Ticks are common parasites that may be found on dogs throughout the United States. Despite their small size, ticks can carry dangerous diseases, so it is important to detect and remove them in a timely manner. Read on to learn more about ticks, their associated diseases, and most importantly for you and your pet: how […]
Ask the Vet
This section features answers from our veterinarians to reader submitted questions about their pets.
Ask the Vet: Mailbag Edition
In this post, we’ll be continuously updating and adding in questions we’ve gotten from readers, answered by Dr. Jennifer Coates, DVM. If you have a question, drop us a line at email@example.com and we may feature it here in the mailbag! Question Hi, Can you provide tips on the best cat food bowls for messy […]
Ask the Vet: Why is My Dog Pooping Blood?
Pet owners are often alarmed by seeing blood in their dog’s stool, and for good reason. While there are multiple potential causes of bloody stool in dogs (some more serious than others), this is never normal, even if only a small amount of blood is noted. While some causes of blood in the stool are […]
Why Does My Cat’s Meow Sound Weak and Raspy?
Cats speak volumes through both body language and vocalization. Some breeds are loquacious, such as the Siamese, while others are more spare with words. More than 21 distinct types of vocalizations have been identified in the domestic cat, expressing the range from fear to contentment. So when your gregarious little greeter gives you a weak welcome, […]
How Do I Treat Cherry Eye in My Dog?
Did you know that your dog, and many other mammals, have a third eyelid? The third eyelid, also known more formally as the nictitating membrane, is essential for production of the tear film and protection of the eye. This small triangular structure can be seen in the inner corner of your dog’s eyelid, especially if […]
Why Is My Dog’s Face Swollen?
Dogs make wonderful companions and indeed are “man’s best friend.” Surveys have found that 6.4 million homes in the United States have dogs as pets, and there are close to 90 million dogs in the country. Most people feel that their dogs are part of the family. Dogs have moved from backyard pets into our […]
What Can I Give My Dog for Pain?
Dogs play an essential role in our families, whether they motivate us to get out for walks, provide companionship and support, or make us laugh with their crazy antics. But what should you do when your bundle of energy loses their spark? As a veterinarian, I’m often asked what causes pain in dogs, how to […]
What Are These Crusty Scabs on My Dog’s Back?
Scabbing of the skin in dogs is a common issue with many potential causes. Scabs may be a few millimeters to inches in size, appear hard and red or yellow and crusty, and may be associated with reddened skin, hair loss, pus, or an unpleasant smell. Dogs with scabs are often excessively itchy. Read on […]
6 Things to Know if There’s Blood In Your Cat’s Stool
If you find blood in your cat’s stool, a veterinary visit is in order. There are numerous causes, some are serious, some are minor. Either way, a veterinary appointment and thorough physical examination are essential if you observe blood in your cat’s stool. 1. Know What Is Normal Dyschezia, meaning painful or difficult defecation, may […]