Posts in Category: Pet Healthcare

Dog Nail Trimming: 3 Tips For A Stress-free Clip

dog nail trimmingIn all my years of experience with grooming, training, and rescuing dogs, I’ve learned that almost nothing causes as much stress for dogs and their owners as dog nail trimming. Dogs who are otherwise sweet and cuddly suddenly turn into snapping, screeching panic-monsters. Owners who love their dogs are afraid to do their nails out of fear that they may hurt their pup—or that, in panic, their dog may hurt them. As a groomer, I’ve trimmed more toenails than you could imagine… and I’ve experienced the full spectrum of reactions from the dogs I work with.  Today, I’ll share a few tips to help both you and your dog become more comfortable with the process of dog nail trimming. Continue…

Living With A Senior Cat: Sylvie’s Story

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Sylvie sleeping in the window

Many of you know our senior cat, Sylvie.  Sylvie loves to play, she is curious about new objects and loves people, kids, dogs and even other cats.  She reigns the entire clinic with her iron claw and melts the heart of anyone she meets.  This year she turned 14, and a few months ago she stopped doing all these things.  Sylvie was losing weight, sleeping more, and not interacting with people and objects like she normally does.  The entire clinic and many of our clients were concerned about her well-being. Continue…

Diabetes In Cats: How To Recognize And Treat

diabetes in catsNovember is Diabetes Awareness Month.  The signs and treatment are very similar in dogs and cats, but this week Dr. Anna Coffin will concentrate on diabetes in cats.  The major difference between dog and cat diabetes is that cat diabetes if treated properly and quickly; cats can go into remission. Continue…

Hair’s the Deal: Managing Cat Hair in Your Home

hairAll cats shed. All of them. Even the “hairless” variety, which has a barely-there downy fuzz. Shedding is part of a healthy coat in any cat. The hair grows to a certain length, dies, then falls out.  Long haired cats shed longer hairs, which makes it seem like a LOT more hair, short-haired cats shed shorter hair, which makes it seem less. If you have a cat, you will have to deal with shed. Period. Continue…

Pet Wellness Plans: What Is It And Do You Need It?

pet wellness plansKeeping your pet healthy is a veterinarian’s number one priority.  The easiest way to keep your pet happy and healthy is an annual visit to the veterinarian.  Do you have trouble affording your pet’s annual vaccinations, testing and preventative medication?  If you do, then pet wellness plans can help you get the care your pet needs with affordable monthly payments. Continue…

Things you might not know about Rabies vaccine

Rabies vaccineThe first written record of Rabies occurred in the 23rd Century B.C.  Even back then; they understood that fact that this disease was transmitted by the bite of an animal.  Unfortunately, it wasn’t until the 19th Century that there was an accurate diagnosis, isolation of the virus and discovery of a Rabies vaccine and treatment for human exposure. Continue…

New Dog Allergy Treatment Offers More Hope For Dogs

dog allergy treatmentOne of the top reasons for veterinary visits is skin disease caused by allergies. In the past, dog allergy treatment involved masking of the signs with steroids.  Unfortunately, steroids cause some bad side effects, and in fact, long term use can lead to diabetes and other serious endocrine disorders.  Now veterinarians have a new drug that mimics your dog’s immune system and blocks the pathway which is involved in the itch cycle. Continue…

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