Fleas and Ticks are back!

PET HEALTH ALERT:  April is in full bloom and so are the fleas and ticks!  This is the time to act if you do not want your pets to suffer later.  Do not make the mistake of using inferior prevention products to try to save a dime now.  I promise you will spend more...

Q: Why won’t my veterinarian dispense more antibiotics without examining my cat? She has the same skin infection that she had in the spring and the medication worked then. I would rather try the medication first before spending the time or money for a repeat visit.

A:  Proper antibiotic selection and use is a very important topic.  These medications are legally restricted to prescription use for good reasons.  Among them is antibiotic resistance.  When bacteria become resistant to an antibiotic it becomes more dangerous to your...

Q: Do you have any advice about Easter chicks or ducklings?

A:  Each year many area children get Easter chicks or ducklings as gifts.  Many of these little birds live only a few short weeks or months due to improper care and neglect.  My primary advice is to buy only chocolate bunnies, marshmallow chicks, and lollipop...

Allergies

First the bad news: Allergy season is here! Veterinarians around the area have started seeing the scratching, the inflamed ears, the biting of feet. Very soon we will see the flea infestations and the hot spots. A recent survey of pet owners showed that successful...

Parasites

The past two months I have seen more hookworm infections than in all of 2016! Some have been the least expected culprits, indoor cats and tiny lap dogs, but most have been pets that spend some time outside and their owners stopped parasite prevention products in the...

Q: Which food is best for my dog?

A:  This is one of the most common questions I get every single day.  It also tends to be a controversial topic among pet owners.  People get a certain degree of psychological satisfaction out of providing what they believe to be the best quality care to their pets. ...

Q: What can I do to help my dog’s fear of thunderstorms?

A: Thunderstorm phobia is a difficult condition to treat. The anxiety can be triggered hours before a storm’s arrival, probably due to barometric pressure changes that alert the dog in advance. There is only so much that can be said in a newspaper column, so I highly...