Q: How much and how often should I feed my fish?

Q: How much and how often should I feed my fish? A: This is a difficult question to answer in a general way.  Different fish species have different requirements for type and frequency of feeding.  As a general rule, feed fish an amount of food that will be consumed...

Exotic Pets

Q:  I have heard that exotic pets can cause sickness in people.  What do they carry and how can I keep from getting sick? A:  Small mammals, birds, and reptiles may offer companionship to people in situations when dogs, cats, or larger animals are not practical or...

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....