With the holidays rapidly approaching, many are wondering what gifts they should be considering for their furry family members. In this month’s newsletter, we share some ideas that your pet will truly appreciate. Treats Some pets will happily receive treats in lieu of toys this holiday season. To help ensure your pets do not overindulge, […]

As the goal of our newsletters is to help educate and keep your pets healthy, this month we wanted to share the source, symptoms and treatment for canine distemper — a potentially deadly condition. What is Canine Distemper? Simply put, canine distemper is a virus (paramyxovirus which is similar and related to measles) that attacks […]

This month we wanted to re-emphasize the importance of keeping your pet’s rabies vaccination current. It’s not only the law, it’s vital to your pet’s health — and your own. What is Rabies? Rabies is a deadly viral infection of the nervous system that can impact all mammals — including dogs, cats and humans. Rabies […]

There have been several recent media mentions regarding contaminated pet food. This month, we explore three common types of pet food contamination — sharing the symptoms, treatment and potential risk to both pets and their owners. Salmonella Salmonella is a bacteria that commonly causes “food poisoning.” Pet food contaminated with Salmonella bacteria does not usually […]

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 […]