Itchy ears and shaking heads: Ear infections in dogs

If you are a pet owner , you have likely had experience with ear infections in dogs. It usually starts as head shaking and scratching at the ears. Sometimes discharge may be noted in the ears. Typically the discharge can either be black discharge, or in severe cases pus may be noted in the ears. The … Read more

Green Lipped Mussel for Dogs: An Alternative for Pain Management?

Pain. It is something we hate to see in our dogs. Unfortunately, it can be one of the most common ailments in  pets especially as they get older.  A common reason for this is arthritis in the joints. In larger breed dogs, the hip joints are the most commonly affected. Common signs that are seen … Read more

Pet Health Advice on the Internet: A dangerous combination?

  As a veterinarian when I hear the words pet health advice on the internet I often cringe on what could come next. What is interesting is that many of my clients who admit to searching the internet for pet health advice understand it is not always  the best place for it. This is made evident … Read more

The difference between cats and dogs: A veterinary medicine perspective

Whether you are a cat or a dog lover, you probably know of the stereotypes associated with both species. Some consider cats to be extremely independent but not as affectionate when compared to their canine counterpart. While dogs are considered loyal but not as intelligent as their feline friends. While these characteristics can be easily … Read more

ScoopFree Automatic Litter Box Review: The Savior for Regular Litter Box Maintenance

This question is for all cat owners.  If asked to raise your hands if you don’t enjoy cleaning your cat’s litter box, how many of you would raise them? I am sure most of you would. I know as a cat owner I certainly would have both hands raised high. This hatred for cleaning my cat’s … Read more

10 years a Veterinarian: A lifelong learning experience

Ten years ago this month, I was walking across the stage accepting my  veterinary diploma after successfully completing an arduous course of study in veterinary medicine. This was one of my happiest moments in my lifetime. I worked so hard  for my veterinary degree and was successful. Now here I am ten years later reflecting on that … Read more

Why is my dog limping?

  Limping in dogs is probably one of the most common symptoms seen in veterinary medicine. Dogs of all ages can experience this symptom for various reasons. What are common reasons for limping? When is this symptom serious enough to require a veterinary visit? What are ways to diagnose the cause of limping? These are … Read more