Easter-time is frequently accompanied by the adoption of a bunny. However, the decision to adopt a rabbit should not be taken lightly. Learn about the care and love a bunny needs in the following article from the American Veterinary Medical Association: Is a bunny right for you?
March is pet poison prevention month. Check out this list- some of the toxins may surprise you. If you know or suspect your pet has eaten or been exposed to anything that may be toxic, call your veterinarian immediately!
Gravy Train, Kibbles ’n Bits, Ol’ Roy, and Skippy have been recalled after traces of a euthanasia drug was found in their canned foods. Check out the recalled items in this article & through the FDA if you've recently purchased any of these products
Did you know that traditional renal values on lab work do not increase until almost 75% of your pet’s kidney function is lost?
Luckily, with advances in medicine, a new renal biomarker specific to kidney function has been discovered. SDMA (Symmetric dimethylarginine) increases detection of loss of kidney function at 25%.
Until recently, only our reference lab could run this test and results took 2-3 days. We are ecstatic to announce that we are now able to run SDMA in hospital and get results WITHIN MINUTES!
Preventive medicine and early detection are key to ensuring that your pet leads a healthy and long life. We are thrilled to offer the best medicine possible to all of our patients!
It's that time of year again, and once more we want to emphasize the dangers that candies, chocolate, and lilies can cause to your pet if consumed. If your pet gets into any of these items, get them to your veterinarian immediately!
What an incredible idea! Read about these dogs that are hired to find lost pets....it's wonderful!
"A voice for the lost" is an online free book offering advice and examples intended to help you avoid losing your pet, or recover your pet quickly if lost. The stories are entertaining and heart-warming.
Not really. But I was spending time with a friend who doesn't work in vet med recently, and it made me realize the extent to which the general public has trouble distinguishing a chubby dog from a fit dog: "Is Your Dog Overweight? You May Not Realize It" (via National Geographic).
If you are curious about your pet's body condition, a couple of things:
-There are two widely-used body condition scales- a 1-5 scale, and a 1-9 scale. We use the 1-9 scale, where both 4 and 5 are considered "healthy." On the 1-5 scale, a 3 is considered healthy.
-We record body condition scores on patients at (virtually!) every physical exam, and we're happy to look at your pet's record and tell you his or her most recent BCS if it would interest you!
-If your pet hasn't been in recently, come by and let one of our nurses or doctors have a look and let you know how he or she is doing weight-wise.