Has your dog ever had a persistent cough that they just could not seem to shake? This month we focus upon the causes, symptoms and cures of “kennel cough,” a critical and contagious disease that is treatable. What is Kennel Cough? Kennel cough is a relatively common respiratory disease that impacts dogs of all ages, […]

I became an owner of Kirkwood Animal Hospital almost 40 years ago as I wanted to practice veterinary medicine my way. I wanted Kirkwood to be a valued resource and service to the community. My mission was to provide quality veterinary care by taking a systematic, sensible and individualized approach to each case while being […]

Our pets are domesticated animals with incredible visual, olfactory (smell) and auditory senses. This month, we focus upon your pet’s ears sharing how they function and how to keep them healthy and operating at the highest level. How our Pet’s Ears Work Whether floppy or standing up at attention, your pet’s ear is responsible for […]

This month we would like to focus upon an issue among pets as they approach their “middle age,” a torn CCL. We’ll explain what happens, how to repair it, and how to help your pet avoid such situations. What is the CCL? CCL stands for the Cranial Cruciate Ligament and it connects your pet’s upper […]

Pets often visit us in an effort to obtain relief from their frequent scratching or licking. Often this is related to an allergy. For some pets, this is a seasonal condition while it may be a constant, year-long battle for others. This month we’ll explore pet allergies and how you can help your pets be […]

Walking your pet can always lead to unpredictable situations — such as meeting old friends or seeing an object that was previously unnoticed. But, at times, an outing can result in an unanticipated encounter with an aggressive pet. This month, we focus upon prevention and what to do if your pet is involved in an […]

In the world of people, our vision is the primary sense that helps us understand our environment. For our pets, their primary environmental sense is smell. This month, we focus upon the delicate topic of your pet’s anal glands — what you need to know and how to help keep your pet healthy. Anal Glands […]

With the New Year finally here, many of us have made resolutions to improve our lives. But, we should also consider making some important resolutions on behalf of our pets. This month, we focus upon a very easy but limited set of resolutions that can help your pet—and you. 1. Spend Time Together Typically, many […]

With the holidays rapidly approaching during a very challenging yer, we wanted to share some considerations when giving or receiving toys for your pets. Here are a few recommendations from poodleexpert.com: 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, […]

With the impact of the pandemic still evident upon all of us, we wanted to focus this month upon the importance of vaccinating your pet. What is a vaccine? A vaccine is a biological tool designed to stimulate and elevate your pet’s natural immune system to effectively thwart particular disease-causing agents, such as viruses, bacteria […]