According to a recent survey,* more than half of U.S. dogs and cats are overweight. These pets are at a higher risk for developing serious medical problems, including arthritis, diabetes, breathing problems, and some forms of cancer. So how can you slim down your supersized pet and reduce the risk of these diseases? The answer [...]
The Christmas holiday is one of great joy, family reunions and a lot of celebration. But, for some pet loving families, this happy time of year quickly turns to sadness and distress because of a medical emergency. Here are some very real stories of holiday emergencies and some tips on how to avoid a trip [...]
Take a stroll down the pet food aisle of your favorite store and your eyes will take in every imaginable color, a few cartoon characters and a lot of claims stating the food is “improved”, “natural” or even “organic”. It’s truly a marketing bonanza! More than 3,000 brands of pet food fill the aisles and pet owners will spend about $18 billion to feed their pets each and every year. [Dotti] But, high profile recalls, sick pets and corporate mistrust has moved a small number of pet owners to consider making their pets’ food at home, instead of buying it in a bag
As more and more people question the need to vaccinate their pets against infectious diseases, veterinarians are increasingly concerned about the resurgence of a killer. In Georgia, a reservoir of the disease is present in our wildlife. What’s the chance of your pet encountering a rabid animal?
Poet Jean Burden once said that a cat “is still only a whisker away from the wilds” and for many cat enthusiasts, this is the exact reason they love their self-sufficient felines. Experts believe that cats and humans have interacted with each other for more than 10,000 years. From their humble beginnings chasing rodents away [...]
As part of your pet’s regular check up, our veterinarians will spend time peering into the depths of your animal’s eyes. In the majority of cases, the doctor will see eyes that are bright, clear and free of any sort of abnormality. Occasionally though, pets present to one of our veterinarians with injuries, scratches or [...]
It’s a common occurrence…pet owners expressing feelings of frustration, helplessness and even despair from a single symptom. Their pets itch and scratch, itch and scratch - and it is not a flea problem! Although this may not seem like a big deal, these owners suffer through sleepless nights as their pets scratch and chew and lick, all in an attempt to get some needed relief. If it’s not fleas…what can this common problem be?
"Hot Spots" are sore, painful patches of skin which are very itchy and drain a moist material. Golden Retrievers and Labrador Retrievers tend to be the most commonly affected breeds. "Hot Spots" are caused by something irritating the skin, most often allergies. Because of this irritation, dogs scratch incessantly making the problem even worse.
Have you ever considered health insurance for your pet? There are several American pet insurance providers, which offer vastly different options related to coverage and price point. Before selecting a provider, try to find answers to the following questions to help guide your decision:
The importance of proper socialization programs continues to be on the forefront of puppy and kitten behavior. Early prevention of behavioral problems, starting with appropriate socialization, is far better than patient rehabilitation and/or medical intervention later on.