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...

National Animal Disaster Preparedness Day

National Animal Disaster Preparedness Day. The hurricanes of last year should serve as a reminder that natural disasters can strike at any time.  Suddenly and with little warning, our lives may become disrupted, transportation may become impeded, and homes may become...

Q: Can my puppy transmit parvovirus to my cat?

A:  No, canine parvovirus is specific to dogs, but there is a similar, related virus in cats.  This virus is called feline panleukopenia virus and causes similar symptoms in cats as parvovirus does in dogs. Kittens between 8 weeks and 6 months of age are most...

Q: My puppy was diagnosed with parvovirus. Can I treat him from home?

A:  Ideally, puppies with parvovirus should be treated as inpatients in the hospital.  Parvovirus infection is an acute systemic disease that requires prompt, intensive supportive care in the hospital to be most successful with treatment. Signs include sudden onset of...

Fleas and Ticks are BACK this spring!

PET HEALTH ALERT:  April is in full bloom and so are the fleas and ticks!  This is the time to act if you do not want your pets to suffer later.  Do not make the mistake of using inferior prevention products to try to save a dime now.  I promise you will spend more...

Raw Pet Food Recalls

PET HEALTH ALERT: In the past month there have been two recalls of commercially available raw pet food. The first was due to an FDA investigation of two children who were hospitalized due to serious infection caused by a specific strain of bacteria that was traced...

Q: Is my cat at risk for heartworm infection?

A:  Most cat owners remain unaware that this potentially fatal parasite can be a danger to their beloved pets.  While the incidence is lower than for canine heartworm disease, feline infections often go undiagnosed.  A heartworm infection in a cat is sometimes only a...