Nail Trims: Do Pets Really Need Them?

Why do pets need nail trims? A solid pet-grooming schedule includes more than just bathing and brushing your pet. To protect both the owner and animal, nails/claws should be clipped regularly. Trimmed nails are a clear sign of your pet’s health and hygiene. How Often Should I Clip My Pet’s Nails? Animal claws naturally wear […]

Why Do Microchips Matter?


What is a Microchip? Microchips are small chips implanted underneath a pet’s skin to provide unique and reliable identification. To implant it, a needle is used to place a little chip under the animal’s skin, usually between the shoulder blades. That chip has a unique number on it that can be picked up and read […]

Anal Gland Expression: Everything You Need to Know

What is it? Anal glands serve an important function in the social strata of canines. Also referred to as anal sacs, these scent glands are located on either side of a dog’s anus and release an oily substance that, to humans, has an unpleasant fishy smell. For dogs, however, it’s so much more. When dogs […]

Fecal Exams: Everything You Need to Know

What is it? Fecal exams are used to determine if your dog or cat has intestinal parasites such as hookworms or roundworms. Parasites not only make pets uncomfortable and irritable, but they could also lead to more serious conditions for your pet or even be transmitted to family members. How do dogs and cats get […]

Heartworm Disease: The Ultimate Guide

All pet owners have heard of heartworms, but you may not know the nitty gritty behind these nasty critters. In this blog, you’ll find out what heartworm disease is, how pets can get it, what happens to pets that are heartworm positive, and how to prevent heartworm disease. What is it? Heartworm disease is a […]

The DAPPV Vaccine: Things to Know

What is it? The DAPPV vaccine is an extremely effective way to protect your dog against five highly contagious and life-threatening canine diseases: canine distemper (that’s the D part of the vaccine name), adenovirus and hepatitis (both represented by the A since hepatitis is an adenovirus), parainfluenza (the first P), and parvovirus (the PV at […]

Why Does My Pet Need an Exam?

During a routine wellness exam, your veterinarian will ask you questions about your dog or cat’s behavior, eating and elimination habits and make sure any issues are addressed. Your veterinarian will also perform a physical examination of your dog or cat. Based on your pet’s history and physical examination, your veterinarian will then make recommendations […]

Lyme Disease: Things to Know to Protect Your Dog

What is it? Lyme disease, also known as Lyme borreliosis, is a bacterial illness that can be transmitted to dogs by certain species of ticks. It is caused by the spiral-shaped bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi that is carried inside a tick and gets into a dog’s bloodstream through a tick bite. How do dogs get lyme […]

Canine Influenza: The Complete Guide

What is it? Canine influenza (also known as dog flu) is a contagious respiratory disease in dogs caused by specific Type A influenza viruses known to infect dogs. These are called “canine influenza viruses.” No human infections with canine influenza have ever been reported. There are two different influenza A dog flu viruses: one is […]

Leptospirosis: Everything You Need to Know

Dog getting lepto vaccine

What is it? Leptospirosis is an infectious disease caused by a type of bacteria called Leptospira. How do dogs get Leptospirosis? Most dogs are infected by direct contact with urine from an infected animal. Others are infected by contact with water or soil contaminated with infected urine. Leptospira can penetrate the soft lining of the […]