Quick FAQ’s on Vet Care for Cats

Cats are like babies–they require care and feeding on a regular basis. Some of that “care” includes vaccinations, parasite prevention, and disease screening.  There’s a lot of confusing information on vet care for cats. so here’s our super simple “who/what/when” primer we use with cats and kittens in our hospital. It includes the basic services/medications each…

Quick FAQ’s on Vet Care for Dogs

Dogs are like babies–they require care and feeding on a regular basis. Some of that “care” includes vaccinations, parasite prevention, and disease screening.  There’s a lot of confusing information on vet care for dogs, so here’s our super simple “who/what/when” primer we use with dogs and puppies in our hospital. It includes the basic services/medications each…

The Cost of Declawing

I’m frequently asked how much it costs to declaw a cat. I think the better question is: how much will it cost my cat to be declawed? Because declawing is not a benign procedure, and it can cause serious long-term consequences. So, let’s unwrap the declawing issue… Why Do Cats Scratch on Stuff? Scratching is…

Why Your Cat Pees Outside the Litter Box and 4 Ways to Stop It

Few things are as frustrating as when your cat eliminates outside the litter box–peeing, pooping, or spraying in unwanted areas. Such inappropriate elimination can have multiple causes including medical issues, litter box aversion, and stress, and the root cause must be quickly addressed. The fact is, cats are creatures of habit, and the longer they eliminate…

Why Spay?

Why Should I Have My Dog Spayed? Spaying should be considered if you are keeping any female dog as a pet. It is the easiest, fastest, least stressful, and least expensive way to prevent unplanned litters and unwanted behaviors. What Are the Advantages of Spaying My Dog? Reduces the risk of malignant mammary cancer. Studies…

Home Care Instructions for Mild Diarrhea in Dogs

Diarrhea is a common affliction of dogs and is associated with a host of problems—some are quite severe and some are not. If your adult dog has a simple case of mild diarrhea for no more than 3 to 4 days in duration, it is reasonable to try home care. When to Take a Dog…

Do Pets Go To Heaven?

I’ve shared lots of tears and hugs this past year with friends/clients as they’ve lost beloved pets to old age or unrelenting illness. Most of these deaths have been via euthanasia. Putting a pet to sleep is a difficult decision for owners, and it proceeds a great deal of soul-searching. I counsel a lot on…

10 Things to Do to Help Your Dog’s Storm Anxiety

How Can I Help My Dog with Storm Phobia? Dogs with storm phobias can experience a high degree of stress and suffering and, although the phobia often cannot be cured, there are things you can do to manage your dog’s anxiety. Treatment of storm phobia involves some combination of environmental management, behavior modification, and medication….

How To Get Rid of Fleas in 2 Steps

Are you losing an epic battle with fleas? Although there are over 2000 flea species in the world, 99.9% of the fleas on our pets are the cat flea, Ctenocephalides felis. Fleas are a terrible nuisance, but they also cause serious health issues in pets and people which is why a great Two-Step flea control program…

What You Need to Know About Cat Vaccinations

As a cat-owner you know the saying, A Dog has a Master, but a Cat has a Staff. The reality of “owning” a cat is the wee-one in fur doles out bits of love and Instagram moments in response to our endless hours of feeding, sheltering, and caring for His or Her Majesty. But, the truth is…