Q: How important is it to give the adenovirus-2 vaccine?  One veterinarian’s web site does not mention it in her recommendations. I was reading that it can be transmitted through urine, is this correct? If my dogs are kenneled with other dogs while away at training, I’d guess that their chances of becoming infected is somewhat higher? 

A:  Adenovirus-2 is one cause of infectious tracheobronchitis, often called “kennel cough.”  Adenovirus-1 is the cause of infectious canine hepatitis, a frequently fatal disease that is characterized by extreme illness and liver failure.  The adenovirus-2 vaccine also...

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...

Q: What common items are poisonous to dogs and cats?

A: During the past few weeks, I have treated a number of difficult cases where common household plants and products have led to severe toxicity in pets. The well-meaning pet owners were not aware of the dangers until it was too late. This list is comprised of some of...

Q: Is it safe for my dog to swim in our backyard pool?

A: Swimming is great exercise for dogs (and people).  If your dog enjoys swimming, and you do not mind sharing your pool, there is no reason to keep him out.  There are a few precautions you should take to protect his health and yours. First, be sure there is a stair...

Purchasing your pet’s medications online

Earlier this month the CEO of a printing and packaging company plead guilty to making and selling counterfeit packaging for pet medications. According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Houston, Texas, Paul S. Rodriguez, Jr. was the subject of an investigation by the...