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


Why is my cat peeing outside the box?


Cats make wonderful companions. We tend to see these relationships between owners and cats start to deteriorate if the cat begins having accidents outside of the litter box. Anytime you notice your cat going to the bathroom outside of the litterbox the first step should be to have them seen by your veterinarian. Continue reading

Collecting Urine and Stool Specimens

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Let’s talk about urine and stool samples! We often ask you to bring in these samples so we thought we should provide you with some EXPERT tips!

If you schedule an appointment for your pet that includes problems urinating, urinating blood, etc. then it is always best to try to collect a sample prior to your visit. If you are unable to do so then it is best to offer water prior to the visit and have pets cross their legs on their way in. If it is a cat then offering water and placing them in a carrier a half hour or so prior to your visit can help to ensure they will will have a full bladder. This way the staff is able to collect a sample if necessary.

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Separation Anxiety

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Annie lives with separation anxiety

There are many types of fears and anxieties that your pet may experience in their lifetime. One type of anxiety is separation anxiety. Separation anxiety is the fear of being alone. This can cause your dog to show undesirable behaviors while you are away and cause them personal stress. Behavioral problems associated with separation anxiety can include, but are not limited to: excessive barking, whining, destruction, digging, pacing, accidents in the house, drooling or hyperactivity. These behaviors could be a reaction to the stress of being alone and the uncertainty of your return. A pet can develop this type of anxiety at any point in their life. Possible causes could be a change in routine, major life event (new baby, death of family member, etc.), traumatic event or an underlying medical condition. When dealing with true separation anxiety it involves many factors and patience. It is important to remember that no two dogs or cats are the same. What works for one pet may not work for another pet. Continue reading

What’s the Deal with Pet Insurance?


It’s a fact of life that accidents, injuries, and illnesses will occur, and often at the worst possible times. The basic idea behind pet insurance (and all insurance, really) is that you’ll pay a fixed amount of money steadily over time to avoid having to pay a whole lot later on.  When a patient presents to us sick or injured, we would like to be able to focus on all the things necessary to make them well again.  Unfortunately, too often the decisions that are made are based on finances, and understandably so, especially during challenging economic times.  Wouldn’t it be great if we never even had to think about the cost, and could do everything possible to ensure a successful outcome?  That’s the flexibility that pet insurance provides. Continue reading