Grain-free Pet Diets and Heart Disease in Pets

depiction of grain vs grain-free diet for pets

You may have heard about a link between grain-free diets and canine heart disease from the news or from your veterinarian. If you haven’t, here’s some important information we’d like to share with you: The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has alerted pet owners and veterinary professionals about reports of canine dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) in […]

Melanomas in Companion Dogs and Cats

melanoma in dogs and cats

Most people know about melanoma and know it is a skin cancer. It arises from pigmented skin from a pigmented cell type called melanocytes. In people melanomas are commonly associated with sun exposure and overexposure.  Likewise, the situation in pets involves cancer of the melanocytes and pigmented growths. the difference is, in pets, specific body […]

Rabies and Your Pet

rabies in pets

Rabies has existed for a long time and is one of the most serious viral infections for people and mammals alike, as there are no second-chances. It is always fatal (with the exception of a case where a female was placed into a coma while her body had time to mount an immune response). The […]

Runny Diarrhea in Dogs and Cats

Diarrhea in Dogs

What is Colitis – the cause of mucoid gooey stool? Colitis means that the colon or large intestine is inflamed. The hallmark of colitis is a gooey, frequent diarrhea that may contain blood and/or mucus. The stool may start normal then finish soft or may seem gooey throughout. There is often accompanying gas and the […]

Pet Treats…The Do and Dont’s

pet treat dos and donts

Pet treats are widely used, and for good reason. Treats can be useful training tools, and pets typically like treats (and owners like to make their pets happy). But even something as simple as feeding pets treats carries some risks.  Finding the right treat is essential. Many pet owners don’t realize that some common treats […]

Testicular Tumors in Dogs

testicle tumors in dogs

Testicular tumors are the most common genital tumors found in male dogs. Tumors can grow in one or both testicles. Most types of testicular tumors are malignant. Usually this means that they are cancerous and have the potential to spread and harmfully change the surrounding tissues.  Cancerous tumors can also metastasize (spread) to other organs […]

How To Care for Orphan Puppies & Kittens

kitten care

At some point or another, we usually find baby animals that we wish we hadn’t seen. Kittens or puppies that are too small to care for themselves and without a mother in sight or an injured or dead mother. In other instances a  bitch or queen produces a little but proves that they are unable […]

Not Eating (or Anorexia) in Dogs and Cats

Appetite loss and reduction are important factors in many diseases and they must be recognized and addressed as quickly as possible. Nutrition and lack of nutrition is essential in preventing further issues.  Acceptance of favorite foods often determines if a pet should be hospitalized or not. A couple of off days is generally not a […]

Heart Murmurs in Dogs and Cats

dog heart murmur

What does a murmur mean? A heart murmur is an abnormal sound your veterinarian can hear when listening to your pet’s heart with a stethoscope. Normally, two distinct sounds are heard when listening to the heart of a normal dog or cat. These are often described as “lub” and “dub.” When listening with a stethoscope […]

If You’re Looking for Purebred Cat or Dog, How to Find a Good Breeder

how to find a good breeder

People look for purebred animals for a variety of reasons: happy memories with the breed; predictability of temperament; trained for specific tasks such as hunting, agility, obedience, or other types of work  Sometimes, you can find purebred animals in animal shelters and through rescue groups. Breed-specific rescues only take in a specific breed, or mixes […]