February is Pet Dental Month, and here Dr. Dobson discusses a new dog product to help with your dog’s dental and oral hygiene. Watch and learn how this new product called Orapup, can keep your dog’s mouth healthy, fresh, clean and odor free. It’s easy to use and dogs love it! Read more
Egg bound in exotic birds happens whenever eggs fail to go through the reproductive system at the required pace. Also commonly referred to as Dystocia, egg binding in exotic birds happens when there are challenges in laying of eggs since there are is an existing obstruction. While egg binding in exotic birds is quite common, especially in exotic birds, it is a condition that is not only curable, but can be prevented from occurring. Egg binding in exotic birds can occur if a female bird natured as a pet is not introduced to a mate. This is because birds can lay eggs without necessarily mating with a male. The good news is that this condition can be diagnosed and treated. The results can be marvelous if the condition is identified and treated on time. On the other hand, if the condition is left for a long time without any kind of treatment, the result can be death.
Simply put, Zoonotic (zoe-o-NOT-ick) Diseases are infections that can be passed from pet to person. As veterinary professionals, we feel obligated to inform all pet owners that their families can contract certain diseases from their companion animals. Read more
Socialization is the process of learning how to be a part of society. Socializing puppies involves helping them learn to be a pet within human society and dealing with different types of people, environments, noises, smells, sights, animals, and other dogs.
Puppies are most accepting of new experiences between the ages of 3 weeks and 12 weeks. Between 12 and 18 weeks of age, it becomes more difficult to socialize a puppy as they become more cautious of anything they have not yet encountered.
Aging dogs need extra attention and care. When your canine companion reaches 7 years of age, they are considered a senior pet. Here are some helpful tips to keeping your fuzzy buddy happy, healthy, and comfortable:
Provide Quality Veterinary Care
Your senior pet should have regular veterinary exams every 6 months. Ideally, blood work should be run to monitor organ function. In addition, urine analysis, echocardiograms (EKGs), and radiographs (X-rays) can be helpful in catching problems before they affect your pet’s quality of life. Read more
As we celebrate Valentine’s Day each February, it is important to keep in mind that one of our favorite romantic treats can be toxic to our favorite fuzzy buddy.
Chocolate contains two substances that can be harmful to dogs: Theobromine and Caffeine.
Theobromine interferes with a dog’s body functions by stimulating the central nervous system and affecting the heart and kidneys. Read more