Q: Do animals have an appendix?

A:  The appendix is a thin pouch that projects out from the cecum, a part of the large intestine where the small intestine adjoins.  Other than the great apes, which are anatomically very similar to humans, few animals have cecal appendices.  Among them...

Q: My dog is itching a lot. What can I do to help his allergies?

A: This past week, the area pollen counts have been skyrocketing. Fortunately, there are many more options for treating allergic dogs than ever before. However, there are other causes of itching that need to be eliminated first. Please be sure to schedule an...

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...