Categories for Avoiding Pet Emergencies

Table Food for your Pet………….Good or Bad?

March 24, 2016

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. When the cat is weaving in and out of my ankles while I am sautéing shrimp on the stove or the dog is staring at me with eyes that say all but “please may I have a taste” I just melt. Is this so bad?... View Article

It’s That Most Wonderful Time of Year but Not for Pets

December 3, 2015

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 are it never fails to happen. The phone rings…..we pick it up and the next thing we know a pound of chocolate is gone from the kitchen counter…..consumed by our black Lab, Clyde. Or we get out the decorations and don’t get them totally hung... View Article

Just Because It’s “Natural” that Doesn’t Mean Safe

October 23, 2015

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 something that is deemed as “natural” is inherently safe. Consider for example the drug digitalis. Digitalis is a chemical that comes from a plant and is used in several different types of heart disease. It is an important chemical and in some cases life saving... View Article

Many Common Pet Diseases Are Stress Impacted

October 1, 2015

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 suffer from this condition far less frequently, for them, their struggle with gastro intestinal diseases such as vomiting and diarrhea can be just as elusive. Coincidentally both of these disease conditions have one thing in common. There can be a myriad of causes for lower... View Article

Always Lurking but Rarely Diagnosed……….. Leptospirosis is a Real Threat in New England

May 12, 2015

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 we suspected Leptospirosis, an occasionally seen and always present bacteria that can affect the kidneys and liver in a mortal fashion. In spite of aggressive supportive care, Duffy continued to decline. His kidney levels were extremely high and around the clock fluid therapy failed to... View Article

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