News & Updates

There is an unusual aspect to fall in New England.  For some unknown reason there is an increase in  Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease at the onset of the cooler fall weather.  FLUTD as this condition is most often named is associated with many different diseases.   Interstitial Cystitis or severe inflammation and pain in the… Continue reading

Overweight or obesity in dogs and cats is a problem that has grown to alarming proportions.  Although it is our responsibility as  pet caretakers to manage their weight, the majority of pet food manufacturers have not  helped.  In their efforts to provide foods that are nutritious, low residue and palatable the industry has produced many… Continue reading

West Nile Virus; Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE); mosquito spraying in this town or that one……..You can’t watch, listen or read the news without hearing about these vector (mosquito or other insects) borne diseases.  When it comes to our dogs and cats do we need to worry? The term “worry” might be a bit strong but… Continue reading

As the summer heat and humidity wind down our cats and dogs begin one of their favorite activities……..they scratch.  Or they bite at themselves or rub their back on the rug, furniture and whatever else they can find to scratch that itch.  Is it fleas…or allergies?  Actually it could be both. As summer segues into… Continue reading

Sooner or later all of us with pets will have to clean up an unfortunate mess.  According to pet health insurance company statistics, digestive  problems such as vomiting and diarrhea are two of the  most common reasons that pet owners present cats and dogs to the veterinarian.  While an occasional episode is not usually life… Continue reading

Daily in our veterinary practice clients bring in cats as well as dogs stating that their pet has an infected ear.  Often the most common symptom is scratching at the ear or shaking the head.  Family members will often comment that there is an odor or discharge around the pet’s head.  Frequently the family suspects… Continue reading

This is a common response of many pet owners upon first hearing this suggestion. As the relationship between oral health and systemic disease becomes clearer we as the caretaker of our pets have this added responsibility.  In the realm of steps we can take to prolong and improve our pets’ lives,  tooth brushing is  one… Continue reading

A few days ago we received a call from a client with a 6 month old mixed breed hound.  While vacationing on Cape Cod this weekend the pup began to limp on a rear leg after running through the sand.  No cry was heard,  no catastrophic event noted.  But there was no question that for… Continue reading

Spring is upon us in a big way in New England.  The record warmth early, the deluges later and now the seasonal temperatures  have brought on a bumper crop of ticks,  fleas and mosquitoes.  The scratching and irritation your dog and cat exhibit is but a minor inconvenience (maybe not for them) compared to the… Continue reading

In the past 5 to 10 years the growth of veterinary dental practices has been rapid.  Tooth brushing for dogs and cats has long been emphasized as part of routine care as has the need for dental prophylaxis or professional cleaning.  But often we receive calls from pet owners who have recently visited their veterinarians … Continue reading