Is $259 a Year Really Enough Money?

Is $259 a Year Really Enough Money?

According to a recent article, pet food spending is at an all time high. The average annual dog food expense is $259. The average for cats is $225 each year. Plus $127 and $58 a year on dog on cat treats, respectively. Quite a few factors go into this number –...
Pet “Health” – Backwards

Pet “Health” – Backwards

I’m going to write this post backwards. First, I’ll list a bunch of symptoms (called clinical signs in animals) and have you go through the list. Tell yourself how many of these clinical signs you have experienced. With your pets, of course. Think of the different...
Business must be good-veterinarians are shaming their clients

Business must be good-veterinarians are shaming their clients

Remember the days of cat and dog shaming? Really cute pictures on the Internet with signs where the pet was admitting to silly things like destroying the trash? The ante has been upped! Now, when pet owners go to a veterinarian, if the veterinarian doesn’t agree with...
The Common, but Unexpected, Cause of Ear Infections

The Common, but Unexpected, Cause of Ear Infections

Ear infections are common in both cats and dogs. And they are painful! Affected dogs and cats will often rub their head, whimper, hold their head sideways, and flinch when touched. The ear can be hot, swollen, smelly, and sometimes have a discharge. Occasionally, pets...
Pets are Dying

Pets are Dying

Dogs and cats are dying from nutrition related diseases. And it’s insidious. It’s not obvious at all. (Of course, humans are also dying from dietary related diseases but I’m a veterinarian so let’s talk about the species I know best: our pets, dogs and cats. Even...
Is Fatty Diet Really to Blame for Pancreatitis?

Is Fatty Diet Really to Blame for Pancreatitis?

It’s fairly standard practice that if a dog or cat is diagnosed with pancreatitis that the owner is told the pet should eat a low fat diet for the rest of its life. The implication then is that high fat diets cause pancreatitis. Interestingly, high performance dogs,...

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