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...

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...