Our Doctors' Blog

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

by Dr. Jody Kaufman

I met Buddy in the fall of 1997. He was brought into the clinic on an emergency basis on a Sunday morning. His owner said that he had a large abscess on his head and that he was worried because the cat was not up to date on his Rabies vaccination. Upon arrival, his owner stated that they... read more

Dr. Kate Lawton

Many common situations are difficult for pets, including kennel stays, house moves, arrival of a new pet, baby, or visitors, sudden noises such as fireworks or thunderstorms, travel, vet or groomer visits, and the holiday period. Many cats do not cope well in a multi-cat household. There are... read more

Dr. Julie Hunt

If I had a nickel for every time I say, “your dog needs to lose weight,” I would be rich indeed!

This article offers an overview of some of the wonderful places in the Exeter area where owners can walk dogs in a safe, outdoor environment. However, each location has rules and... read more

Dr. Jody Kaufman

Buttons came in for her yearly exam last November. She was a healthy and happy house cat who never went out, weighing 9.7 pounds. She was given a clean bill of health... read more

Dr. Jody Kaufman

How many people remember the Bedlington Terrier? Probably very few under the age of sixty. Bedlingtons were cute, curly-haired white dogs that looked like little lambs and were once one of the most popular breeds in the U.S. Their demise coincided with the appearance of an inherited... read more

Dr. Julie Hunt

According to the Association for Prevention of Pet Obesity (APOP), just over 50% of both cats and dogs in the US are overweight or obese. Obesity is defined as weighing greater than 30% above normal body condition. Surprisingly, only 22% of dog owners and 15% of cat owners realize their own... read more