Q: Are ORAL flea and tick preventives safe?

This past week the U.S Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved a new label claim on Nexgard, a monthly oral flea and tick preventive for dogs. The new label approval states that Nexgard prevents infection with Borrelia burgdorferi, the bacteria that causes Lyme...

Possible link between heart disease and “grain-free” pet food

PET HEALTH ALERT: The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has issued an alert about an investigation into a possible link between serious heart disease and “grain-free” pet food. For many years, this column has cautioned owners about following fad diet trends in pet...

Q: How can I save some money on my veterinary bills?

A:  The most important way to avoid large veterinary bills is to make room in your budget for a good quality prevention program.  By spending a little now, you will reduce the risk of an unexpected illness that could force you to choose between your financial solvency...

Q: Why won’t my veterinarian dispense more antibiotics without examining my cat? She has the same skin infection that she had in the spring and the medication worked then. I would rather try the medication first before spending the time or money for a repeat visit.

Q:  Why won’t my veterinarian dispense more antibiotics without examining my cat?  She has the same skin infection that she had in the spring and the medication worked then.  I would rather try the medication first before spending the time or money for a repeat visit....

New drug dispensing regulations July 2018

Beginning July 1, new drug dispensing regulations will take effect in Virginia. These regulations may affect the way pet owners obtain certain medications, including opioid pain control medications, gabapentin, certain anti-seizure medications, and other “covered...

Q: Are all distemper vaccines the same?

A: This question came up during a discussion with a client about different costs she found when researching different sources of vaccinations. How can a vaccine clinic at a big box pet supply store provide a vaccine for $15 when the veterinarian may charge twice as...