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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?

A One Health Perspective on Antimicrobial Resistance

Thursday, November 16 2017

laura kahn

During the 2017 Annual Fall Conference, the Class of 1963 Distinguished Lectureship featured Laura H. Kahn, MD, MPH, MPP, FACP. Kahn shared her research on One Health and the growing problem of antimicrobial resistance in “A One Health Perspective on Antimicrobial Resistance.”

Cancer and Pets

Wednesday, November 8 2017

golden retriever with vet

Neoplasia is the uncontrolled, abnormal growth of cells in the body. The growth itself is called a neoplasm or tumor.

Tumors can be benign or malignant. Benign neoplasms tend to grow slowly. They displace, but do not invade, surrounding body tissues and do not spread throughout the body.

Malignant neoplasms, on the other hand, can be unpredictable and grow at various rates, sometimes rapidly. They invade surrounding tissues and spread or metastasize to other parts of the body.

Cooler Weather and Horses

Wednesday, November 1 2017

tan horse

Cooler weather can be ideal horseback riding weather. Nothing like a cool day to energize ourselves and decrease the bugs to make it a perfect day for a good ride.

As cooler days increase, here are some tips to prepare your horse and its environment.

Monitor your pastures. If you have adequate acreage, take horses off specific areas to allow the grasses themselves to prepare for winter. Leaving some height/leaf on the grasses allows them to store nutrients.

Make Halloween Safer for Pets

Tuesday, October 24 2017

dog with pumpkin

Halloween can be scary for pets. Strange costumes, eerie noises and tempting treats that can be deadly.

The American Veterinary Medical Association, PetMD, and the American Animal Hospital Association offer these tips for pet owners.

Whisker Fatigue in Cats

Monday, October 2 2017

black and white cat

Whiskers are more than facial adornments on cats. Whiskers act as high-powered antennae that pull signals into a cat’s brain and nervous system.

A proprioceptor at the end of each whisker tells your cat a lot about its world. For example, a cat’s whiskers are about as long as the cat is wide and therefore act as a ruler of sorts. A cat can sense the size of an opening based on whether or not its whiskers are touching on either side.