“My pet is not fat, he’s just big boned.”  Did you know that 45% of pet owners feel their overweight pet is an ideal weight?  Over 50% of cats and dogs in the US are overweight or obese.  So, how do you know if your pet is fat?  Ideal weight dogs should have a “waist” […]

Heartworms are parasitic worms which live in susceptible host bodies (dogs and other canids, cats, ferrets and even sea lions and rarely humans) and are transmitted in a complicated life cycle via mosquito vectors. After infection, these worms can live in the arteries of the lungs and in the heart and cause inflammation and tissue […]

Ear Infections Otitis externa, or ear infections, are common afflictions in any breed dogs.  Cocker spaniels and “floppy” eared dogs have higher tendencies have recurring problems with their ears.  Ear infections can be caused by any multitude of predisposing factors; including hygiene, bacterial infections, yeast infections, parasites, allergies, exposure to water, and foreign bodies.  Signs […]

One of the most common reasons that cats and dogs visit their veterinarian is the constant scratching or licking that keeps both pets and owners awake at night and distracted during the day. For some pets, this can be a seasonal occurrence, but for the unlucky ones it can become a constant, year-long battle. Allergies […]

Coming off the holiday season, it is important to distinguish among pancreatitis, gastroenteritis and colitis — some common causes of diarrhea and vomiting we can see in our pets. So, which disease does my pet have? If so, what do I do about it? What is dietary indiscretion?   Dietary indiscretion is a term, used by […]

Do I need to vaccinate my pet? Your decision to vaccinate your pet depends on several factors: Your pet’s risk of exposure to disease-causing organisms based on your pet’s environment and exposure to other animals Consequences of infection Age and health of your animal Protective ability of the vaccine Frequency or severity of reactions associated with vaccination and […]