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It's Just Plain Hot Out!

Jun 13, 2017

 
 
Paper Trained
by
Scott Sandeman, D.V.M.
 
The danger of leaving a child or a pet in an unattended car should be obvious to us all as summer temperatures climb into the 80’s and 90’s.  Unfortunately it’s not necessary for these extreme temperatures to arrive to pose a threat that can be life threatening.  Here are some…

Got Milk? You Shouldn't!

May 23, 2017

Paper Trained
by
Scott Sandeman, D.V.M.
 
Q.)  We are feeding our 7 week old toy poodle a mixture of rice cereal, skim milk and puppy food.  Our breeder started her on this but it’s really a mess-can we switch her to puppy food soon?
A.)  Adding infant foods or milk to a puppy’s diet is a common practice among breeders as they attempt…

Powassan Virus

May 18, 2017

 
 
Paper Trained
by
Scott Sandeman, D.V.M
Powassan virus disease (POW) has recently been in the news as a serious threat to people.  This uncommon tick borne viral disease may not cause any symptoms in many people while a few may develop life-threatening symptoms related to encephalitis, severe headaches and evidence of neurological…

It's All Fun and Games until Someone Loses an Eye

May 01, 2017

 
 
Paper Trained
by
Scott Sandeman, D.V.M.
 
Q.)  We just had a trip to the emergency clinic with our 5 year old Jack Russell terrier.  Topper picked a fight with a bigger dog that grabbed him by the throat and head.  Fortunately nothing was punctured and he didn’t bleed to death.  He did have one eye that was literally squeezed…

It's Not a Vacation for Me!

Apr 19, 2017

 
 
Paper Trained
by
Scott Sandeman, D.V.M
 
Q.)  We have a fairly active Brittany spaniel that hates being away from us-she had serious issues with diarrhea over spring break at the boarding facility and we are going to have to leave her again for wedding in June.  The kennel wants us to bring her own food and check with…

Finicky Kitty

Apr 13, 2017

 
 
Paper Trained
by
Scott Sandeman, D.V.M.
 
So the diagnosis for your elderly cat isn’t so bad-in fact your veterinarian was very pleased that a simple change of food may not only improve your friend’s present health but allow Tigger to live longer as well.  Sounds great right up to the “change of food” part right?  Tigger…

Hot Dog or Sick Dog??

Mar 28, 2017

 
 
Paper Trained
by
Scott Sandeman, D.V.M.
 
It can be difficult to determine in pets that cool themselves by panting if heavy breathing is simply an attempt to regulate their body temperature or due to some pathological disease.  This is especially true in older dogs that may multiple issues related to their age that can…

Getting Cats Used to Traveling

Mar 23, 2017

 
 
Paper Trained
by
Scott Sandeman, D.V.M.
 
Q.)  We plan on spending winters in Arizona from now on and would like to get a pet that can travel well.  We used to have a Schnauzer that loved to ride but my wife thinks a cat would be less work.  Do most cats like car rides?  We will be traveling in a RV if that matters.
A.)…

Shots! Shots! Shots!

Feb 23, 2017

 
 
Paper Trained
by
Scott Sandeman, D.V.M.
 
          Q.)  My son lives in another state with his 5-year old, 5-pound Morkie, Apollo. The last time my son took Apollo for his shots, they gave him 4 shots, all in the same leg.  The poor dog couldn't walk for 3 days. 
 Can you tell me what the recommended vaccine…

Itchy Winter Skin

Jan 14, 2017

 
 
Paper Trained
by
Scott Sandeman, D.V.M.
 
Just because the weather outside is frightful, it doesn’t mean the cozy comforts of home can’t contribute to issues with your pet.   In particular, as temperatures drop so do humidity levels that can lead to flaky dry skin.  Here are some tips to solve this dandruff dilemma for…

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