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 […]

Continuing our "Getting to Know" series, this month we share an interview with Dr. Hu. 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 […]

Just like people, pets age and approach their "senior" years. For dogs, that tends to occur around age 7 and age 8 for cats — although there are differences as smaller breeds tend to reach their golden years somewhat later. As beloved members of the family, our collective objective is to keep your pets happy, […]

This month we kick off our "Getting to Know" series with our first "interview" with Dr. Lim. Over the coming months, we’ll share information about other Kirkwood Animal Hospital team members. 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 […]

With the heat of summer now upon us, below are several important tips to keep your pet healthy and safe. Never, Ever Leave your Pet in the Car Like children, under no circumstance should a pet ever be left in a car unattended — even if the windows remain open. Studies have demonstrated on a […]

Foxtails are grasses with barbed seeds that are exceptionally dangerous to dogs and outdoor cats in our area. Foxtail seeds contain razor-sharp needles that allow the seed to penetrate the earth and begin the growing process. However, their hardened, barbed structure also enables foxtails to burrow into your pet’s skin and penetrate sensitive tissue. Foxtails […]

If you’re reading this we’re sure you love your pets. And we know that panicked feeling when you think something might be wrong. Why is he whining? Why is she limping? Is he in pain? Is this something serious? What should I do? What can I do? But, we all want answers fast and given […]

Veterinary medicine is much more than vaccines. It is about maintaining the wellness, happiness and longevity of your pet based upon proactive health management. This month’s newsletter focuses upon a growing issue–overweight pets. Pets, just like people, need to remain active and eat the proper foods to maintain a healthy weight. According to recent research […]

As a provider of your pet’s care, we would like to highlight within this month’s newsletter the emergence of canine influenza—a highly infectious disease that is occurring with increasing frequency in our area. Just like people, healthy pets sometimes fall ill. Our priority is to help maintain the wellness of your pet—taking proactive measures to […]