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Pets: More forgiving than their owners?

As I write this article, I look forward to seeing the movie “Dolittle”.  The trailer looks great and I hope it delivers.  Another great movie that deserves your time is “A Dog’s Purpose” – a tale about the role that dogs can have in the lives of their owners.  But much as we love our [...]

Winter time: The good, the bad and the ugly

We are now in the middle of winter and the holidays festivals that were warming our spirts are over and now the cold and snow is the only thing left for the next 2-4 months (remember April 2018?).  Yes, welcome to Wisconsin!  Our pets like it or love it, puppies are fascinated by the snow [...]

Learning to walk into a healthy life

After “Starting off on the right paw”, it is time to start to establish the puppy or kitten’s own immune response to the infections they will be exposed to during their life. This means vaccinations at set intervals established by the manufacturers approvedby the USDA (the federal regulator of vaccines). Except for some certain special [...]

Probiotics: More is Better

One of the most troublesome and common problems we see our patients for is diarrhea. Owners want a quick resolution to the mess. Don’t be surprised if we ask a lot of questions to get the scoop on the poop.  Your answers help give us more clues as to the cause. Don’t forget to bring [...]

Starting off on the right paw

Usually delivery of new puppies and kittens is natural and uneventful but being aware of a few things may help. During delivery (called parturition), the puppies or kittens should present one at a time occasionally interchanged with placentas’. It is important that the bitch (dog) or queen (cat) clean the newborns and begin nursing the [...]

Keeping Those Pearly Whites Clean After Dentals

Imagine you just spent $400-1,000 on your pet’s dental prophylaxis and now their oral health is perfect. The teeth are free of tarter and the breath is fresh. So, how do you keep it this way and prevent needing a dental again next year? Of course, brushing their teeth two to three times a week [...]

When to Say Goodbye

Knowing when to say goodbye to our furry family members is a tough question to answer.  However, with the support and guidance of your veterinary professionals, this decision can be made a little easier. Euthanasia is an unfortunate experience that many pet owners will encounter.  Veterinary staff are trained to help guide owners to make [...]

GRASS: To Eat or Not to Eat

Have you ever wondered if your canine companion is actually a goat? Mine can be, especially in the spring and early summer. The reason is he likes to munch on grass when we go for walks after our cold winters. I am constantly saying, “Allin, stop eating grass- you’re not a goat!” When your dog [...]

The Mystery of Seizures

Many dogs, young and old, develop seizures, involuntary paroxysmal disturbance in the function of the nervous system.  More simply, a wave of electrical discharge that starts in the brain and continues down the spinal cord resulting in a convulsion. The type of seizure depends on which area(s) of the brain the wave starts in. Most [...]

Florida Greyhounds Need You

Attention all dog lovers: Florida racing greyhounds are retiring and looking for new homes. In 2018, voters in Florida decided to end all greyhound racing by 2020 which means greyhounds from eleven tracks will need new, loving homes in the coming months. Greyhounds are one of the fastest land mammals in the world. It takes [...]

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