What is the Best Age to Get a Puppy or Kitten Neutered?

What is the Best Age to Get a Puppy or Kitten Neutered?

Oh – I can just feel the controversy in the air rising! Can you? Okay, let’s just get right into it! We’ll tackle dogs first. From the perspective of how small the incision is to how quickly they bounce back from surgery, 3-4 months of age is a great time for this...
My Dog Licks the Furniture Constantly. What is this About?

My Dog Licks the Furniture Constantly. What is this About?

Oh no! It’s very possible the poor guy has a tummy ache. Maybe his prepared kibble is giving him some acid reflux? But, it could also be a hiatal hernia, which is a weakness of the diaphragm that allows a bubble of stomach to come up into the chest cavity. Humans with...
How to Avoid Atopy Early – Start When Your Dog is a Pup

How to Avoid Atopy Early – Start When Your Dog is a Pup

A colleague made a fascinating correlation: within 3 to 6 weeks of puppies receiving a distemper vaccine, many puppies break out with a rash on their belly. This rash is usually called “puppy pyoderma.” “Pyo ” means pus or infection, “derma” means skin. For many...
What Really is Healthy Looking Stool?

What Really is Healthy Looking Stool?

Caution: This discussion may be a bit graphic for some. Pet food manufacturers spend a lot of their research dollars making sure that dogs and cats have “good” stools after eating their pet food. Certainly, most pet owners examine their pets’ output and use that as...
HELP!  My Older Dog’s Nose is Swollen! What Could It Be?

HELP! My Older Dog’s Nose is Swollen! What Could It Be?

I recently received a SMC email. (That’s a “Save My Canine!” email!) The email indicated that this pet parent had a 9 year old dog with some swelling on the side of his nose. And, of course, like all of us who love our four-legged friends, she was concerned. With good...

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