Our Doctors' Blog

by Dr. Kate Lawton

At Brentwood Country Animal Hospital we have recently added cold laser therapy to the repertoire of services we offer our patients. After a three week trial period, we were amazed to see the benefits that the laser treatment provided, mainly with a decrease in post-operative healing time... read more

by Dr. Kate Lawton

Canine influenza is a relatively new infectious disease caused by two separate viral strains – H3N8 and H3N2. First reported in Florida in 2005, H3N8 was recognized after a group of racing Greyhounds became ill (many fatally) with a severe and extremely contagious pneumonia. It has since... read more

by Dr. Kate Lawton

With the legalization of marijuana on the horizon (and already legal in surrounding states), comes the increase in possible exposure to our pets, particularly dogs. The typical... read more

by Dr. Julie Hunt

You have done everything in your power to treat Fluffy like a queen. She gets the best food, the best medical care, and you keep her safely indoors. But is she really happy? Our homes are set up perfectly for humans but... read more

by Dr. Kate Lawton

Over the last couple of years there have been a few studies that look at the many long term effects of neutering our pets. It has been common practice in the United States to neuter cats and dogs by six months of age to reduce both overpopulation and the risk of undesirable behaviors.... read more

by Dr. Jody Kaufman

Nutrition theories abound these days. Grain-free diets are better for our pets. Raw diets are the most “natural and what our animals ate in the wild”. Commercial pet foods are all “filler”. It can be difficult to digest all of these theories to come up with a coherent feeding plan. Let’s... read more

By Dr. Julie Hunt

Xylitol is a sugar substitute that has become widely used in the U.S. over the past several years. It is popular with dieters and diabetics alike because it is sugar free, has zero calories, and helps prevent tooth decay. It is now commonly found in sugar-free gum, candy, and foods. In... read more

by Dr. Kate Lawton

Dental disease is one of the most common medical conditions affecting our pets, with over 70% of cats and dogs affected by the age of two.

Left untreated, infection in the mouth can spread to your pet’s heart, kidneys, and liver. It can also be very painful for your pet. We do our... read more

by Dr. Jody Kaufman
I have had three almost-identical cases in the last two months: elderly cats that had not been seen in years (in one instance over ten years) were finally brought in to the clinic because they weren't doing well. All three were severely debilitated, thin, and dehydrated. One of them was... read more

by Dr. Jody Kaufman

Summer has gone by way too quickly, and there are certain things to be aware of as fall approaches.

We think of ticks as being springtime pests and fleas as the scourge of summer. The truth is that they are both most prevalent in the fall. Fleas start their population surge in late... read more

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