Avoiding Pet Emergencies

The best thing about Anal Glands? The fact that WE don’t have them! For those of you who have never heard of Anal Glands (Anal Sacs) or who have never had to deal with issues regarding them in your dog or cat, consider yourself fortunate. Many, if not most pet owners, are familiar with the… Continue reading

While we have all been complaining about the spring weather that just didn’t seem to want to show up, thoughts of fleas, ticks and the diseases they carry have very much been in the background. Of course there have been some occasional pockets of these nasty little pests but by in large we have gotten… Continue reading

Despite all the warnings, news articles, TV news stories, public cautions and the like, no holiday season is ever over until we have had at least two or three phone calls and subsequent very sick pets as a result of one or more of the following: 1. A canine companion who has grabbed a turkey… Continue reading

Even though the temperature feels more like summer, we will soon feel the chill of fall in the air. For our pets it should serve as a reminder to think about the challenges soon to face these companions. Parasites Most pet owners think of fleas and ticks as a spring and summer issue. In reality,… Continue reading

Let’s be real here. Who hasn’t, at some time in their cat or dog’s life, offered up something that was left over from a meal, not eaten by a child or just seemed like something that would make our pet happy. To those of you who can raise their hands on that question….kudos to you.… Continue reading

It happens every year. We get consumed with plans for the holidays, decorating the tree, sprucing up the house, baking cookies and whatever other activity one thinks of when preparing for the holidays. But where are the cats? Are the dogs far away from anything that they might consider edible? No matter how vigilant we… Continue reading

We all get bombarded daily by the sound bites. This product is “natural”, “whole” or in some instances “organic”. As someone who likes to be cautious about what I put in my body don’t think I am minimizing the importance of “clean” foods or supplements. Unfortunately, however, there is growing acceptance in our culture that… Continue reading

Several times annually we receive reports from the pet insurance companies listing the most common diseases reported for felines and canines. Even though we deal with many of these conditions daily they are rarely easy to cure. For example one of the most common diseases in cats is feline lower urinary tract disease. Although dogs… Continue reading

He was supposed to be around for a long time well into their retirement. But when the four year old terrier stopped eating and was listless for several days, the owners knew something was very wrong with Duffy. He was admitted to our hospital for exam, blood work and to treat his dehydration. Within minutes… Continue reading

Maybe the birds aren’t quite singing or the flowers popping up through the ground (snow?) but winter finally seems to be losing its choke hold on New England. The clocks have “sprung” forward. A recent warming trend finally arrived (I was wondering if this year was to be the eternal winter) and the ten foot… Continue reading