• Aug 18 2014

    LEPTOSPIROSIS: What you need to know to protect your pet

    LEPTOSPIROSIS By now, many may have seen the news reports regarding a dog who contracted the bacteria, Leptospirosis.  We would like to address this serious disease to increase its awareness as well as clear up some potential misconceptions or mis-information. What is it? Leptospirosis is a bacteria that thrives in standing water.  Rodents, such as rats and mice, along with other mammals such as squirrels, skunks and raccoons can carry and transmit this bacteria via urine.  Infection occurs when the pet ingests infected urine (such as drinking from contaminated standing water/puddles) or ingests rodent-contaminated garbage. Also, some forms of the…

  • Jun 28 2014

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    Firework & Thunderstorm Phobia: How Can I Treat It?

    How are fireworks or thunderstorm fears and phobias treated? Treatment for this problem is through systematic desensitization and counter-conditioning (see Desensitization and Counter-Conditioning, Implementing Desensitization and Counter-Conditioning – Setting Up for Success, and Fears and Phobias – Inanimate Noises and Places). When is the best time to start treatment? This should be started at a time of year when fireworks or thunderstorms are not likely to occur so that you have control over the situation and time to work on your retraining program, without having to worry about how to deal with actual events (see Fears and Phobias – Storms…

  • Jun 28 2014

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    Firework Phobia

    The ideal way to treat fireworks and thunderstorm phobias is to train your dog using behavior modification techniques such as systematic desensitization and counter-conditioning. This should be started at a time of year when fireworks or thunderstorms are not likely to occur, so that you have control over the situation and time to work on your retraining program. However, if this has not been possible, you need to know how to help your pet during a thunderstorm or fireworks celebration.  This handout aims to provide you with some helpful information for immediate treatment of fireworks and thunderstorm phobias. For information…

  • Apr 07 2014

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    Itchy Itchy Fleas!

    FLEAS!                 Fleas really are interesting little insects, but they can make our pets (and us) miserable with every bite.  Learning more about these creatures can aid us in our quest to rid our animals of fleas. There are a few different species of flea which can affect our animals, but the most common type which feeds on both dogs and cats is the cat flea, Ctenocephalides cati. Like other insects, fleas have a hard exoskeleton (shell), but unlike most insects, they can jump up to ten inches high!  This is amazing, considering fleas only reach the size of 1…

  • Mar 26 2014

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    Anal Glands- Animals Have What?!

    This odd piece of dog and cat anatomy rears its ugly head every day at the clinic, but most owners have never heard of them.  On either side of the anus, at approxi mately 3 and 9 o’clock, are two balloon shaped glands.  They are located just underneath the skin, and are connected to the colon by a small duct.  These glands produce a foul smelling brown liquid, which normally excretes when a dog defecates.  The smells in this fluid act as a marker to other dogs in the area, and is one of the reasons dogs enjoy sniffing other…

  • Nov 20 2013

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    You Don’t Say….Common Myths & Misconceptions About Dogs & Cats

    As with any profession and aspects of life, there always seem to be myths and misconceptions that have been told.  Perhaps at one time, the message or question was different and over time have changed and altered, like playing “Telephone”.  We thought we would touch on a few of these for you, and perhaps more in the future. You don’t say….common myths and misconceptions about Dogs & Cats My dog must be healthy, his nose is wet.  My dog must be sick, his nose is warm and dry. A wet or dry nose does not necessarily signify anything abnormal.  If…

  • Oct 25 2013

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    Maya’s Surgical Adventure!

    Maya is the sweet old black Labrador belonging to Jaime. Jaime is a Registered Veterinary Technician who worked with us at South Windsor Animal Hospital for many years before going back to the University of Guelph for animal nutrition. Maya began limping a bit and causing “off” gait (in other words, she walked a little funny) She came in for a physical examination and x-rays. Through these two important tests, she was diagnosed with a partially torn cruciate ligament (I am sure many of you have heard of athletes tearing their ACL (anterior cruciate ligaments) in their knee). This ligament…

  • Oct 10 2013

    Canine Circovirus

    In light of the recent media attention to the Canine Circovirus, we thought we would help shed a little light on the situation as best we could. The following information is from the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and American Association of Veterinary Laboratory Diagnosticians. Circovirus in Dogs FAQ October 3, 2013 Canine circovirus infections have been documented in dogs with vomiting and diarrhea. The distribution of the virus in the U.S. is not yet known, but dogs infected with circovirus have been reported in California and circovirus may be associated with recent illness and death of dogs in Ohio….

  • Oct 02 2013

    Questions To Ask Your Pet Food Company

    This is a bit of a follow up blog regarding our last Nutrition blog.  There are literally hundreds of diets, made by a variety of different food companies, and of course a vast variety of quality.  Determining which diet is best to feed your beloved fur-baby can be challenging when faced upon the rows and rows and bags and bags of pet food.  Our job is to help make that decision a little bit easier, and to help you make the best informed decision for your pet. QUESTIONS TO ASK A PET FOOD COMPANY The following list of questions was…

  • Sep 20 2013

    Nutrition Is The Tightrope of Life, Proper Balance and You’re Golden!

    Nutrition                 They say, ‘You are what you eat’, and that is as true for animals as it is for people.  Poor or unbalanced nutrition is one of the most common reasons we see animals in the clinic.  For example, obesity is a major issue with our pets, partially because we solidify our bond with our animals through food.  Treats are fun ways to show our pets our affection, but many pets perceive attention such as a good chin scratch or back end pat are just as rewarding. Less than 10% of an animal’s daily calorie should consist of treats. …