Our Doctors' Blog

Dr. Julie Hunt

Most dog owners are aware of heartworm disease and have been instructed to give a heartworm preventative pill to their dog once monthly. You also probably know that heartworm is passed from dog to dog through the bite of a mosquito. So how do the preventatives work? And why do we recommend... read more

Dr. Kate Lawton

With the start of school comes the second wave of ticks and if the spring was any indicator, it’s going to be a doozy. While ticks are quite disgusting on their own, they can also transmit a myriad of diseases to your dog. You are probably most familiar with Lyme disease, but Anaplasmosis,... read more

Dr. Jody Kaufman

As the summer starts winding down, fleas start ramping up their assault. Years ago it was a never-ending battle to control them. People would spray, dip, bomb the house, and repeat the cycle all over again until winter came to the rescue. Then, almost twenty years ago, everything changed... read more

Dr. Julie Hunt

So many of us take prescription or over the counter medications that we forget just how powerful and potentially deadly they can be if taken incorrectly. So imagine the consequences of your pet getting into those same medications. Since pets weigh less and have different physiology from humans... read more

Dr. Jody Kaufman

We are always finding out new things about medications, diseases, and treatments. It can be tricky to sift through all the available information, even without being confused by the clutter and misinformation that crowds the Internet.

Evidence of heartworm resistance to the common... read more

Dr. Julie Hunt

Recently there has been increased interest in feeding pets a raw food diet. Advocates of raw food diets claim the benefits include longer lifespan, better dental health, and improvement in skin and gastrointestinal conditions. However, most support for feeding raw diets comes from testimonials... read more

We are often asked why indoor only pets must be vaccinated against rabies. For starters, it’s the law. Rabies is a fatal disease that is easily prevented with vaccination.

The virus that causes rabies is transmitted through the saliva of infected animals. In our area, the raccoon is the... read more

We have recently begun accepting CareCredit as an alternative form of payment. CareCredit transactions are eligible for a no-interest payment plan with a six month repayment schedule and a $250 minimum. For more information or to apply, please visit CareCredit's Web site or... read more

With the warmer weather comes the resurgence of the tick and the flea. While bothersome and annoying, they are more than just a nuisance; these insects can transmit disease to our pets.  And while no form of prevention is foolproof, there are a few steps we can take to keep our pets as flea and tick free as... read more

Gastric dilatation and volvulus (GDV) is defined as enlargement of the stomach with subsequent clock-wise rotation along its axis causing entrapment of food and air. The exact cause is unknown but is usually related to rapid consumption of large volumes of food or water sometimes followed with exercise. GDV is... read more