Get Them To The Vet Safe (Winter Travels)

Do you have a small animal, bird or reptile that needs to visit the veterinarian during the winter months? We all know how important it is to keep small animals, pocket pets, birds, reptiles and amphibians temperature controlled. Therefore, these trips to the veterinarian during frigid temps can require some pre-appointment planning! Continue reading

CBD OIL: Let’s Just Talk About It In The Open! (really, it’s ok)

Yes, yes I have heard about the CBD buzz and all of its “magical powers”; but what is it exactly?

First things first, let’s jump into a little bit of science. CBD belongs to a group of compounds known as cannabinoids. These cannabinoids are derived from hemp and cannabis (yes this guy right here marijuana leaf ).  Studies have shown that the body contains something known as the endocannabinoid system. This system contains receptors that are located throughout the body and contribute to multiple different functions such as sensation, nausea, mood, or appetite. Scientists are busy researching this endocannabinoid system and are discovering more receptors throughout the body.  OK, so enough science. I’m sure everyone is thinking “If CBD comes from hemp and cannabis, then will it get my dog high?” The answer is: It definitely shouldn’t! That being said, some of the human CBD products that we are familiar with may actually contain a substance known as THC. This is another cannabinoid that can cause that high sensation we have all heard about. However, THC is actually toxic to pets. Therefore, pet friendly CBD oil should contain very little (if any) THC and should not cause any high sensations. Continue reading

15 Ways That Being A Veterinarian Changed The Way I’m Raising My Kittens

The fifteen ways that being a veterinarian changed the way I’m raising my kittens

It had been almost 20 years since my cat, Mickey, was a baby. I was still in undergrad when I got him so we both had a lot of growing up to do together. Before Mickey, the last time I had a kitten of my own I was only 4.

Needless to say, a lot of my parenting style and ability have changed over the decades and becoming a vet has done the most to change my perspective on a cat’s formative years. Here are fifteen things I did different with Raven and Poe than I did with my past kittens: Continue reading

Grain Free Diets and Heart Disease

     I am writing to inform you of a growing problem with our canine pet population.  Veterinary cardiologists have recently seen an increase in the number of dogs presenting with advanced heart disease that are being fed “Grain Free” diets.  As of 08/24/2018, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has received approximately 200 reported cases of heart disease that are suspected to be related to their diet. Continue reading