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...

Senior Screenings

Pets are living longer than ever before due in large part to vast improvements in nutrition, the development of vaccines against common diseases, and improvement in the typical pet’s living conditions.  I firmly believe that modern veterinary medicine holds the keys...

Ingredient lists for marketing purposes

Q: Last week you mentioned that some manufacturers manipulate ingredient lists for marketing purposes. Can you explain? A: This has become a real problem and is especially prevalent in the diets marketed as “grain-free.” People have been trained to look for meat as...

Rabies Awareness

Today is the beginning of Rabies Awareness Week in Virginia. In the United States, over 20,000 people are treated for potential rabies exposure each year.  Roughly three dozen Americans die from rabies infection each decade.  Nationally, 7,000-9,000 animals are...