Categories for Avoiding Pet Emergencies

Dog (and Cat) Days of Summer Are Here………Careful

June 26, 2014

We have all heard the caution before.  As the weather gets hotter, heat stroke is a real concern in dogs and cats.  But is locking your pet in the car for ten minutes really that bad?  Are there other scenarios we have to be aware of?  Can heat stroke really come on in ten minutes/  The answers to the above questions are yes, yes and yes.  The interior temperature of a car that is parked in sunlight will rise from 70 degrees (assuming that is the outside temperature) to 93 degrees in ten minutes.  Give it another ten minutes and the... View Article

Why Cats Don’t Come to the Vet………but Should

June 3, 2014

“My vet doesn’t like cats”.  I hate bringing my cat to the vet….it’s so stressful”.  “My cat doesn’t need to go to the vet.  He’s an indoor cat”.   These are several of the typical responses when cat owners are queried as to why they don’t visit the vet on a regular basis.  As veterinarians we are continually barraged with articles regarding the underutilization of veterinary services among the cat population.  While it is true that some practices would prefer caring for dogs and that trips to the vet for the cat can be stressful this trend is unsettling.  As a profession... View Article

Are Vet Fees Too Expensive…….?

March 13, 2014

Yes…….and……. No. After all, you didn’t think the answer would be easy. One of the most common criticisms we hear about veterinary practices is how expensive it is to bring your pet to the vet. Over the past few years the quality of pet care has improved tremendously and with that improvement the cost of care has become, at times, unaffordable. As pet owners we need to figure out a way to afford medical care for our pet companions. Why has the cost of care risen and what can you, as a pet owner, do about it? There is no... View Article

Don’t Make this Mistake with your Dog or Cat’s Eyes!

November 5, 2013

This story is all too common with consequences that were serious yet avoidable for this pet. The owner of a nine year old Labrador Retriever noticed one evening when she came home from work that her dog was squinting. She took a closer look with a light source to see if there was anything obvious in the eye. She saw nothing abnormal so the assumption was that there was a speck of dust, an eyelash or a minor irritation in the eye. It was late and she was tired from a long day and figured it would go away. Next... View Article

How Can I Tell if My Pet is in Pain?

October 24, 2013

Pets have an uncanny ability to hide pain. This adaptive behavior originated in order that when living in their natural wild environment any weakness would not be apparent to possible predators. Frequently, in older pets, we as pet owners assume that any slowing down in behavior or activity is a function of aging. While it is true that pets, like people, do slow down a bit as the years pass there is often a source of pain that is linked with decreased function. Decrease in appetite, loss of enthusiasm, unwillingness to go for walks may all be significant changes. It... View Article

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