Thursday, March 21, 2013


1 in 3 pets will become lost during their lifetime.

According to the American Humane association, only about 15% of lost dogs
and 2% of lost cats ever find their way back home!
Having a simple microchip implanted under your pet's skin can mean the difference between being reunited with your lost or stolen pet, or never seeing them again.
We highly recommend all pets be microchipped.

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Zoonotic Diseases

Zoonotic diseases are contagious diseases that can be transmitted between animals and humans.  These diseases are caused by bacteria, viruses, parasites, and fungi.  Examples include rabies, intestinal parasites, (roundworm, hookworm) leptospirosis, cat scratch disease, ringworm, mange, and salmonella.
Keeping your pets on preventive medication year round is not only the best way to protect them from parasite infections, it also is the best way to protect people.  Keep all vaccinations current, and clean up pet feces immediately and practice good personal hygiene.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Spring time is allergy time.....YUCK

Canine Atopic Dermatitis also known as "atopy" is a common itchy skin allergy in dogs caused by a disorder of the dog's immune system..  It is an allergy to substances in the environment that are inhaled by the dog.  These substances are called allergens and cause the immune system to over re-act and release histamines.

Some of the more common allergens are:
    House dust mite
    Tree pollen
    Mold Spores

The main symptom is excessive itching of the paws, face, groin, armpits and ears.  Dogs will often chew their feet or rub their faces on the carpet or furniture.  Owners may notice their dog licking, chewing and grooming for long periods of time.
The symptoms may be seasonal at first, for example the dog may be allergic to a pollen from a tree that only flowers for three weeks of the year, however as the atopic dog gets older the itchiness may occur year round. 
What is the treatment for Atopy?  Is there a cure for Atopy?
At present there is no cure for atopy in dogs but a degree of control can be achieved in some cases.  Often it is not one single treatment that is effective but a combination of two, three or more different treatments.