Q: My toy poodle had a litter of puppies just before we left for vacation. I did not have the tails docked in the first few days.  I just got back yesterday and am interested to know if it can still be done.  They are almost 3 weeks old

A:  The American Veterinary Medical Association opposes tail docking of dogs when done solely for cosmetic purposes.  They encourage the elimination of tail docking from breed standards.  Nevertheless, there are many breeds where this procedure is still commonly...

Q: What is the best way to treat mange on my dog?

A:  The first step is to visit your veterinarian to confirm that the symptoms you notice are really caused by mange.  The term mange is used to describe skin and fur changes brought on by infection with one of two mites – Sarcoptes or Demodex.  Similar symptoms can...

Canine Influenza (H3N2)

Pet Health Alert: There is an ongoing outbreak of canine influenza (H3N2) in the Southeast associated with a dog show that was held in Georgia the weekend of May 19-21. News stories on the virus have generated multiple questions from area pet owners, some of which I...