It is the week of Valentine’s Day! This means different things to different people. To some it means romantic dinners, to others (most of us) it means that delicious candy will soon be on sale. The one thing that everyone thinks about is hearts. Sure, we think about cute red and pink heart s…

February is pet dental health month. Dentals often get overlooked for many reasons. However, that doesn’t mean that they aren’t of the utmost importance. There is a very high chance that I’ve talked to you about it in the clinic, or that your veterinarian has. Although it may not be my favor…

This week you were promised ways to enrich your indoor feline’s life. This may be for a permanent indoor cat or a cat that is driven inside by the new snow and cold. You don’t have to wait until you are seeing issues to start these. In fact, if you do them from the beginning you may never ha…

Life changes strike fear into my heart. I hate moving my life around and changing schedules and plans. I’ve taught my pets to also love routine and schedules, and not love breaking from the ordinary. I don’t like big new purchases, even. The funny thing about that? I have a baby on the way! …

We are now officially down to the gift-buying wire. Christmas is NEXT week, so you don’t even have seven days left. Some people thrive on this last-minute adrenaline, though I will admit I am not one of them. I like to have everything buttoned down well in advance. Last-minute inspiration ca…

So, for the first time in a while, I failed to get my Christmas tree in November. This is a big letdown for me, but thankfully it is now up. For that reason, my holiday article is also a little bit late, since I’m always reminded by the animals gazing at my tree.

This week I’m going to talk about a fairly boring but very important topic — zoonotic diseases. Long name, but a pretty simple definition. A zoonotic disease is a disease that can be spread between humans and animals. The truth is that a very wide variety of diseases can be zoonotic. In fact…

When I got my first dog as an adult in vet school, one of the first things I taught her was to drop and leave it. One of the next things was to not take food that wasn’t hers. Before you get too impressed, I did this for two selfish reasons. First, she loved to pick up disgusting things like…

Whenever we have big weather changes, we also see urinary issues. I don’t understand why this happens, especially in cats living indoors, where the temperature is controlled. What I do know is that we get big increases in urinary issues with big temperature and humidity swings. Usually, we g…

I love the changing leaves, walking outside without sweating and swarms of bugs. Essentially, there isn’t much I don’t love about fall. And that includes Halloween. There are a few things though, including pets with chocolate toxicity. This year, pay attention to the rare downfalls so that y…

While I sat at the computer and wondered where my vibrant, sun-filled fall days had gone, I decided that I would talk again about some pet myths. Sometimes I feel like the internet has actually made disinformation worse, despite how easy it is to get good information. The issue with the inte…

So, rain in the fall bums me out a little bit, but I can cope with that. What’s the one thing about fall that I actually hate? Ticks! I hate them more than cold rainy days, more than fleas and even more than having wet socks while I walk on cold rainy days. I hate them because they are wides…

I certainly am not a dog trainer, but since I have two perfectly behaved dogs I am an expert. Just kidding! My dogs are pretty good, but that is just because I put a lot of time into training them. The reason I care about training for my patients isn’t because I have to live with them, but b…

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