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  • Oct 03 2016

    Feline Vaccines

    By: Kimberley Quinn                                                                           October, 2016 Most owned cats are indoor only, reducing their risk of exposure to viruses from other cats which can make them ill.  Even indoor cats can be at risk, thus keeping their vaccines up-to-date is an excellent idea! Indoor cats can try to escape, or can be nose-to-nose with a feral cat through a screened window or door.  Interestingly, many cats are exposed to viruses from their mother cat around the time of birth.  During their lives, exposure may change.  Areas of higher exposure would include: being in a shelter, going outdoors, living in a multi-cat…

  • Aug 29 2016

    Disaster Preparedness

    Tornadoes and other natural disasters remind us that we can never be too prepared for an incident.  During the ice storm a few years ago, I remember my mother filling up jars of water and stocking the basement with canned goods ‘just-in-case’.  After this week’s tornados, getting similarly prepared is an excellent idea.  But, what can we do for our pets? Make a pet first-aid kit and keep it in a location known to the entire family. Some items to keep in the kit include: Veterinary records, extra pet medications, photos of your pets, phone number and directions to the…

  • Jun 13 2016

    Ear Infections

    Many pets have had an ear infection at some point in their lives.  Some pets seem to have chronic issues with their ears, which can range from uncomfortable to unbearable.  While ear infections are most common in the spring and fall months, they can occur at any time of the year.  It is also one of the most common reasons for pets to be brought into the clinic! What does an ear infection look like? The most common ear infection is the red inflamed ear with brown discharge.  Infected ears can also contain yellow or black discharge, they may not…

  • May 26 2016

    Ticks- What can I do about them?!

    My first experience with a tick was seeing something small and oval, like a small brown pebble, on my dog’s ear.  On further inspection, I noticed the round bodied thing had lots of legs! Relatives of the spider, adult ticks also have eight legs on the underside of their body.  Depending on the lifestage of the tick, and whether it has had a meal, they can vary in size from a few millimeters to up to 1.0cm! The tick lifecycle depends on which species of tick we are discussing.  The most common tick in this area is the American Dog…

  • May 05 2016

    Nails! How do I trim those? And what if it is broken?!

    Written by: Dr. Kim Quinn We all have these lovely, keratin-based structures- but dog and cat nails are different from ours.  Here are some of the top questions about pet nails we receive on a daily basis. How often should I trim my pet’s nails? With cats and dogs, trim their claws about once monthly.  Depending on what they do in a day, some animals will wear their claws down more or less quickly, thus altering how often they need those claws trimmed. Of course, cut the white portion of the nails, don’t trim back into the blood vessel (otherwise…

  • Feb 25 2016

    Quality of Life- A Discussion about End of Life

    Though a difficult topic to discuss, it is an important point of discussion nonetheless for so many families.  Living with a pet for many years is so fulfilling!  Geriatric pets especially can be a blessing, being calmer than kittens or puppies, and less likely to chew on our shoes!  Napping with a purring cat on your chest is one of the most soothing sounds. Playing fetch with a playful dog will fuel your happiness like a hug from a family member.  Determining when our pets are close to the end of their life is a very difficult thing to evaluate,…

  • Jan 11 2016

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    Puppies and Kittens!

    This time of the year we see many of our adorable, furry, new additions to our pet families.  Getting a puppy or a kitten is such an exciting time for everyone involved, and we love seeing our new friends! When you get a new member of your family, there is always a lot of preparation: new food and water dishes, toys, leashes, a crate for puppies, litterboxes for kittens, and pet food, just to name a few!   There are so many types, how do I chose a Pet Food? The first rule for any puppy or kitten is to be…

  • Dec 18 2015

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    Pain Identification in Cats

    Pain In Cats   Cats are one of the most difficult species to appreciate pain.  Most species try to hide any evidence of pain- since they could be a target for predators!  Also, pain is extremely subjective, and can be very difficult to measure. What are some signs we can use to tell if a cat is in pain? A broken bone is an obviously painful process, but other issues such as arthritis or stiffness can be more difficult to evaluate.  With arthritis specifically, the first signs we usually see is a hesitation to jump onto high heights.  Instead, they…

  • Nov 27 2015

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    Keeping our pets safe this winter

    When the snow and ice starts accumulating, you may want to think twice about throwing down the rock salt. Salts dissolve the surface of melted snow and ice and help keep us safer from slip and falls, but contact with paw pads can cause skin to dry and crack, and can cause irritation. Worse than skin irritation, ingesting (eating or licking) rock salt directly or off paws or from melted puddles of snow can cause major issues.  Salts can irritate the stomach, leading to vomiting, diarrhea, and GI discomfort.  In large amounts, salts can cause neurological issues such as seizures,…

  • Nov 10 2015

    Toys, toys, toys! How do I know which to buy?!

    A world of choices!  Which are the best for my pet?  There are several factors we must take into account to make sure your dog or cat doesn’t eat their toy. Each pet is different and in determining what type of toy is the best for your animal, you need to keep in mind the following things.  What is the size of your pet’s mouth?  It is quite obvious that a toy the size of a ping pong ball is not a good idea for a Great Dane.  The same can be said for a normal sized football for a…