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Unwanted Pet

Pet overpopulation is a very large problem in this country. Our shelters are full and the only way to make room for new arrivals is to adopt the current residents or euthanize them. We have too many unwanted pets and the problem is only getting worse. Each year...

Are You Coming Home Soon?

Growing up we all had that moment of fear when our parents dropped us off at camp, school or daycare. Will they coming back to get me? Will I have to stay here forever? This is called separation anxiety. Our pets can have this fear also. Our pets don’t ask the same...

Our Pets and Georgia Summers

Georgia summers are a time to get outdoors, swim, cook-out and enjoy time with family and friends. Summer is also a time of intense heat. As the temperature rises there are a couple of unique dangers for our pets. Our pets, especially our dogs, love to take walks with...

Pet Disaster Plan

Weather can be very crazy and unpredictable. Living in Georgia, we have to contend with tornadoes, flooding, ice storms, and even the occasional hurricane. This means we need to be prepared throughout the year for several types of weather emergencies. This also means...

Veterinarian Education

“My child wants to become a veterinarian. How long did you have to go to school?” Veterinarians get this question at least once a week. To answer the question, you will go to school just as long as human doctors. Schooling to become a veterinarian is very similar to...

The Problem That Just Won’t Go Away

Everyone has heard about rabies. We know about it from a neighbor that had a rabid animal in their yard or from the classic movie, Ol’ Yeller. This virus has been around since ancient times and continues to be a problem. We need to be aware of this problem today as...

Hey Doc, Fluffy’s Itching

Everyone itches. Most of the time, we do not realize that we are even scratching. However, it can sometimes become excessive and can be a sign of an underlying problem. This is no different in animals. Pruritus, commonly known as itching, can be caused by parasites,...

Those Pesky Worms

So, it’s time for your pet’s yearly checkup. The veterinarian will be giving the yearly shots, performing an examination, and examining your pet’s stool? Why do we look at an animal’s feces? Our household pets have the ability to harbor worms and parasites in their...

February Is Pet Dental Month

Does Fido’s kiss make you think of a fish market? Scared to have Fluffy near your nose? If so, your pet may have bad teeth. Pets need regular dental check-ups just like us. February is pet dental month, so I thought we would talk a little about oral health. Dental...

New Year Resolutions

Well, we have reached 2016. It is time for resolutions and commitments. We have decided to exercise more, quit smoking, or become a better person. I hope all these things come true, but what about resolutions for our pets. Can we resolve to make them healthier? Of...

Hidden Christmas Dangers

Carols are on the radio, and everyone is getting ready for Christmas day. We have wrapped the gifts and trimmed the Christmas tree. During all of these preparations and festivities, we need to be aware that there are hidden dangers for our pets. The beloved symbol of...

Geriatric Cat

Most of us have that older cat that lives in the house, eats our food, and takes over the easy chair. We take them for regular check-ups but now our veterinarian is talking about blood work more and more. Why are they doing this and is it necessary? Our older cats are...

Pet Allergies

Spring in Georgia involves azaleas and Bradford pear trees blooming, vibrant colors, and POLLEN! It has become a common site to see the yellow cloud floating through the air and covering our cars. We suffer through the allergy season with a stuffy nose, but what about...

Parvo Virus Enteritis

Parvo is a term we throw around when talking about dogs, especially when they are puppies. However, when I ask people if they know what it is, many times they will answer, “No.” So why does your veterinarian give your puppy and adult dog a parvo shot? Simply put, the...