Category Archives: Ask the Vet

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Chemotherapy for pets – is it an option?

  Chemotherapy is one of the four major therapies for cancer–the three others being surgery, radiation, and immunotherapy. During most of the consults that we do, chemotherapy is discussed. The looks I get when I recommend chemotherapy for people’s pets can range from unbelief to fright. The first thing that I do is immediately tell owners that chemotherapy is handled much better by dogs and cats than it is by people. Although cancers are similar among dogs, cats, and people, the therapies affect them differently.…

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Independence Day! Pet Advice To Ensure A Happy 4th Of July!

Independence Day Agenda! The 4th of July is here and Wendy and Baby Hope are wagging their tails with excitement for this year’s festivities. But while Wendy loves the boom and dazzle of Fireworks, Baby Hope is less appreciative of this perplexing and LOUD form of human entertainment. Like any good pet parent, Wendy understands Baby Hope’s needs and now she’s created this handy list of tips for a furtastic 4th that combines canine creature comforts with a great big human hoorah!   Tips for…

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Scrumptious Strawberries Are A Dog’s Delight!

            Scrumptious Strawberries are a Dog’s delight!     Summer is her eand it’s time for puppy picnics! Of course when planning interspecies luncheon packing the perfect basket is easier said than done. While you and your four-legged friend can argue over the details there is one scrumptious snack that is the perfect addition to any dog’s dish; Strawberries! They’re red, plump, delicious and in season, so there’s no better time than the present to indulge in this wholesome and…

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Does Weather Affect The Mood Of Your Pet? How To Keep Them From Feeling SAD!

    We all know that our moods can change as quickly as the weather outside. And it’s actually been proven that as the seasons come and go, they take our happiness with them. Studies have shown that twenty percent of Americans admit to feeling more depressed during the winter time; a condition that has been given the name of ‘Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD). Even though cuddling with a pet is proven to raise your spirits, what happens if your pet is in a bad mood…

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Fire Hydrants and Dogs! The Facts about Territorial Marking!

The scene is a familiar one: a dog approaches a hydrant, sniffs it, lifts his leg and … well you get the idea. While not exclusive to dogs, territorial marking is certainly one of the behaviors most commonly associated with them. The behavior usually consists of a dog depositing small traces of urine on a particular space, area, or object to claim ownership. It’s also employed to express sexual availability and to establish hierarchy. Although both canine genders are capable of this behavior, female dogs…

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Lawn And Garden Care Products Can Cause Canine Cancer!

  The Grass May Not Be As Green As It Seems…   These days, lawn and garden care products are increasingly popular, helping to preserve our lawns’ health and green sheen appearance. Many products do offer a variety of benefits to your lawn and your garden, but the chemicals responsible for these benefits are also responsible for a number of extreme health detriments, for both you andespecially your pet. Your pet’s chances of acquiring both bladder cancer and lymphoma dramatically increase if your pet is…

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The Dog Days of Sunburn

    For those of us who love summertime, the warmest months of the year are synonymous with great weather and a host of outdoor activities under the sun. We take the necessary precautions to prevent sunburn and skin cancer by using sunscreen and sunblock. But how many of us provide important skin protection for our Frisbee loving furry companions? All dogs are susceptible to sunburn, most particularly shorter-haired breeds and lighter colored dogs. It is important to invest in a sunblock that is designed…

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Sniffing Out the Answers: A Guide On Dogs’ Love for Smells

You see it everywhere — on street corners, in the pantry, among cornstalks in cornfields, in the snow, ruffling through the garbage, even in thin air.  In all these places and so many more, we find dogs and their companion noses, searching, seeking, something.  Dogs are always following their buzzing noses, and there is something alluring about their dedication to scent.  They are so committed to whatever little surprise they may find at the end of their snouts’ journey (and according to them, hopefully the…

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Don’t Bark Up The Wrong Tree! Pet Tips for your garden!

  The weather is heating up outside and flowers are in full bloom. What better way to enjoy a beautiful day than taking your dog for a healthy walk in the park or playing a rigorous game of catch in the backyard? While most parents take precautions to shield their four-legged pals from the obvious threats such as cars and children on bikes, few are aware of the less obvious dangers and hazards present. Although they are pretty to look at and provide yummy scents…

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Prevent Pet Behavior Problems With…Exercise!!

  Kimo was a three year old neutered male Malamute dog who dug holes in the yard, barked endlessly, escaped whenever possible, urinated and defecated indoors, and paced relentlessly. Martina was a one year old spayed female Russian Blue cat who meowed for attention at 2 am, knocked objects off any countertop or desktop she explored, and was already two pounds overweight. What could these pets have in common? Do these sound at all like troubles you have had with your own furry friends? Exercise…

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