With the holidays rapidly approaching during a very challenging yer, 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 […]

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 […]

Now that we’re all use to spending more time with our pets, limiting the risk of an unsupervised pet separation and ensuring their return is even more vital today. This month we focus upon the importance of pet identification, microchipping and pet tracking.   Pet Identification Beyond having your pet’s name on an identification tag […]

As our pets age, we need to provide them with additional love and support. This month we focus upon helping pets with arthritis. What is Arthritis? To begin, arthritis is the inflammation of the joints that is often manifested in decreased mobility due to pain, discomfort and stiffness. Over time, the joint cartilage (the cushion […]

Just like people, taking care of your pet’s teeth is essential for their comfort, happiness and long-term health. This month we review the importance and procedures to keep your pet’s teeth healthy. Importance of Healthy Teeth and Gums While the health of a pet is often viewed by their energy/activity level or desire to eat/drink, […]

This month we wanted to focus upon a relatively common situation among pets which could indicate a potential underlying health issue — diarrhea. What is Diarrhea? Diarrhea is best described as a disturbance in your pet’s gastrointestinal system — with material moving through your pet’s intestine at a faster rate resulting in decreased water, nutrients […]

When travel calls and your pet cannot accompany you or the family, what should you do? Finding a facility to board your pet is the topic of this month’s newsletter. Background Most of us enjoy spending time with our pets. Since the shelter-in-place mandate began, we have grown accustomed to spending more time with them […]

  As state and local guidelines change, please know that Kirkwood is vigilantly following and evaluating all COVID protocols recommended for a safe re-opening.   We would like to update you on our status for the upcoming weeks. We are extending our dog daycare appointment time slots to every half hour to accommodate COVID social distancing […]

Now that we’re in late spring, it’s time to be on the lookout for both fleas and ticks. While both are present in our area year-round, they are more active between March through June. Fleas Unfortunately, fleas are more than a nuisance for your pet as they present real health risks. Fleas can carry tapeworm […]

With the current shelter in place mandate, many of us have spent time online searching for medical information. This month’s newsletter shares the type of pet-related information that you can reliably trust, and when you should seek the experience and expertise from a veterinarian. The Need for Professional Diagnoses A great deal of formal training […]