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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…

Hardware Cows

What is a Hardware Cow? Cows do not chew their food in the same way as dogs, cats or humans. The unique anatomy of their mouth allows them to occasionally pick up foreign objects with their feedstuff. These foreign objects often include wire, screws, nails, and other various metals found on the farm and in the fields. When digestion of…

Botulism in Horses

Diagnosing Botulism in Your Horse Botulism is a neurologic disease caused by bacteria (Clostridium botulinum) that is fatal in horses. Horses are the most susceptible species to this particular bacterium and researchers are still trying to figure out why this is. This bacterium is classified as a “Category A” because it can be used as a bioterrorism weapon and is…

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…

Tips for Keeping Your Pets Safe During July 4th

Fireworks and Your Pets With the Fourth of July right around the corner, it’s time to prepare for the dazzling firework displays. One of the most important things to prepare for is how your dog will react to the fireworks. Fireworks can be very frightening for dogs mainly because the fireworks stimulate all of your dog’s senses at the same…

Sweeney Shoulder in Horses

What is Sweeney Shoulder? Sweeney Shoulder in horses is recognized by atrophy or “wasting away” of the muscles that are located in the shoulder area. This is caused by damage to the suprascapular nerve that controls the Supraspinatus, Infraspinatus and Triceps muscles. This condition may also be caused by a sudden movement or weight change from the front end of…

Cocoa Mulch Toxicity

How Dangerous is Cocoa Mulch? Many of us take some time during the summer to enjoy gardening or landscaping around our homes. While most varieties of mulch are relatively safe for our pets, cocoa mulch can be very dangerous—even fatally toxic if ingested. Cocoa mulch is known for its rich brown color, insulating and hydrating properties and chocolate aroma- making…

Compost Toxicity

The Dangers in Your Compost Bin Most pet owners know that chocolate, grapes, and raisins are toxic to our canine friends. Other potentially toxic foods include avocados, garlic and onions. What most dog owners don’t realize, however, is that compost can be one of the most toxic and deadly substances around. While composting your old food materials is a great…

Brushing Your Cat’s Teeth

How to Conquer the Seemingly Impossible February is Dental Awareness month for our four-legged companions. Dental health is extremely important to the overall health of our pets. Keeping their dental health in check will allow them to live happier, healthier, longer lives. The best way to maintain healthy teeth in our pets is through daily brushing. Although training your dog…

Allergic Dermatitis and Your Dog/Cat

Why Is My Pet Itching?  Itching is a very common ailment in both dogs and cats. Many owners will either notice their pet scratching or licking frequently, or they will notice hair loss or scabbing on certain areas. There are multiple causes of itching in our pets- one of the most common being allergies. Our pets can be allergic to…