Q: Is there a blood test that I can get to see if my pet has cancer?

Q: Is there a blood test that I can get to see if my pet has cancer? A: There is not a single blood test that detects all cancers. If such a thing existed, I suspect you and I would be getting the test frequently. There are certain cancers that can be detected using...

Dental Cleanings

Q:  My friend says her neighbor, who is a dental hygienist, cleans dogs’ teeth without using anesthesia.  Isn’t this a safer way for my dog to have his teeth cleaned? A:  The American Veterinary Dental College (AVDC) is an organization of board certified veterinary...

Do pets need physical therapy?

Q: Do pets ever need physical therapy? A: The term “physical therapy” is generally restricted to use by physical therapist who are trained on people. In veterinary medicine, we generally use the terms “physical rehabilitation” or “rehabilitation therapy.” The...

Lets talk about the Dog Flu

Q:  Do I need to worry about the dog flu? A:  This is the season when many people get sick with the flu. Some people are surprised to learn that dogs have their own flu viruses, Influenza H3N8 and H3N2. The good news is that the dog strain is different from our human...

Q:  What can I do to make the most of a trip to the veterinarian?

Q:  What can I do to make the most of a trip to the veterinarian? A: In addition to your pet, there are several items you should take to the veterinarian with you.  Bring any records you have for your pet, especially if this is your first visit to the office.  Also...

Five suggestions for New Year’s resolutions for your pets

Five suggestions for New Year’s resolutions for your pets: (1)   Lose weight – According to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, over half of all dogs and cats in the United States are overweight or obese.  Even a small amount of excess weight can have a...

Reindeer

Q:  How do Reindeer fly? A:  Reindeer, also called Caribou, are members of the deer family.  Santa chose reindeer to pull his sleigh through the air on Christmas Eve for three very practical reasons.  First, their natural habitat is cold northern climates near the...

Pancreatitis

Q: Your pre-Thanksgiving column discussed pancreatitis in dogs. Do cats get it, too? A: Yes, cats can also get inflammation of the pancreas. However, the condition in cats often looks very different. Dogs most frequently develop acute pancreatitis with a sudden onset...