May 10th, 2013
Even though some of the nation is still watching the snow fall, most of the country is enjoying warmer temperatures. That means, pet owners will start their spring time yard work. Can’t wait to plant those flowers or plow your vegetable garden? Take a few minutes to read this blog before grabbing your shovel and garden gloves.
Before you head out to the garden store or plant nursery, take time to consider how your yard affects the health of your dog or cat. Start your spring planting by looking for “dog and cat friendly” plants and fertilizers. Many nurseries post a list of plants that are poisonous to dogs and cats, but in case your garden store doesn’t have a list of “no-no” plants for pets, here is a quick rundown. Read the rest of this entry »
April 26th, 2013
Today we had a representative from a major pet food company speak to our staff about the benefits of good pet nutrition. He elaborated on how feeding the proper diet, in the proper amount, can extend a dog’s life by as much as 2 years and delay the onset of common ailments like arthritis!
Our staff members were amazed by how important it is to feed our dogs well. Here’s a summary of what they learned at this staff meeting, with some tips on selecting the best quality dog food for your furry friend. Read the rest of this entry »
April 19th, 2013
This week, five therapy dogs were deployed to Boston to comfort people affected by the bombings. Three of those dogs are from Lutheran Church Charities in Addison, Ill, a non-profit organization that provides therapy dogs with training and transportation to bring their comfort wherever they can help.
Tim Hetzner, president of Lutheran Church Charities, told a representative from TODAY.com, “People talk to the dogs — they’re like furry counselors. It’s a chance to help bring some relief.”
We’ve seen heart-warming images of these dogs visiting the Boston bombing victims at hospitals and other locations, easing pain with their sweet calming nature. It’s incredible what these dogs can do for people.
Today we salute their efforts, as well as the efforts of all therapy dogs and the devoted people who train and care for them. We invite you to learn more about them. Read the rest of this entry »
April 13th, 2013
With spring here, many of us are heading outdoors to rejuvenate our winter-ravaged yards and gardens. We will enjoy the sunshine after being cooped up during the dreary winter months. As all dog and cat owners know, our faithful companions want to be with us when we are outside because they are anxious to spend a little time in the sunny outdoors during the spring time, too. That means that while we concentrate on the shrubs, grass, and mulch, we can’t forget about them.
Please be careful to avoid snail bait poisoning in your dog or cat!
Our dog, Scout, was “helping” me in the yard just this week. He and I were preparing the soil for our vegetable garden. Actually, Scout was digging faster than I was. We grow traditional vegetables, but for years we’ve also planted artichokes. Our success rate is abysmal! Finally, this week I found 3 baby artichokes on our only surviving plant! I was really excited until I noticed the slimy, fat slugs crawling around my precious artichokes.
After a fast trip to the garden store, I carefully set out a granular preparation to ward off these nasty slugs. That made me think about Scout and how this snail bait might affect him, so here is my take on protecting plants from these creatures… and protecting dogs and cats from slug and snail bait. Read the rest of this entry »
April 5th, 2013
“The world is not made for left- handed people”, claims my eldest son who happens to be a southpaw. He struggled with right-handed scissors in the first grade, smeared ink on his book reports as his left arm was dragged across his note book, and even complained that his surgical instruments in medical school were designed for right handed doctors. It was interesting to watch him develop ideas and use a little initiative to acclimate to a right handed world.
Believe it or not, our pets have a dominant “hand,” too. Many pets, such as cats, dogs, and horses, have a right or left preference when using their limbs. Over the years, scientists have closely observed as animals choose which foot to use first. Read the rest of this entry »
March 27th, 2013
Mark Stevens, CEO of marketing and business advisory firm MSCO, is a prolific writer whose blog posts include an interesting mix of topics about life, genius, love, weather and of course… business.
But in January, he wrote a blog post about dogs. Specifically, how his family grieved the loss of his beloved pup Blue, and how their hearts became joyous again when he found Sky, a lovely Golden Retriever puppy who’s not your ordinary dog. Read the rest of this entry »
March 22nd, 2013
It’s hard to think about Easter with snow still on the ground in many areas of the country,
Eatser can be fun for you and your pet, as long as you follow these pet safety tips
but Easter will be here before you know it and, hopefully, so will warmer weather. One thing is for sure, regardless of the weather, Easter presents a few health hazards pet owners should consider.
Make sure your holiday is happy with these Easter pet safety tips — the top dangers to avoid. Read the rest of this entry »
March 15th, 2013
Anyone who has suffered an injury or orthopedic surgery knows that physical therapy (PT) may not be pleasant, but it helps the healing process. No pain, no gain! Veterinary medicine, like human medicine, recognizes the benefits of physical therapy. Here’s a little information on physical therapy for pets.
What is physical therapy for dogs and cats? Read the rest of this entry »
March 8th, 2013
Here’s a common scene in any veterinary hospital that’s worthy of a great comic strip.
Picture this: the itchy dog, with frantic eyes, all scrunched over as he claws at his ear with a hind paw and sends hair flying all over the room. The caption reads, “It would be so much easier if I could reach my ear with a front paw!”
Can’t you just picture this cartoon? Well, we may smile at a comic strip, but itchy ears are definitely not funny for the cat or dog, especially one with an ear mite infestation. Here’s what you can do about it. Read the rest of this entry »
March 1st, 2013
To kick off the March designation as Poison Prevention Month (and for us that means Pet Poison Prevention), I wanted to discuss the topic of accidental poisoning in pets.
The other day, an emergency veterinarian colleague was telling me about the recent number of cases he’s seen where a dog or cat was exposed to household items that can be poisonous.
These poisonings can be prevented! That’s why we’re focused on helping prevent future poisonings. Most of the time, the lives of these poor animals are needlessly cut short because common items are left where pets could get at them.
The problem is, people aren’t aware that certain household items can be life threatening to their pets! For instance, we see the following three categories causing serious health problems or even death without treatment — simply because the pet was accidentally exposed to them. Read the rest of this entry »