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Hot Spots – Acute Moist Dermatitis in Dogs

Acute moist dermatitis is the medical term for a “hot spot.” It is a common skin condition that usually appears rather quickly (within a matter of days) on the skin of dogs. It is a raw, red area that is caused by repeated irritation- usually biting, chewing, and/or licking. These lesions can grow and worsen in severity very quickly, so…

Top 6 Easter Holiday Dangers for Pets

Did you know that Easter holiday celebrations pose certain dangers to your pets? With this holiday seemingly always on the horizon, this is a great time to mention the safety hazards this holiday can pose to your pets. Including your dog or cat in your Easter celebration can be fun and rewarding, because let’s face it- there’s aren’t too many…

How to Care for a Parakeet

If you’ve decided that a pet bird is something you’d like to add to your life, parakeets (budgerigars or budgies for short) have always been a very popular option. As with the addition of any new family member it is important to think long and hard about whether you have the extra time, energy, and money to provide a good…

Top 4 Most Dangerous Dog Toys

Every pet owner should read this list of the top 4 most dangerous dog toys by type.  From injuries to the tongue and teeth to gastrointestinal obstructions requiring major surgery, these types of toys can be hazardous to your dog’s health: 1. Marrow Bones Marrow bones are often a favorite, inexpensive dog toy. They are all natural and can be…

Understanding Retained Deciduous Teeth in Dogs

Retained deciduous teeth in dogs isn’t a life-threatening condition, but these protracted baby teeth should be removed when observed. Just like people, dogs will go through two sets of teeth in their lifetime. Puppy teeth (or deciduous teeth) start breaking through around three weeks of age, and are replaced with an adult set of teeth at between 4-6 months. Most…

Tonopens: How & Why Veterinarians Use Them

Veterinarians use Tonopens primarily to measure eye pressure in dogs, cats, and other animals.  There is fluid produced in the front of the eye, and normally it leaves the front of the eye at the same rate that it is produced.  This is what creates normal ocular pressure.  If the rate of fluid production is faster than the rate of…

6 Reasons You Should Get a Urinalysis for Your Dog or Cat

Have you been asked by your veterinarian to bring in a sample of your pet’s urine? Although it can seem like an extremely odd request (and sometimes a nearly impossible task!) performing a urinalysis can give your veterinarian significant insight into what’s going on in your pet’s body, potentially catching life-threatening illnesses before they become a problem.  The following are…

Acorn Poisoning in Livestock Animals

The Dangers of Livestock Acorn Poisoning Acorn poisoning most commonly occurs in sheep but can also affect horses, cattle, and goats. It is caused by eating an excessive amount of acorns, oak leaves or branches from an oak tree. Although this is toxic to these particular livestock animals, it isn’t necessarily toxic to other animals that require this type of…

Parvovirus and Your Dog

The Real Risks of Parvovirus It has recently been brought to our attention that several dogs in the Upper Valley area have contracted Parvovirus. Although Parvovirus is a disease that we do see occasionally in our practice, its occurrence has been greatly reduced due to proper vaccination with the Distemper vaccine (which also offers protection from Parvo.) In order to…