Dental Health

February is National Pet Dental Health Month.  For nearly three decades, veterinarians around the country have been using this month as an extra opportunity to educate pet owners about the importance of dental health.  According to the American Veterinary Dental...

Q: My cat is losing hair under her belly. Is this an allergy?

A: It could be, but there are lots of other potential causes.  Symmetrical hair loss under the abdomen can also be a behavioral issue called psychogenic alopecia.  It’s a nervous habit much like nail biting in people.  Your veterinarian can differentiate between...

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 version. In fact, according to the CDC, no...

Q: Why are x-rays so expensive?

A: I have had two clients ask me this recently. Modern, digital x-ray systems offer many advantages over the outdated systems of yesteryear, but they are indeed expensive.  Let’s have a look at why. First, there is the cost for the x-ray machine, digital receiver, and...

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 North...

Q: Do cats get pancreatitis?

A: Last week’s column discussed pancreatitis in dogs, but cats 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 of vomiting, diarrhea, and/or...