Candy. Costumes. Creepy crawlies. Who doesn’t love Halloween? Or maybe we should call it Howl-o-ween. These days, even our pets are getting into the trick-or-treat scene. I’m always astounded at the variety of inventive dog Halloween costumes available at pet supply stores or from the creative minds and talented fingers of their owners. My “grandpugs,” […]
Attention, animal lovers, it’s almost the spookiest night of the year! The ASPCA recommends taking some common sense precautions this Halloween to keep you and your pet saying “trick or treat!” all the way to November 1. Continue Reading…..
Posted on Sep 26, 2013 in Tips
The start of fall brings new seasonal household items that pose a threat to the safety of our pets. These common household items can cause serious problems if ingested by animals. Here is the list of seasonal products that the veterinarians at Pet Poison Helpline recommend keeping away from pets. Continue Reading….
Posted on Aug 30, 2013 in Tips
A car ride! A car ride! For most dogs it’s the greatest thing since the cookie. But a dog can get motion sickness just like people do, which can mean that even a short car trip becomes stressful for the dog–and disgusting for the owner. Fortunately, there are ways to ease motion sickness, including conditioning […]
Posted on Aug 27, 2013 in Tips
What to Bring (Besides Your Bird!) When you bring home your bird, he should be evaluated by an avian veterinarian as soon as possible. To take full advantage of that first examination, be sure to arrive prepared: – Write out a list of questions to bring to the exam. Continue Reading…..
Posted on Aug 22, 2013 in Tips
ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center (APCC) experts field tens of thousands of calls each year involving animal companions who’ve had potentially hazardous contact with insecticides, weed killers and pet-toxic plants. “Keeping animals safe from accidental poisonings should not end once you’ve stepped outside,” says Dana Farbman, APCC pet poison prevention expert. “Protecting your pet […]
Posted on Jul 29, 2013 in Tips
Whether your new kitten is from a breeder, shelter, neighbor, or simply a stray you’ve brought into your home, one of the first things you need to do is arrange a veterinary checkup. Continue Reading……..
Posted on Jul 18, 2013 in Tips
Two of the most common routine procedures performed on pets are spaying and neutering. The benefits of spaying of a female dog, called routine ovariohysterectomy, and neutering a male dog, castration, include population control, fewer incidents of certain types of cancers and fewer hormonally-driven behaviors. Because spaying and neutering are such popular procedures, it tends […]
Posted on Jul 13, 2013 in Tips
Companion avians are extra sensitive to what’s going on in the air. Whatever they inhale goes to all parts of their bodies very quickly. This sensitivity, coupled with their small size, makes it especially dangerous for birds to breathe in cooking fumes and eat some of the foods and plants that are commonly found in […]
Although a dog’s ears need to be regularly monitored for his entire life, a little basic maintenance is generally all that’s required to keep them clean and healthy. Watch this video on how to clean your dogs ears…..
Posted on Jul 1, 2013 in Tips
With the start of summer fun, we also see the start of summer toxicities. Here are a few tips to discuss with clients on some of the more common summer problems. Fireworks: Make sure pets around fire pits are kept on a leash. We can see a wide variety of severe signs in pets who […]
In the summer, a hot dog is both a ballpark staple and a veterinarian’s nightmare. Dogs — the four-legged kind — get “cooked” far more easily than people do. And that means dog lovers need to be careful to be sure their pets don’t end up in the ER with heat stroke. Continue Reading…..