The summer is here, and it’s a great time to be out and about with your pets. But be aware at this time of year there are small seeds from grass-like weeds, called foxtails, that can embed themselves in your pet’s feet, ears, eyes, mouth and skin. These hard, fish hook-like seeds produce tremendous discomfort […]

This month’s newsletter focuses upon how to safely exercise with your pet during hot summer days. How Your Pet Keeps Cool Unlike humans who reduce body temperature via the evaporative effects of sweating, our furry friends primarily cool down by expending heat through panting. Secondarily, pets can lower their body temperature by sweating through skin […]

Summer is the ideal time for fun and relaxation for the entire family. Below are several tips that will help your family vacation with your pet. But before you embark, ensure your contact information is clearly visible on your pet’s collar and we conduct a pet check-up for a worry-free trip. Then, pack your pet’s […]

Healthcare for pet has, thankfully, become more sophisticated over the years and skilled veterinarians are increasingly able to diagnose and treat ailments earlier and faster—extending the lives of our beloved pets. But as with people, the advances in science, technology and healthcare often come with a price—literally. This month we focus upon the role pet […]

This month we focus upon technology to help monitor, locate and identify your pet—keeping them safe. According to the ASPCA, one out of seven owners lost a dog or cat in the past five years. Of the 93% of lost pets that were found, 6% were found at shelters while 15% were found via identification […]

This month we focus upon the items that you should have immediately on-hand to help your pet in an emergency situation — essentially your pet’s first aid kit. While pet first aid kits are commercially available, below is a short list of items that we recommend you purchase and organize in a separate satchel just […]

It’s hard to believe it’s February and now that the New Year is fully underway, it’s time to again focus upon maintaining the health of your pets. While the entire staff at Kirkwood Animal Hospital is ready to respond to any situation, our greatest joy is derived by keeping your pet healthy, active and alert. […]

Continuing our “Getting to Know” series, this month we share an interview with Dr. Ueno. Our objective is for you to know more about each of us, why we’re passionate about pets and how we each developed the skills and experience to help maintain the wellness and health of your pets. A Discussion with Dr. […]

With the holidays rapidly approaching, we wanted to share some considerations when giving or receiving toys for your pets. Choking Hazards Choking occurs when a pet ingests an item that blocks an airway or induces uncontrollable coughing. Choking can be caused by small, large, soft or sharp items that fall off, are chewed off or […]

Your Pet’s Teeth Just like people, our pets need healthy and strong teeth to ensure their well-being, comfort and ability to eat and play without pain. This month’s newsletter focuses upon your role in maintaining your pet’s dental health. The Importance of Clean Teeth and Healthy Gums Keeping your pet’s teeth clean is vital to […]