Emergency First Aid

Every now and then animals require emergency treatment. This may be because they have cut their leg on a piece of glass in the park, been hit by a car, or had some other trauma. The most important thing to remember in cases like this is to get them to a vet as soon as [...]

Gastric Dilatation and Volvulus (Bloat)

Gastric dilation and volvulus (GDV), more commonly known as bloat, is a life threatening condition that can lead to death within hours if not recognized and treated immediately. The condition is characterized by rapid and abnormal expansion of the stomach with gas (dilation) which may be followed by the rotation of the stomach (volvulus). When [...]

Skin and Food Allergies

A problem we frequently encounter in our pets with skin problems is food allergy. Interestingly, these animals usually are not showing obvious gastrointestinal signs, just itchy skin or recurrent skin or ear infections. Most times when I suggest a food allergy may be the cause of problems the response I hear is, “but I haven’t [...]

Toxicities In Dogs and Cats

While many of us like to occasionally give our precious pets the odd treat here and there, it should be remembered that these tasty morsels, and other things commonly found around the house, can actually affect the health of your pet. There are many, many foods, plants and other drugs that can cause nasty diseases [...]

August is Dental Awareness Month

Dental Disease Many people are surprised to learn that dental disease is the most common disorder affecting dogs and cats. In fact, studies have shown that 85% of dogs and 75% of cats have some form of gum disease by the age of three. Unfortunately, this disease can have a negative impact on your pet’s [...]

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