February is American Heart Month (for pets too!)

Hearts are seen everywhere in the month of February.  Both in honor of Valentine’s Day and also as a reminder of American Heart Month which raises awareness about heart disease n people.  February is also known as American Heart Month for pets.  It is estimated that 10% of dogs and cats suffer from heart disease and its related symptoms.             The heart is a pump that circulates blood throughout the body.  If a pet develops heart disease the pump is no longer able to do its job properly.  This decrease in function leads to increased pressure and congestion.  If the heart is not able to pump the blood properly fluid… Read More

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Avoid a Scary Halloween for Your Pet!

Halloween Pet Safety By Pam Small           There are many things that can be hazardous to our pets during the Halloween celebrations.  We all like to join in on the fun but we need to be responsible when doing so with our pets.  Just like we don’t want kids trick or treating without flashlights, we don’t want harm to befall our furry friends.  Here are some things to consider this Halloween season. When meeting and greeting those trick or treaters, think safety first.  Our pets can get anxious or excited by the people arriving at our door.  You may want to consider a pet gate in the doorway to insure… Read More

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Animal Hospice & Palliative Care

This past year has been a difficult year personally.  Our family has experienced the loss of two of our dogs to chronic kidney disease.  The journey through their diagnosis, treatment and ultimate end of life has been a hard road.  But the lessons I learned along the way will be invaluable to my patients.  These experiences have shown me the necessity and the ultimate beauty of walking through the end of life with our beloved companions.  At the end of life, the Rainbow Bridge becomes a destination of ultimate healing when our medical modalities are no longer enough. The veterinary world is beginning to see and embrace the idea of… Read More

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