Update: Grain Free Pet Foods & Heart Disease

By now, you’ve probably heard the warnings about the link between grain-free diets and the development of dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) in dogs. DCM is a heart condition that can result in abnormal cardiac rhythms, congestive heart failure and even sudden death. Veterinary cardiologists, nutritionists and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) are currently investigating a possible link between those types of diets and the development of this condition. The FDA’s latest report details the most common foods being fed in these dogs as well as the breeds most commonly affected. It also supports the initial theory that diets high […]

These Cat Viruses Aren’t Kitten Around!

It’s kitten season and it seems like we have a bumper crop of cute furballs needing homes this year! It’s a good time to remind those of you with feline friends—or anyone considering getting a new cat companion—about why getting your cat vaccinated is so important. Even if your pet lives indoors, it’s easier than you might think for them to be exposed to viruses. Both feline leukemia virus (FeLV) and feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) are contagious, untreatable illnesses. It’s believed that up to 4% of the cats in the U.S. have one or both viruses. These viruses are primarily […]

Only YOU Can Prevent Your Pet’s Fires! July 15th is National Pet Fire Safety Day

According to the American Fire Administration, approximately half a million pets are affected by house fires every year—and about 1000 of those fires are started by the pets themselves. It’s important as a pet parent to know how to keep your pets safe from fire danger—and from accidentally triggering those blazes as well. Keep pets away from lit candles. Animals are drawn to flickering flames and besides the risk of being burned, they can start a house fire if they accidentally knock the candle over. Put covers on or remove stove knobs and discourage climbing in the kitchen. An accidental nudge of […]

Hot Tips For A Pet-Safe Summer

Summertime is a time for fun and frolicking; however, here are some key tips to help keep your pets cool and safe… BE VIGILANT ABOUT VET CARE – When it starts getting warm outside, take your pet to the vet for a full checkup including a heartworm test and a flea and tick protection plan. These are year-round issues but in the summer months it’s especially important to monitor them. DON’T LEAVE YOUR PET ALONE IN THE CAR ON A WARM DAY – Within just a few minutes; a car can get extremely hot, stifling, and deadly. Never, ever leave your pet […]

Treating Skin Allergies

If your pet is always itching, licking their paws, chewing on their coat or scratching their ears; there’s a good chance they have skin allergies.  Skin allergies are often caused by flea, food and environmental conditions.  To alleviate your pet of this problem, we must first figure out the cause.  Start by looking for fleas.  If you suspect a flea infestation, wash all fabrics in your home and vacuum everywhere thoroughly.  We also highly encourage all of our clients to administer monthly flea medication to their pets throughout the entire year. If your pet is already on flea preventative, consider […]