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  • The Importance of Wellness Exams

    Wednesday, February 14 2018

    candace lyman

    Veterinarians and the American Veterinary Medical Association recommend regular wellness exams for the same reason your physician and dentist recommend them – to detect a problem in its earliest stages.

    Early detection can save your pet from needless suffering.  Our pets are very good at hiding their problems from their owners.  In the wild remember that a visibly sick animal is more likely to be attacked by a predator. 

    Early detection can also provide owners and their pets with more treatment options and potentially higher rates of success in managing the problem. 

  • Dental Care for Horses

    Thursday, February 1 2018

    vets looking at a horse's teeth

    According to the American Association of Equine Practitioners, proper dental care is key for your horse. Your veterinarian can learn a lot about an animal’s health by examining its mouth.

    Beyond the comfort and good health of your horse, there are other benefits to proper dental care.

    Feed will be consumed more efficiently with less spillage or waste if your horse’s teeth are in good working order. Proper diet may help your horse perform better and live longer.

  • Pet Birds: What You Need to Know

    Tuesday, January 2 2018


    If your family is considering a pet bird, the American Veterinary Medical Association and the Association of Avian Veterinarians provide a wealth of information. Here are some excerpts:

    Pet birds come in many sizes and colors with a variety of personalities. A finch has a wing span of a few inches while a macaw’s wing span can be up to four feet. Cockatiels are usually active and cheerful birds. Some parakeets (budgies) and cockatiels will learn to talk while an African Grey or Yellow-naped Amazon parrot can potentially develop an extended vocabulary.

  • Holiday Dos and Don’ts

    Thursday, December 14 2017

    cat and christmas tree

    Holidays are a wonderful time of year for spreading good cheer among family and friends, including your family pets. Here are some tips to keep the holidays safe for the entire family.

    Don’t feed pets table scraps or let them sit under the table where children may drop food. Gravy, meat fat, and poultry skin can cause life-threatening conditions like pancreatitis and gastrointestinal problems. Bones can splinter and create bowel obstructions.

  • Flying with Pets

    Thursday, November 30 2017

    airplane wing in flight

    The holidays are coming, which means some pet owners will be traveling with Fluffy or Fido. If you plan to fly with your pet, here are some helpful tips from DVM360 Magazine and the Humane Society.

    Research the airline of your choice to learn what airline specific rules they have regarding pets.

    Are there breed, size, destination, and time of year restrictions for the cabin and cargo area?

    What types of carriers and kennels are allowed and how should they be labeled?