Healthy Pets

Healthy Pets

Just like humans, pets can experience an array of emotions. We can easily see when our pets feel joy and happiness, and can all too easily tell when they’re unhappy. Another common emotion that pets experience is anxiety, especially when away from their owners or when trying new experiences. Anything…
Being owned by a dog has many perks, but the best one is that we commit ourselves to an active lifestyle. Daily walks with your dog not only enhance the physical and mental health of your canine BFF, but also of yours! Exercise is as important for your dog as…
According to the Coconut Research Center, coconut (cocos nucifera) oil has been used in humans to treat everything from abscesses, asthma, baldness, bronchitis, bruises, burns, colds, constipation, cough, dropsy, dysentery, earache, fever, flu, gingivitis, gonorrhea, irregular or painful menstruation, jaundice, kidney stones, lice, malnutrition, nausea, rash, scabies, scurvy, skin infections,…
Whenever I reach for the syringe filled with the pentobarbital to perform a euthanasia, I am flooded with memories. Euthanasia is the most difficult task I have to perform as a veterinarian. I do believe that all pets go to heaven. After all, it wouldn’t be heaven without our pets!…
Is your pet healthy? There is much more to a healthy pet than just getting a good health exam at the veterinarian’s office. While their physical health is of vital importance, so is their mental, nutritional and grooming health! An all encompassing, holistic view to pet health allows us to…
Dogs and cats can’t tell you directly if their legs hurt, but limping or holding up a paw is a sure bet something is bothering your furry friend. Lameness can appear suddenly or have a gradual onset. There are many reasons why a pet might have pain in an extremity.…
Holistic grooming is the practice of grooming your pet in a stress-free environment in order to provide optimal health for both body and mind. Starting off on the right paw! Puppy grooms are critical in developing trust between groomer and puppy. A puppy’s first groom should be between three and…
There is a lot of information out there about pet care. Some is excellent, some not so much, and much of it is conflicting. I often tell my clients, “When you’re confused about what to believe, think about nature and what makes sense in order to sort out who or…
This is Pet Wellness Month! Do you consider yourself a proactive or a reactive pet owner? Just like with your own health, it makes sense to take a proactive approach to keep your pet as healthy as possible. First, you need to keep your budget in mind. Diagnostic testing can…
Carnivores in the wild forage for berries and select grasses. Even felines consume a tiny amount of the pre-digested green stuff when they devour their prey. So, this veterinarian gives you the green light to feed healthy “people food,” namely fruits and vegetables, to your dog or cat! With a…
The family pet is typically a beloved and cherished member of the family, one whom no one wants to see succumb to sickness or illness. But just like their human counterparts, pets can get sick, and it might surprise some pet owners to learn their pets aren’t immune to diseases most commonly associated with human beings. One such…
Veterinarians promote vaccination as a means to a good early start for babies. There are some vaccinations that save lives, but some vaccination protocols are excessive, risky and a waste of money! A puppy or kitten’s immune system is not competent to respond to a vaccine until eight weeks of…
Well, it’s that time of year again … when the fleas and ticks are starting to come alive and send everyone running to their vets with worry about heartworm and flea infestation; not to mention Lyme disease. With good reason! It can be a very serious situation to have your…
The medical term for itching is pruritus. Muller and Kirk’s “Small Animal Dermatology” text describes this as “an unpleasant sensation that provokes the desire to scratch … The skin is richly endowed by a network of sensory nerves and receptors … The itch sensation may be modified by emotional factors…
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