Protect Pets from Heat Stroke this Summer: Tips to Enjoy the Summer Sun Safely for Fido & Fluffy

Protect Pets from Heat Stroke this Summer: Tips to Enjoy the Summer Sun Safely for Fido & Fluffy

Summer sunshine is nice, but temperatures have been soaring to extremes lately. How much sun is too much when it comes to your canine companion? Yes, pets can get heat stroke too! The owner was frantic. Just an hour before, her Frenchie, Sambo, was playing in the yard. Now, he was listless and having trouble…

Is Your Pet Better Off With You In The Exam Room at the Vet or Not?

Is Your Pet Better Off With You In The Exam Room at the Vet or Not?

Veterinarians weigh in on whether you should accompany your pet in the exam room – or let them fly solo. Whenever I bring my dog, Banshee, to see her vet, I’m faced with multiple anxieties. Sure, most revolve around cost, just as it does when I take myself to the human doctor and worry what insurance…

Pet Heat Stroke is No Joke

Pet Heat Stroke is No Joke

Summer may not have officially arrived, but outdoor temperatures have soared nationwide. Many well-meaning pet owners who take their pooches outside to enjoy long walks notice their dogs are reluctant to tag along. This veterinarian and author have had several clients comment on their dogs’ lack of energy, pep, and stamina… So what’s wrong with Fido? After…

Your Dog Got Bitten by a Snake. What Should You Do Now

Your Dog Got Bitten by a Snake. What Should You Do Now?

Dogs are naturally curious and love to explore, but that can lead to trouble if they come across a snake. Venomous snake bites can be life-threatening for your dog. An estimated 150,000 dogs and cats are bitten each year. Immediately getting your dog the treatment they need can increase their chances of survival. 

Why Do Dogs Eat Dirt and Rocks?

Why Do Dogs Eat Dirt and Rocks?

As a dedicated dog parent, you should be concerned if your dog or puppy eats dirt or rocks. This can be a very dangerous behavior. Eating excessive dirt or just one rock has the potential to cause intestinal blockage or choking. Choking will be obvious, but intestinal blockage may happen without you even knowing it until it’s too late. Not to mention all the chemicals and waste found in today’s dirt.

Pet Food Recall - Sportsmix Pet foods with Corn causing Fatal Liver Disease in Dogs and Cats

ALERT: Pet Food Recall – Sportsmix Pet foods with Corn causing Fatal Liver Disease in Dogs and Cats

Sportmix Pet food and Midwestern Pet Food,  both made in Oklahoma have been recalled by the FDA. Deadly levels of Aflatoxins have been found in the corn contained in these pet foods. Aflatoxin is a toxin produced by the mold Aspergillus flavus. It it toxic to  the liver of dogs and cats.As of January 11,…

What to do for Dog Vomiting

What to do for Dog Vomiting

Occasionally pets vomit. Dog vomiting that occurs every now and then in an otherwise healthy canine is generally not a cause for concern. By far the most common cause of dog vomiting is dietary indiscretion. Persistent dog vomiting, with or without signs of illness such as appetite loss, depression, lethargy, diarrhea, or constipation can indicate a more severe problem and should be addressed.

Dog First Aid 101

Dog First Aid 101

What do you do if your dog stops breathing? Do not move your dog, if something is stuck in their throat you do not want to move thing around. Call your vet immediately and if they are closed proceed to the nearest emergency room. You can check his mouth and throat to see if anything…

Pet Heroes Make Life Saving Donations

In a time of crisis, many people consider giving blood as a means to help victims of war, natural disasters or even terrorist attack. But when tragedy occurs, what happens when your pets need blood? How do veterinarians cope with an immediate need for these vital fluids?

Fortunately, animal blood banks exist and can help insure that your pet gets the right blood product and the right type of blood for any injury or illness. Historically, most veterinarians used their own pets as a reservoir for emergencies, but too often, transfusion reactions occurred and many pets died.

Blood types are well known in humans and our pets are just as complex. Cats, as an example, have three main blood types (A, B, and AB) while dogs actually have more than a dozen different blood groups. Problems occur when pets of one blood type receive blood from a different blood type and often the resulting reaction can be catastrophic or even deadly.

Beyond typing the blood, animal blood banks can also help cross match samples of donor and recipient blood. This procedure further insures that no unplanned reactions happen when the patient receives the blood. Typing and cross matching is common in human hospitals and is just now becoming the standard for our pets as well.

Interested pet owners can talk with their veterinarians about animal blood drives happening in their local area. Often, blood collected locally is used to save pet lives across town or even across the country