Spring is here! But so are the mosquitoes….and heartworms. 

Heartworm Disease Overview Heartworm disease is a serious and potentially fatal disease that can affect dogs, cats, and even ferrets. It is transmitted through a bite of a mosquito that is infected with a larval stage of Dirofilaria immitis (scientific name for heartworm). The mosquito becomes infected by having a blood meal from an infected […]

Puppies & Parvo

New dog owners are always very excited to take their new puppies out to explore the world, meet new friends, and enjoy the sights and sounds. However, puppies first need vaccines to protect them from diseases that easily spread between dogs in our communities. One of the diseases we worry about most is parvovirus. Parvovirus […]

Behavior Changes in Older Cats

Behavior Changes in Older Cats How your older cat’s behavior change may actually be a sign of disease As cats get older, their behavior may start to change. While some behavioral changes are due to environmental stress or Cognitive Dysfunction Syndrome (commonly known as senility), there is often a medical reason underlying the behavioral change. […]

Pet Holiday Hazards

The holiday season is a busy time of year, and in the veterinary world, there’s usually an uptick in cases. Here are a few of the common hazards and situations to consider to keep your pets safe during this season! Foods: Usually the biggest risk for food toxicity is due to something we call “Super […]

Pet Poison Prevention

You have arrived home from work and your Labrador Retriever Gary has upended your backpack and all of its contents. You attempt to call Gary over, but he barely wants to get up from his bed, and when he does he is stumbling and unsteady on his feet. You quickly assess what was in your […]

Valentine’s Day Pet Hazards

Valentine’s Day is approaching, and love is in the air. Which means, chocolates, gifts, and flowers are in the home. But it’s not all roses for our pets if they ingest these goodies. Here are five of the most common reasons we see sick pets around the holidays: Chocolate – Chocolate is dangerous for its […]

So, to swim? Or not to swim? Blue-Green Algae Contamination

The recent reports of dogs dying after swimming in local lakes and reservoirs has left many dog-owners understandably concerned. During these hot summer days, a swim in a lake or pond can be a huge relief from the heat. But what are the risks associated with swimming in local waters? And what can dog-owners do […]

Pet Emergencies

Summer is here! While it’s important to get outside and enjoy the sunshine, it’s important to be aware of some of the hazards more common during this season. Allergies Spring and summer can be difficult for those of us with seasonal allergies, and we are not alone! Dogs have allergies too. Environmental skin allergies and […]

Upset Stomach?

Unfortunately our canine friends can be indiscriminate eaters and may swallow anything they can get their paws on. It is hard to know what they may have quickly gobbled into their mouth at times and thus, we may need to watch them carefully for signs that they may have eaten something they should have. Typically […]

Rabbit Husbandry

Rabbits are a great option for a new family pet. They are generally very friendly and calm and make good additions to most households. Rabbits are prey species in the wild and unfortunately this means they can be a little bit skittish. This means they prefer a quiet and calm environment. When picked up, it […]