Is Your Dog Getting Enough Water?
Water is the most important life-supporting resource on our planet. It allows our human bodies as well as the bodies of our pets to function properly. All plants and animals require water to survive. All of our most important bodily functions require water, and if we do not get enough water, we will die. One of […]
Effects of Heat Exhaustion in Dogs
By Katy Fogt, DVM Summertime means vacation, sunshine, and beach trips, but it also means high temperatures. When the temperature begins to climb, heat exhaustion (or more commonly known as heat stroke) can be seen in dogs and humans alike and is a medical emergency. However, unlike humans, dogs lack the ability to sweat […]
Don’t Leave Your Dog In The Car, Not Even For A Minute. Here’s Why.
You know you shouldn’t leave your dog in the car in summer, but do you know exactly what happens inside your dog’s body in the heat? Do you know why it’s so deadly? First, let’s look at exactly how hot a car can get in the summer. Check out the chart below to see how […]
Keeping Fido Safe from Fire: Tips for National Pet Fire Safety Day
Pets and flames definitely don’t mix! Did you know that around 1,000 fires are started by pets each year according to the National Fire Protection Association? That’s a scary number, and it doesn’t take into account the number of pets affected by fires annually. That’s why the American Kennel Club (AKC) and ADT Security Services formed National Pet […]
Fear, Anxiety, Stress, and Phobias in Dogs
We all have encountered fear, anxiety, and stress in our lives. Our dogs are no different. Fear and anxiety and the stress they induce in our pets is often down-played and overlooked. Most of us fail to notice anxiousness in our own pets. Once we understand stress and can recognize the signs, we can work […]
10 Ways Your Dog is Telling You He’s Stressed
It’s apparent that humans and canines have different ways of communicating with each other, and it’s completely obvious that we sometimes have trouble crossing that communication barrier. As a pet parent, it’s our obligation to learn how our dogs communicate so we can provide the best possible home for them. You probably already know what […]
What are Heartworms and Why Should I Worry?
Most of us know that we should have our dogs and cats on monthly heartworm prevention, and many of us probably do! That’s good because heartworms are an easily preventable disease that can be deadly if left untreated, so prevention is very important. Photo courtesy of Dr. Joe Hostetler and Bayer: What makes heartworms […]
All About Hairballs!
Almost every cat owner has seen a hairball, and many of us have stepped on them on our way to the bathroom in the middle of the night. Hairballs are gross and squishy, but unfortunately very common. However, do we really know what hairballs are and what causes them? And why do some cats get […]
Can My Pet Be Identified and Returned Home To Me?
It’s every pet parent’s worst nightmare: To arrive home after a long day at work and let the dogs into the backyard only to realize ten minutes later that the meter reader left the back gate open. Now the dogs are having a blast exploring the neighborhood, but they have a ten-minute head start when we […]
What Should I Know about Dogs and Lyme Disease?
What is Lyme Disease and How is It Spread? Lyme disease is carried and transmitted by infected ticks, commonly the eastern black-legged tick (deer tick) or western black-legged tick. A tiny bacterium called Borrelia burgdorferi lives in the stomach of ticks and is transmitted to pets or humans when we are bitten by one of these infected […]