Keeping Your Cat Calm During Veterinary Visits

Promote Feline Wellness with our Certified Cat-Friendly Practice   Cats are independent creatures that need time to develop trust and often rely on their trusted human sidekicks to feel safe while navigating the world, especially veterinary visits. That’s why expert veterinarians must approach cats differently than dogs; specific steps must be followed to ensure the…

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Declawing

By: Ivan Alvarez, DVM [printer-friendly version] Congratulations you have introduced a new kitty to the household! Everything is going well, she is adapting to the new environment, is playful and you couldn’t be happier. Then you start noticing scratch marks in your favorite sofa, your curtains or other furniture. You have tried corrective measures but…

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Feline Infectious Peritonitis

By: Carley Gates, DVM [printer-friendly version] What is Feline Infectious Peritonitis? Feline Infectious Peritonitis is ultimately a fatal disease which can affect many organ systems. It occurs when the non-fatal Feline Enteric Corona Virus (FeCoV)* spontaneously mutates within the body into the fatal Feline Infectious Peritonitis Virus (FIPV). The fatal virus (FIPV) is most associated…

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Fear Free: Taking the Fear Out Of Veterinary Visits

By: Caitlin Spillers, DVM [printer-friendly version] For some dogs and cats, the vet clinic can be a place that induces anxiety leading them to react in a variety of unpredictable ways that are stressful for not only the animal, but also their owner. If left unaddressed, this stress may lead to some owners avoiding taking…

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Spaying and Neutering: Benefits and Timing

 By: Caitlin Spillers, DVM [printer-friendly version] Determining what age to spay or neuter your pet is an important decision that your veterinarian can help you make! While it may seem like a simple answer, there is a lot that goes into the recommendation and the appropriate age to consider this for your little one. This…

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Finding the Perfect New Dog

By: Kathryn Sarpong, DVM, DABVP [printer-friendly version] COVID and working from home have brought lots of new animals into our lives. I know many families are still contemplating a new dog. What type, what size, what personality, fits my life? These are important decisions to consider. Where To Find a Dog-Breeder Versus Shelter / Rescue…

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What Does It Mean if Your Pet Has a Heart Murmur?

By: Lauren Strazdis, DVM [printer-friendly version] A “heart murmur” is an abnormal sound heard by a veterinarian while listening to the heart using a stethoscope. This sound indicates turbulent blood flow in the heart, meaning that some blood is not flowing smoothly through the heart or in the proper direction. There are many parts of…

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Diarrhea in Dogs and Cats

By: Rebecca Donaldson, DVM [printer-friendly version] Unfortunately, we’ve all experienced diarrhea at some point and know first-hand the discomfort it causes. Our pets can experience that same discomfort if they develop diarrhea too. While not pleasant to discuss, and especially not fun to discover on our carpets, it is important to educate yourself on the…

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Separation Anxiety in Dogs

by: Kathryn Junkins Sarpong, DVM, DABVP [printer-friendly version] What is it? – Pets acting anxious, destructively or vocalizing when away from their people. Examples – Your dog chews up the rug and urinates in your house whenever you go to work. The neighbors complain your dog cries constantly whenever you have to run an errand.…

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