National Dog Bite Prevention Week- Part 2

National Dog Bite Prevention Week® takes place during the week of May 15-21, 2016. The event was created by the American Veterinary Medical Association. It focuses on educating people about preventing dog bites. The AVMA website has many helpful articles relating to education and prevention. We have provided links to them below. Continue…

Kennel Cough

Kennel cough (or canine infectious tracheobronchities) is a term loosely used to describe upper respiratory infections in dogs. It is often characterized by a “honking” or “goose-like” cough. The cause can be viral or bacterial, or a combination of the two. It is called “kennel cough” because the infection can spread quickly among dogs in close quarters such as at groomers, animal shelters, “doggie day-cares” and boarding kennels. Continue…

Obesity in Pets

Obesity is the number one health threat for our pets. It can lead to diseases such as diabetes and heart disease, and can also worsen conditions such as arthritis and orthopedic problems. The Association for Pet Obesity Prevention (APOP) found 58% of U.S. cats and 53% of dogs were overweight in their 2014 survey. Continue…

Pyometra

A Pyometra is an infection in the uterus. This condition is serious and can be life threatening. Prompt veterinary care is imperative. It is a disease that is 100% preventable by spaying your pet. Continue…

The Sewing Needle

On Friday, August 7th, a well-known feline patient presented to our hospital. He is a very playful cat at home and is known to chew on things. The clients noticed the cat was gagging that morning as if he had a hairball. Later they noticed a pillow lying in the middle of the floor in the sewing room. They had been working on the pillow and knew it had a loose thread with a needle attached to it. When found, the thread was still attached but the needle was missing. They promptly brought him in to the hospital concerned he may have swallowed it. Continue…