People often say to me that the hardest part about my job must be putting pets to sleep. Full disclosure, this is actually not the hardest part. Make no mistake, I love my patients, and having to let them go does break my heart. But I also think that having the ability to release our pets fr…

So, it may not be raining the minute, or even day, that you are reading this. But, judging from the past few weeks, it will again very, very soon. We are suffering the effects of rain here big time.

It’s 2 a.m. and you hear your cat throw up. No big deal, right? How about throwing up 10 times? What if they are screaming in the litter box? What if they are limping. It can be hard to tell when an emergency is a real emergency and when it can wait until the next morning.

As the grass turns green and a hundred dog poops appear on the lawn from melted snow, we finally welcome spring in all its glory. This brings me to some common questions from readers and clients.

Easter is a great time to welcome spring, regardless of your religious views. We are welcoming new grass, buds on trees, flowers peeking up from the ground. We also welcome many things in our house. Most of these are great for us (candy, flowers, delicious food) but not all of them are great…

Two of my favorite things to talk about are pet fitness and tick prevention. This is clear to anyone who reads my articles, since you’re probably sick of hearing about both. BUT, the reason I go on and on about them is that they are so important to pet health, and I love healthy pets. So, we…

I feel like coming out of February always lightens us all up. We may often get tons of snow in March, but the temperatures even out (no promises though), daylight is present for more than four hours and we see spring in our sights. Thankfully, I spent February with a new baby, so night and d…

The number-one concern that people have about dental cleanings is that the pet must go under anesthesia. I will walk you through a dental at our clinic and explain why being under anesthesia is in the best interest of everyone involved. Different clinics have different protocols, and this wi…

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…

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! …

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…

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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