Dental Care for your pets

Pet Dental Health  When it comes to companion animal oral health, it seems that “out of sight, out of mind” often prevails.  Ignoring our pet’s dental care can lead to oral pain, poor overall health, costly extractions and horrible stinky breath! Dogs have 42 teeth and cats have 30 teeth.  Like humans, dogs and cats …

The importance of Micro-chipping

May is Micro-chip your pet month! Microchipping our pets has been a large part of pet identification and has dramatically increased the chances that we can reunite lost pets with their owns. While it has become largely popular, there is still some misunderstanding and confusion when it comes to microchips. Microchips are small, rice sized, devices that are loaded …

Urine Testing 101

Urine Testing & Why Veterinarians Recommend it:  Urinalysis is a routine test that tests the physical and chemical properties of urine. It is used mainly to assess the health of the kidneys and urinary system, but it can also reveal problems in other organ systems, and is important for diagnosing metabolic disease such as diabetes mellitus. It …

Spring Cleaning To-Do

Spring Cleaning To-Do Spring is a wonderful time of year – warmer weather, more time to be outdoors, and gardens are blooming.  As you start thinking about spring cleaning projects, consider these ones for your pets:    * Create a regular grooming schedule – whether it’s a full haircut, a bath, or a brush out it’s …

Itchy pets?

Itchy Pets?   We see a lot of itchy pets, and we know how frustrating skin issues can be. There are many possible causes of your pet’s itchy skin; and most chronic skin issues are caused by a combination of things. Common causes of itchy skin:Allergies (i.e. fleas, food, environmental)Mites (i.e. demodex, scabies)Fungus (i.e .‘‘ringworm”)Secondary bacterial …

March is Poison Prevention Month

Pet Poison Prevention March is Pet Poison Prevention Month.  Unless instructed by a vet, avoid giving your pets anything meant for people (especially medications). Accidents happen, so if your pet gets into something they shouldn’t, call a pet poison hotline like ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center at 888-426-4435.  They have toxicologists on staff and reference material that will help them …