- Should my pet have her first heat before she is spayed?
Many people still believe that a dog or cat should have her first heat before she is spayed. This old wives tale! I was in a vet office yesterday, and overheard a young couple ask the vet, “Can our puppy really get pregnant now? She is only a baby!” A 7- month-old baby, so the [...]
- What is bloat?
Bloat. For many dog owners, the word “bloat” is like a stab of fear to their belly. Rightfully so! Bloat in dogs can be fatal. Bloat is the common term for gastric dilatation-volvulus (GDV) The ASPCA says, “When bloat occurs, the dog’s stomach fills with air, fluid and/or food. The enlarged stomach puts pressure on other organs, [...]
- What is the best age to spay or neuter?
What is the best age to fix a puppy or kitten? Ask ten people, and you may get ten different answers! Those of us in the animal sheltering and rescue world usually recommend early-age spay/neuter at 8 weeks of age, or as soon as possible after that. Promoting early-age spay neuter is part of the [...]
- Vet Q&A: Protecting your pet’s health when you adopt
One of the biggest concerns potential pet parents have about the animals for adoption at shelters and rescues is their health. Are pets for adoption at shelters and rescues healthy? Can my family and my pets get sick if they are sick? Pets at shelters are just like pets from any communal environment, including pet [...]
- Vet Q&A: Are pets for adoption healthy?
When I’m volunteering as an adoptions counselor at my local animal shelter, one of the biggest concerns potential pet parents have about the animals for adoption is their health. Are pets for adoption at shelters and rescues healthy? Can my family get sick if they are sick? Pets at shelters are just like pets from [...]
- Heartworm risk map and how to protect your pets
Is your pet at risk for heartworm disease? The scary truth is, quite possibly. There are a lot of myths surrounding this silent killer and one of the most widespread is that heartworm disease is only an issue for pets in the southern states, only during the summer months, or only when there are a [...]
- Preventing Motion Sickness in Puppies & Dogs
A puppy or dog getting motion sick while in a car isn’t much fun for the pooch – or the humans in the car with them! Unfortunately, much like humans, dogs and puppies can also experience a feeling of illness while on car trips. Fortunately, there are things you can do to help your dog [...]
- Why Does My Dog Have Eye Stains?
Does your dog get stains under his or her eyes? This can mean that something is preventing your pup’s tears from the normal function of emptying into the nose and down the throat. Often this causes tears to just sit on the fur under the eyes, keeping that area wet. Since fur holds onto moisture and might [...]
- Dog Health
The health of your dog or puppy is key to both of your happiness and enjoying a long life together. So we’ve assembled our best dog health and puppy health articles here, just for you! What is the best age to spay or neuter? When is a good time to get a pet spay/neutered? Top [...]
- Top 5 Ways to Stop Pet Itching
When my vet recently told me that the number one reason people bring pets to her veterinary hospital is because of itching and related skin issues, I wasn’t surprised. Here in Southern California especially, the dry desert air combined with watered tropical landscaping and natural flora and fauna are a mecca for allergens and itch-causing [...]