This Popular Treat Is Not a Good Choice

This Popular Treat Is Not a Good Choice

I often hear clients say they hide medications in peanut butter, make treats with peanut butter, and fill toys with peanut butter for their pets. I cringe because I don’t think this is a good choice. Some companies have been adding xylitol to peanut butter,...
My Kitty Doesn’t Like to Drink

My Kitty Doesn’t Like to Drink

Cats are really desert dwellers and are not programmed to drink large amounts. They also will not drink if their food is near the water bowl (no water near “the kill”) or if the water is near the litter box (don’t drink where you…). They...
Puppy and Kitten Vaccinations – How Many??

Puppy and Kitten Vaccinations – How Many??

Pet vaccination strategies are constantly changing; there is controversy over the ideal protocol. I feel that, unfortunately, most puppies and kittens receive many more vaccinations in their early life stages than are needed. Dogs and cats purchased from pet stores...
Anti-oxidants: Why Do They Matter?

Anti-oxidants: Why Do They Matter?

What is oxidation? Oxidation is a chemical reaction that takes place when cells or substances are exposed to oxygen. It is happening all the time, since we live in an oxygen-rich environment. Oxidation reactions cause iron to rust, potato chips to spoil, milk to go...
Anal Glands – To Squeeze or Not to Squeeze?

Anal Glands – To Squeeze or Not to Squeeze?

Anal glands are, literally, a pain in the butt for some cats and dogs and their owners. Many dogs and cats with chronic anal gland issues are presented to veterinarians or groomers every few weeks to have the glands manually expressed. These poor pets lick their anal...
Conflict of Interest in Pet Care?

Conflict of Interest in Pet Care?

Mars will acquire nearly 800 pet hospitals in the US and Canada. MARS BUYS PET HOSPITAL OPERATOR VCA FOR $9.1 BILLION WOW! First we had a class action lawsuit posted against large pet food manufacturers and the veterinary clinics they own. Now one of those same pet...
Ear Infections Related to Diet?

Ear Infections Related to Diet?

Pet owners everywhere struggle with pets suffering with chronic ear infections. They are painful, smelly, and messy. I know, because I have a dog with a resistant super-bug bacterial infection we have been battling for over six months. Scout, one of our 15-year-old...
More Pet Food Games

More Pet Food Games

Harmful ingredients are promoted as healthy for our pets by the pet food industry. I, along with others concerned with pet food safety, have been very vocal regarding the use of some products in pet food that we feel are harmful to our beloved animals. Rendered,...
My Dog Has Sprung a Leak!

My Dog Has Sprung a Leak!

Urinary incontinence can be a huge issue for pet owners, sometimes resulting in euthanasia when pet owners are disgusted by dogs leaving puddles of urine around the house. Urinary incontinence can be seen at any age, depending on the cause. Common causes of urinary...
Therapy for Syringomyelia

Therapy for Syringomyelia

Syringomyelia is a painful condition affecting the spinal cord of dogs, found most commonly in Cavalier King Charles Spaniels. It has also been diagnosed in Brussels Griffons, Chihuahuas, Yorkies, Maltese, Miniature Dachshunds, Pomeranians, French Bulldogs, Boston...