Avoiding Pet Emergencies

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/ … Continue reading

“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… Continue reading

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… Continue reading

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… Continue reading

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… Continue reading

It is a common story this time of year. The phone calls and visits from canine and feline owners alike with pets that are vomiting, not eating and just not acting right. Of course the typical question: “Could he have gotten into anything he shouldn’t have?” “Any possibility she raided the trash or found a… Continue reading

In this next installment regarding pet health insurance we take a look at PetPlan USA.  The USA label is critical as PetPlan which has been available in other parts of the world for over thirty years is now available in the US.  Though not yet having had any personal contact with the insurer, all indications… Continue reading

As pet owners we all tend to closely observe our pets.  We know their habits, behaviors and routines.  So when something doesn’t seem quite right….what should we do?  As a veterinarian I always consider the pet family’s observation  the most valuable clue we have in evaluating health.  Of course sometimes we all push the panic… Continue reading

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

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