Making Veterinary Visits Less Stressful For Cats, Part 3 Returning Home

In Part 1 of the series, “Making Veterinary Visits Less Stressful For Cats”, we discussed how to acclimate cats to a carrier. Part 2 covered what to do and not to do during the visit to the veterinary hospital. The final blog on this topic will discuss what to do once the cat is home. […]

Making Veterinary Visits Less Stressful For Cats, Part 2 The Veterinary Visit

Many cats hate going to the veterinary hospital. Some express their angst by urinating or defecating.  Others hyperventilate due to stress. Still others, turn into attack cats who draw blood from the veterinary staff. Here are my suggestions for making the veterinary visit less stressful for the cat and more pleasant for their human families.       Prepare the carrier: Place a […]

Making Veterinary Visits Less Stressful For Cats. Part 1 The Carrier

Bringing cats in for veterinary care is stressful for the cats as well as the humans. Some cats freak out when they see the carrier. Others get sick in the car. Still others do well until they see the vet. I am starting a series on how to make veterinary visits less stressful for cats […]

Helping Humans and Dogs with Breast Cancer

The University of Pennsylvania, College of Veterinary Medicine has joined the fight against breast cancer in women as well as dogs. Lead by Dr. Karin Sorenmo, a veterinary oncologist and Dr. Olga Troyanskaya, a bioinformatics professor at Pinceton, the team studies how breast cancer develops at the molecular level. The program accepts shelter dogs with […]

You Make The Diganosis: Thickened Skin Over Dog’s Elbow

Pictured below is a close up of an abnormal patch of skin on a dog’s elbow. As you can see, the skin is rough, thickened and pigmented which means dark in color. The lesion started small and slowly developed into what is pictured below.  This dog has these lesions on both elbows.  What is it? Diagnosis: […]

Be Careful with Birch and Other Essential Oils in Dogs and Cats

With more and more people using essential oils to enhance their own well being, it is also spreading into veterinary medicine. Unfortunately, most essential oils are toxic to dogs and cats. People who use them for treating or training their pets may, in fact, be unintentionally harming them instead.   Birch Oil: Birch oil is often used for scent training dogs. Researchers at […]

Common Causes of Recurring Urinary Tract Infections in Dogs

Recurrent urinary tract infections (UTI’s) are no fun. The frustrated dog licks and urinates frequently in a vain attempt to ease the pain. They often keep their family members awake all night, begging to go outside. Worse yet, the dog has accidents in the house. The family comes into my exam room frustrated because the infection came back. Here […]