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Why Perform a Urinalysis?

Most pet owners have at some point been asked by their veterinarian to bring in a sample of their pet’s urine. Although it can seem like an extremely odd request (and sometimes a nearly impossible task!) performing an analysis of your pet’s urine can give your veterinarian some big clues about what’s going on in your pet’s body. Urinary Tract…

What is a Tono-pen?

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 fluid leaving then the pressure is increased.  If the rate of fluid leaving is…

Retained Deciduous Teeth

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 dogs will ultimately end up with 42 adult teeth, including 10 molars in the very back, 16 premolars in…

Dangerous Dog Toys

1. Marrow Bones Marrow bones are often a favorite, inexpensive dog toy. They are all natural and can be found at most butcher shops and grocery stores for just a few dollars. They also last for quite a while and provide a great chewing surface that works wonders to prevent the buildup of tartar on your pet’s teeth. Unfortunately, marrow…

Caring for Your Budgie

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 very important to think long and hard about whether you have the extra time, energy and money to provide a…

Easter Holiday Hazards

With Easter weekend fast approaching, 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 things cuter than a dog wearing bunny ears, but being aware of the potential hazards that…

Case of the Month: Gastrointestinal Foreign Body

 Case of the Month: Gastrointestinal Foreign Body Ferris, the Australian Shepherd mix came in to see us last week after the pet sitter had seen a metal object dangling out of his mouth. When she moved toward him to retrieve it, Ferris swallowed it in one swift gulp. Many times, in a situation like this where an owner observes their…

Acute Moist Dermatitis and Your Dog

What is a Hot Spot? 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 the dog. It is a raw, red area that is caused by repeated irritation- usually biting, chewing, and/or licking. These lesions can grow and…

How to Express Your Dog’s Anal Glands

Expressing Your Dog’s Anal Glands One of the most common problems we see in dogs are anal gland infections. The anal glands are located on either side of the rectum and serve the purpose of marking your dog’s bowel movements with their own unique scent. Each time your dog has a bowel movement the fluid in the anal sacs should…

Mites and Your Snake

How To Get Rid of Snake Mites? Snake mites are very small parasitic creatures that feed off the blood of your snake. They are visible to the naked eye and look like tiny black, red, or grey bugs. They are often visible on your animal (often in the thin skinned areas such as eyes, ears and armpits), on your hands…