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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…

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…