cancer in dogs and cats

Cancer in Dogs and Cats

By Dr. Bruce Little Although cancer in pets differs very little from cancer in humans, it remains a complex, misunderstood, and disheartening tragedy when our four-legged family members are diagnosed with some form of the dreaded “Big C.”  First, it might be productive to review terms that are part and parcel to these conditions. The…

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What You Need to Know About Dogs With Anxiety

Dogs suffer from anxiety just like people do. Any dog breed is susceptible to anxiety and, if left untreated, it can lead to serious behavioral problems. There are three basic reasons that dogs become anxious: Fear. Dogs express fear-based anxiety in reaction to several triggers. These might include thunder or loud sounds like fireworks, strange places,…

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National Canine Lymphoma Awareness Day

National Canine Lymphoma Awareness Day is observed every year on November 7th. This day helps to generate awareness about canine lymphoma, and nudge every pet parent to check their dogs regularly. According to the Animal Cancer Foundation (ACF), there are approximately six million new canine cancer diagnoses each year. Here are some important facts to…

halloween safety tips

Halloween Safety Tips

By Dr. Bruce Little Halloween is almost here! While Halloween is a joyous and thrilling time of year for us, it can create a lot of stress and anxiety for our pets. The constant doorbell ringing and strangely dressed people, with lots of scary costumes and elevated and unusual noises, can stress out many dogs and…

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Anxiety in Dogs and Cats

By Dr. Bruce Little Fear and anxiety in pets can come from many different sources. Pets can become fearful of people, sounds, sights, and other pets, either within your home or out in public. The cause can usually can be traced back to inadequate handling and exposure during the first few months of their lives….

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Is My Pet Overweight?

By Dr. Bruce Little Beginning in the 1990’s, it became obvious that an increasing number of dogs and cats were overweight or downright obese. Veterinarians began to diagnose this malady and to instruct pet owners that they needed to address the weight problem in their pets before the excess began to take its toll on…

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Benefits of Dog Parks

Dog parks are great, because dog owners can take their dogs and let them run around off leash in the company of other dogs. These parks can be beneficial to both pets and their owners. Dogs need exercise to stay healthy, happy, and also out of trouble! If your dog likes other dogs, is social…

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Pet Safety for Fall Months

By Dr. Bruce Little Labor Day is over, which means fall is almost upon us. It might be beneficial to review some precautions pet owners should take as we head into this next season.  If you haven’t already done so, get your pets vaccinated for rabies and other communicable diseases. Thursday, September 28 is World…

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10 Dog Breeds That Don’t Shed

Even though we might dream of a dog that won’t leave a trail of hair on furniture and clothes, there’s no such thing as a truly non-shedding or hypoallergenic dog. All mammals shed hair.  If allergies are a concern, it isn’t the hair that is the problem, but rather the dander and saliva from the…

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Fun Facts About Show Dogs

You’ve watched the Westminster dog show and wondered what all the hype is about. Or perhaps you want a show dog but don’t know the first thing about finding one. Or maybe you’ve laughed at the movie Best in Show and wanted to know more. Whatever the case, here are some interesting facts about show…

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Caring for Dogs: A Guide

When thinking about adopting a dog or puppy, there’s more to it than just choosing the one you like the best — even though that’s important too! Consider the care, time, training, veterinary needs, vaccinations, and microchipping. Put some time into thinking about how you’ll welcome your new family member. In this article you’ll find…

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Plants That Are Poisonous to Pets

Houseplants help make a home more inviting and warm. However, if you have a dog or cat as well, be aware that they may chew on them, and some houseplants are extremely toxic to pets. While most plant toxins can create stomach upset, some are life-threatening. There are few things as upsetting as having your…

summer safety tips for pets

Summer Safety Tips for Dogs and Cats

Beach trips, long sunny days, barbecues, and baseball games. The dog days of summer are fast approaching. And it’s just as important for your pets to stay cool as it is that you do! Here’s our list of summer safety tips for pet owners: Keep them cool and hydrated. Make sure your pet has plenty…

july 4th pet safety tips

July 4th Pet Safety Tips

July 4th 2018 is almost upon us! Barbecues, outdoor celebrations, and of course, fireworks. According to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), a 2016 survey reported that 44 percent of owners said their dogs showed signs of noise aversion, the term used to describe the fear and anxiety dogs experience during loud noise. Dogs suffering…

health benefits of pets

Health Benefits of Owning a Pet

Pet ownership comes with a lot of responsibility, but it isn’t without its rewards. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, pets can decrease blood pressure, cholesterol, and triglyceride levels, as well as feelings of loneliness. Here are just some of the positive health impacts of owning a pet: Reduction of Stress Pets…

benefits of pets in the workplace

The Benefits of Pets in the Workplace

June 22 is Bring Your Dog to Work Day! Launched in 1999 by Pet Sitters International (PSI), it’s an annual event celebrated on the Friday after Father’s Day.  Are you bringing your dog to work? Over the past few years more and more businesses have embraced the concept of a pet-friendly workplace. Think it’s crazy?…