Avian Biosecurity

Any springtime trip to the local farm supply store is certain to fill your ears with the sound of chirping baby chicks. More and more people are populating their yards or farms with chickens or other types of birds. Bird owners, especially poultry farmers, play an...

Q: What is the best way to manage my pet’s arthritis?

A: There are almost as many answers to this question as there are pets with osteoarthritis. The best strategy is usually to employ a multi-modal protocol. In other words, combining multiple therapeutic options often produces the best results. This column will discuss...

Q: When is the right time to put my pet to sleep?

A: This is one of the most difficult questions that veterinarians face on a daily basis. The answer has a little bit to do with medical judgement, but much more to do with value judgements. When a pet is in uncontrollable pain, I believe veterinarians have the...

Can I give my dog ibuprofen?

Q:  I have 4 yr old Bichon.  Since last night she is in pain, shaking, hiding all night behind the bed.  She has a fever of 102 degrees.  Can I give her some ibuprofen? A:  Absolutely not!  Like most over the counter medications labeled for people, ibuprofen can be...

Mass on teat..swollen eye.. related?

Q:  My 7 year old hound has a large, swollen gland or tear duct on the inside of her eye and another large, round mass in one of her teats.  She has had three litters, but not since three years ago.  The eye has pus coming from behind the mass, but she hasn’t...

Buying your prescriptions online vs through your veterinarian

Recently one particular online pet food supplier decided to aggressively expand into veterinary drug sales. As an initial strategy, they are selling some medications for even lower prices than veterinarians can purchase them! Selling medications at a loss is a tactic...

Five suggestions for New Year’s resolutions for your pets

(1) Speak to your veterinarian about pet nutrition – 2018 was a terrible year for fad and boutique diets. Veterinary cardiologists around the country reported increasing rates of serious heart disease in dogs being fed “B.E.G.” (boutique,...

Giving your pet table scraps.

Q:  My friend’s dog was hospitalized after he ate some turkey on Thanksgiving.  Should I be afraid to give my pets any table scraps? A:  This time of year veterinarians are usually busy for several days after each holiday.  Traditionally, the busiest day of the...

Cushing’s Syndrome

Q: My dog was diagnosed with Cushing’s Syndrome.  What is this disease and what can I expect for my dog? A: Cushing’s syndrome, or hyperadrenocorticism, is a hormone imbalance that occurs in some older dogs.  In Cushing’s Syndrome, the adrenal glands...

Kidney Failure

 Q: My ten year old dog was just diagnosed with kidney failure.  What should I be doing for him?             A: Kidney disease is a very common condition in dogs and cats.  When kidneys stop functioning well, pets begin drinking larger amounts of water and may...