Hives and swelling in a dog may look very dangerous, but can often be treated with an antihistamine and will often improve in a few hours and resolve in 24 hours.
If a dog is painful, has severe pain or swelling, or has trouble breathing, seek veterinary assistance.
This video shows moderate ...Read More
Did you know dogs can have attacks of hay fever?
Their eyelids and the membranes of their eyes will get very red and swollen.
Their eyes will tear and they can have a clear or mild mucous discharge.
Their eyes are irritated, but open, and their corneas are clear, not cloudy.
You can try home remedies like Benadryl twice daily and an aspiri...Read More
I blogged about flea control products for cats just the other day and just this week we learned about a new product for cats. Assurity topical flea control contains the organic chemical spinosad. I loved the story about how the chemical was discovered. The active ingredient is derived from a naturally occurring soil dwel...Read More
Scabies isn’t real common in my area. There are two types of mange mites in puppies, and this is the itchiest type. Demodex or puppy mange commonly causes patches of hair loss around the eyes and on the body, but isn’t real itchy. Sarcoptic mange or scabies commonly starts on the ears, elbows, and belly...Read More
Fleas may attack some cats more than others. The skin of some cats is better at repelling fleas and ticks than others. Some cats will itch and lose hair with only a flea or two. Others may carry some fleas around without symptoms. Some cats will get ear mites…others won’t. The cats that end up carrying fleas aren’t stingy and ...Read More
Thought it may be a good time to go over the most common heart problem in dogs
The heart is a pump that works 24/7 to keep blood and fluids traveling through the body. It is a muscular organ with compartments and valves that direct blood flow through the heart and lungs. The valves open to let blood get pushed through, then close to let t...Read More
This is a video of a common procedure that veterinarians use to treat ear hematomas. It is a bit bloody, so if you are squeamish, it is best to avoid watching it. Ear infections are one of the most common ailments of dogs and can lead to hematomas and chronically red itchy ears. In the video I talk about some of the causes of ear infection...Read More
I looked up the definition of Valentine’s Day in Wikipedia.“Saint Valentine's Day, commonly shortened to Valentine's Day, is an annual commemoration held on February 14 celebrating love and affection between intimate companions. The characteristics of an intimate relationship include an en...Read More
You ever wonder when the first dog appeared in North America? Recent fossil evidence was found proving that 9000 years in Texas, Native Americans had dogs living with them in their village. Genetic studies determined that the piece of bone found was from a domesticated dog; not from a coyote, wolf, or fox. These transitional early...Read More
Dogs and cats are not the only visitors to our vet practice. Two weeks ago this baby lamb came in from the local high school farm with a broken leg. I help the teacher/advisor, Heather Nolan, with some occasional lectures and advice or treatment of the school farm animals. I think that the class helps kids understand more about the care and feed...Read More
These three types of pet food share many of the same qualities.
Raw foods contain fresh refrigerated ground uncooked meat, bone, and organs and sometimes fruit and veggies
Holistic foods contain cooked human grade meat, rice, veggies,fruit, and natural preservatives.
Homemade foods contain fresh cooked human grade meat, rice, and ve...Read More
When our dog, Reggie, hears the “click” of the television off button, he almost gets a whiplash from whipping his head around. He knows that the “potty”, nummie, nightie-nightie sequence is underway.
The click initiates a bee-line for the sliding glass door. Once out,...Read More
I used to recommend veterinary diets and certain brands of dog or cat food. Cats are way too finicky to put people through that much trauma. Some cats seem to decide what they want to eat on a daily basis. They may even decide that a food they have been eating is no longer satisfactory. Some cats love dry food and others love canned food. Depend...Read More
Many cats are obese or overweight. Diabetic cats are much more common than in years past. The incidence of obesity and diabetes in humans has also skyrocketed in recent years. What is the common denominator we share? In other words, what activity or food do cats and people share to both be affected by similar medical conditions?
Many of our adorable housedogs just aren’t very busy. We should be so lucky to have their schedule! They get up to see us off to work, and then spend most of the day relaxing and dozing until we return in the evening. Most dogs really know how to get comfy on the couch, dog bed, human bed, or doggie blankies. That kind of inactive life s...Read More
I was zoology major before I entered veterinary school. Zoology is not the study of zoo animals, but the study of their adaptations to the environment in which they live. For example we studied the bone and muscle structure of diggers, runners, and flyers to see what design or evolutionary changes helped the animal perform their tasks and ensure...Read More
A hotspot is a wet, painful, hairless wound that your dog just will not leave alone.
Hotpots occur around the butt, ears, and shoulders of allergic dogs.
They will rapidly increase in size and often need immediate treatment.
A cone placed around the neck will prevent chewing and scratching to make the wound worse.
Aspirin (1 adult as...Read More
Getting a new puppy is easy. They can be purchased at pet stores or in front of supermarkets, brought to you by friends, or found wandering around your neighborhood. What things should you consider in choosing a new dog?
The right personality and temperament are the most important considerations in choosing a pet. Calm, even tempered, indep...Read More
Lonna and I have been married thirty-three years and have owned 8 dogs and 8 cats. Throughout my life I have always appreciated their love and company. Seems like the older we get the more attached we become to our pets.
Gilroy Vet used to be a mixed practice. On any gi...Read More
Many people don’t realize that a mutt or a cross breeds may often be healthier than popular purebred dogs.
I saw my first Morkie the other day. A Morkie is a cross of a Yorkie and a Maltese. The resulting cross may look a bit li...Read More