Itchy dogs are in season!

Spring seems to be arriving early this year, and with the change of season, we are already seeing an uptick in visits from itchy dogs.  Atopy, also known as atopic dermatitis or seasonal allergy, is a common diagnosis and affects quality of life for both dogs and their owners. There are many misconceptions about allergies…

A Day in the Life of a Veterinary Technician

Have you ever thought you would like to work with animals?  Do you ever wonder what a veterinary technician really does behind the scenes? To an outsider, the job may look like cuddling puppies most of the day, but there is so much more happening behind the scenes. Vet techs, as well as front desk…

Have you heard of Leptospirosis?

  It seems that most people haven’t.  Leptospirosis (a.k.a.”Lepto”) is an infectious disease that has been around throughout history, but seems to be relatively unknown to most pet owners.  It can infect dogs as well as many other species of animals, and is zoonotic, which means it can spread from animals to humans.  In fact,…

Tips and Insights for Adopting a Shelter Dog

In 2005, Hurricane Katrina devastated the New Orleans area and as people fled the storm, hundreds of thousands of dogs were left behind to fend for themselves. The dogs that survived led to an overwhelming number of stray dogs in the following years, and created a severe animal welfare crisis.  Animal welfare groups stepped in…

Environmental Enrichment for Indoor Cats

Cats are beautiful, sensitive, intelligent and curious creatures that fill a special place in our hearts and homes. Domestic cats are descended from wild felines, and while they are not the same, they retain behaviors and social needs from their ancestors.  In their natural environment they would be spending their days hunting, exploring, maintaining their…

Saying Goodbye

  Making the decision to say goodbye to a beloved pet can be one of the most heartbreaking and difficult choices anyone ever has to make.  It is a fact of life that dogs and cats have a limited life span compared to ours, and most pet owners must face end of life decisions for…

Stress Free Visits to the Veterinarian

There is no question that bringing a pet to the vet for a visit can potentially be stressful for both animals and owners!   Animals can experience stress during the car ride, during handling and holding by unfamiliar people, seeing other patients in the office, and while being placed on an exam table.  Pet owners become…