Kitten Essentials 101

things to know before getting a kitten

Ready to bring that cute kitten home? Here are some essential things to know about kittens: First, kittens are supreme experts at getting people to fall in love with them in one glance, so be prepared for that if you go to simply have a peek at kittens, you will likely return home with one […]

Anaplasma Infection in the Dog

Ixodes tick

Anaplasmosis is a tick-borne disease. Two types of infections can happen: granulocytic anaplasmosis and infectious cyclic thrombocytopenia. Granulocytic anaplasmosis is more common, but your canine companion can have both infections at the same time. Transmission is via a tick. A tick needs to be attached for a minimum of 24 hours to transmit the organism. […]

Sleep Disturbances in Older Dogs

dog sleeping on couch

Sleep is essential for dogs and people. As in people disturbances of the sleep-wake cycle can occur in older pets and is a common problem, occurring for many reasons, including both medical and anxiety-related causes. Diagnosis and Clinical Signs There are many reasons an older dog may have difficulty sleeping at night. Just like humans, […]

Thunderstorm Anxiety in Dogs

Thunderstorm Anxiety in Dogs treatment

Reactions to thunderstorms are not uncommon: loud noises from overhead are difficult for dogs to process and understand. While many dogs get accustomed to storms over time, others may become more anxious with ongoing exposure. Even a single frightening event during a storm may contribute to your pup’s fear. The degree of anxiety is based on […]

Why Does My Dog or Cat Eat Poop?

why dogs eat cat feces

Eating feces, also called coprophagia, can be distressing  for dog and cat owners. Whether it’s the pet’s own feces or someone else’s, the act itself is, well, gross, and not acceptable behavior for us to do, so it’s hard for us to watch our pets do it? So why does this happen? What can you, as […]

Gooey Diarrhea in Dogs and Cats from Colitis (Colon Inflammation)

Diarrhea in Dogs

What is Colitis? Colitis is the term for inflammation of the colon. The hallmark of colitis is a gooey diarrhea featuring mucus, fresh blood, or both. The stool may start normal then finish soft or may seem gooey throughout. There is often accompanying cramping, gas, and a sense of urgency. Vomiting can be a feature […]

Lipomas in Older Dogs and Cats

Lipomas dog

Finding a lump or lumps on your pet is a disturbing event and definitely warrants a trip to the veterinarian’s office for an evaluation. Happily, it is not uncommon for the verdict to turn out to be “just a lipoma” or simply a “benign fatty tumor” and nothing to worry about. Still, the lipoma is […]