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Each week our doctors answer multitudes of questions. Some of these questions are submitted through our "Ask the Vet" program.
October 3 Lydia asks:
IS IT SAFE TO LET A POT BELLY PIGS EAT CHESTNUTS? See our doctors response
July 23 Bev asks:
DO YOU ACCEPT PET INSURANCE? IS THERE ANY PARTICULAR PET INSURANCE THAT YOU RECOMMEND? See our managers response
March 26 Rebecca asks:
MY CAT IS 17 YEARS OLD AND NOT CLEANING HERSELF VERY WELL, HER FUR IS GETTING MATTED. IS THERE ANYTHING I CAN SPRAY ON HER TO DE-TANGLE HER FUR? See our doctors response
September 13 Chris & Mary asks:
LAST YEAR AT THIS TIME, WE HAD 7 CATS. HOWEVER, WE LOST THREE IN CLOSE SUCCESSION LAST FALL AND THEN, ALMOST TWO WEEKS AGO, WE LOST OUR 15.5 YEAR OLD FEMALE. OUR 10 YEAR OLD CAT NOW CRIES THROUGHOUT THE NIGHT - SOMETHING SHE NEVER DID BEFORE. WHAT SHOULD WE DO? WE BROUGHT HER IN AS A FERAL KITTEN- SHE'S ALWAYS BEEN A LITTLE FEARFUL. WE CALL TO HER AND WE LEAVE THE DOOR OPEN FOR HER, BUT SHE CRIES. HOW CAN WE HELP HER? See our doctors response
August 19 Aly asks:
I AM WANTING TO FEED MY DOGS AN EXCLUSIVELY HOMEMADE FOOD DIET. I UNDERSTAND THE IMPORTANCE OF MAKING SURE ESSENTIAL VITAMINS AND MINERALS ARE INCLUDED IN THEIR DIET TO PREVENT ANY DEFICIENCIES. CAN YOU SHARE A GOOD SUPPLEMENT OR RESOURCE TO HELP MAKE SURE THESE NEEDS ARE MET FOR THE AVERAGE, HEALTHY ADULT DOG? See our doctors response
June 27 Valarie asks:
I HAVE A 6 YEAR OLD AND A 1 YEAR OLD DOG THAT CRIES EVERY TIME I LEAVE FOR WORK. MY LANDLORD TOLD ME THEY CAN'T STAY IN THE DARK AND ARE EMOTIONAL SUPPORT DOGS. IS THERE ANY TRAINING THAT I COULD DO AND DO BARK COLLARDS HURT THEM? See our doctors response
May 11 Charles asks:
I LIKE TO TAKE MY DOG HIKING WITH ME, BUT I HEARD TICKS ARE TERRIBLE THIS YEAR. BESIDES GIVING HIM MEDICATION, IS THERE ANYTHING ELSE YOU RECOMMEND TO PROTECT HIM? I'VE SEEN A TICK ON HIM BEFORE, BUT HE'S A CORGI, SO IT'S DARN NEAR IMPOSSIBLE TO CHECK HIM FOR TICKS. ANY ADVICE YOU HAVE IS GREATLY APPRECIATED. See our doctors response
May 5 Sharon asks:
I HAVE A DOG WITH A NEOPLASIA ON HIS SHOULDER, IT'S PRETTY BIG AND FULL OF BLOOD, HAD ALL KINDS OF TESTS DONE BUT NOT THE CT SCAN, I CAN'T AFFORD TO DO THAT. REMOVAL WAS RECOMMENDED BUT I'M WORRIED THAT HE COULD LOSE A LOT OF BLOOD. IS THIS SOMETHING YOUR FACILITY CAN DO? I HAVE ALL THE RECORDS AND THE LUMP APPEARED IN 2 DAYS, IT'S THE SIZE OF A SOFTBALL. See our doctors response
May 3 Chris & Mary asks:
AFTER DOING A GOOD BIT OF RESEARCH, WE WANT TO MAKE SURE OUR CATS ARE GETTING THE BEST DIET POSSIBLE. WHERE CAN WE GET A 'MEAT ONLY' CANNED FOOD, I.E. WITH NO ADDITIVES, OR SHOULD WE SIMPLY USE HUMAN GRADE MEATS/EGGS? WE ARE CERTAIN THAT AT LEAST ONE OF OUR CATS HAS SENSITIVITIES TO GRAIN. See our doctors response
October 26 Wendy asks:
OUR PUPPY RYLEE IS 3 MONTHS OLD. WHEN SHE GETS EXCITED SHE TENDS TO BITE. IT MAY BE PLAYFUL BUT SHE GOES FOR THE FACE. WE WOULD LIKE TO GET THIS UNDER CONTROL BUT WERE TOLD AT OUR FIRST VISIT NOT TO HIT HER. IS A TAP ON THE BUTT WITH A NEWSPAPER OK? OR OTHER SUGGESTIONS? Click here for our doctors response
October 18 Nikki asks:
I HAVE SEEN RECENT VIDEOS ONLINE SHOWING THAT MILK BONES ARE NOT SAFE FOR MY DOG. IS THIS TRUE? Click here for our doctors response
July 9 Allison asks:
TWO PART QUESTION. MY 98 lb GERMAN SHEPARD LOVES TO LAY ON THE HOT DRIVEWAY. I ALWAYS THINK SHE WILL MOVE TO THE GRASS IF SHE GETS TOO HOT BUT I'M JUST NOT SURE. WHAT ARE SIGNS OF HEAT STROKE IN A PET? Click here for our doctors response
June 27 Sue asks:
THE ZIKA VIRUS HAS BEEN ALL OVER THE NEWS, BUT I WAS WONDERING IF MY DOG IS AT RISK FOR CONTRACTING THIS VIRUS AND THEN POSSIBILITY OF PASSING THIS ON THE THE FAMILY? Click here for our doctors response
April 25 Lydia asks:
April 19th Beth asks:
MY FIANCE IS AT WITS END WITH ONE OF OUR CATS. THEY ARE BROTHERS AND ONLY ONE SLEEPS THE WHOLE NIGHT THROUGH. THE OTHER IS UP PAWING AT THE DOOR TO GET OUT ANYWHERE FROM 45 MIN TO HOURS BEFORE EITHER OF US HAS TO GET UP. I HAVE TRIED DOUBLE SIDED TAPE, NAILS (SHARP SIDE DOWN), AND ALUMINUM FOIL TOO. LAST NIGHT MY FIANCE ALMOST SLEPT IN THE LIVING ROOM. PLEASE HELP AND THANK YOU IN ADVANCE FOR ANY ASSISTANCE. Click here for our doctors response
March 20th Michele asks:
MY CAT HAS IRRITATION UNDER HIS CHIN. A VET SAID IT HAS BASICALLY KITTY DERMATITIS. HE WAS ON ANTIBIOTICS FOR 2 1/2 WEEKS AND AN ANTIHISTAMINE IT LOOKS BETTER BUT IN LOU OF TAKING HIM BACK TO THE TUNE OF ANOTHER 100 + DOLLARS IS THERE A HOME REMEDY THAT CAN BE TRIED? Click here for our doctors response
March 10th Steph asks:
MY 2 YEAR OLD MALE BICHON IS VERY ANXIOUS BUT PARTICULARLY BAD WHEN WE LEAVE THE HOUSE. HE GROWLS AND CHASES HIS TAIL – SOMETIMES BITING IT AND ACTUALLY BLEEDING. HOW CAN WE HELP HIM? Click here for our doctors response
March 1st Joan asks:
OUR 2 YEAR OLD TUXEDO CAT HAS STARTED TO SHOW DANDRUFF. SHE EXHIBITS NO OTHER CHANGES. HOW COULD WE TREAT THIS? Click here for our doctors response
February 25th Linda asks:
MY COLLIE HAS DEVELOPED A SNOTTY NOSE AND HAS BEEN ON ANTIBIOTICS, AND RECEIVED NEGATIVE CULTURES, BUT STILL HAS SNOT THAT HANGS FROM HER NOSE. I HAVE HER SNEEZING ON COMMAND TO GET IT ALL OUT. WHAT WOULD BE THE ANSWER FOR THIS? Click here for our doctors response
February 22nd Shari asks:
HOW DO WE GET OUR DOG TO STOP CHEWING UP OUR TODDLER’S TOYS AND RUNNING AWAY? Click here for our doctors response
February 12th Robin asks:
IF A CAT HAS WORMS (THINKING TAPEWORMS) IS IT POSSIBLE FOR A DOG TO GET IT FROM THE CAT? Click here for our doctors response.
February 12th Robin asks:
IS IT BAD FOR A PREGNANT WOMAN TO BE AROUND THE CAT? Click here for our doctors response.
February 10th Susan asks:
MY DOG IS LOSING HIS EYESIGHT. WHAT CAUSES THIS AND IS THERE TREATMENT?
Click here for our doctors response.
PREVIOUS QUESTIONS: 2016
December 2 - Canine Socialization
November 25 - Dogs leaking urine
November 18 - Hazards with peanut butter / xylitol
November 4 - Hip dysplasia
October 28 - Locating a dog breeder
October 21 - Cats with blue eyes
October 14 - Dogs with blue eyes
October 7 - Inappropriate urination
October 1 - Parvovirus
September 22 - Allergic to my cat suggestions
September 14 - Do dogs sweat
September 7 - Safe Activity with your Dog
August 31 - Intestinal Parasites
August 24 - Catnip Craze
August 17 - Smush Face Dogs and Breathing Problems
August 10 - Cat Age in Human Years
August 3 - Pet Sunscreen
July 20 - Bengal Cats and Feline Leukemia
July 13 - Heat Stroke in Pets
July 6 - Dog Heart Murmur
June 22 - Pet Travel
June 15 - Glowing Cat Eyes
June 8 - Feline Pheromones
June 1 - Pet Seizures
May 25 - Cat Weight Loss
May 18 - Swollen Eye
May12 - Pregnancy Emergencies
April 28 - Canine Influenza
April 14 - Rabbit Spay
April 4 - Open House
March 31 - Chocolate Toxicity
March 24 - Winter Hazards
March 17 - Skin Tumors
March 10 - Why Dogs Eat Their Feces
March 3 - Cold Weather Dangers
February 24 - All About Catnip
February 10 - Dog Ear Infections
February 3 - Rabbit Teeth Trimming
January 13 - Feline Vomiting
November 17 - Rabbit Care
November 1 - Peeing Outside Litterbox
October 18 - Mast Cell Tumors
October 4 - Bad Breath
September 20 - Senior Health
September 6 - Feline Nutrition
August 16 - Osteoarthritis
August 2 - Lumps
July 19 - Allergies
July 5 - Grass Eating
June 21 - Shave Down
June 7- Swimming Pools
May 2 - Feline Nutrition
April 21 - Allergies
March 16 - Training Your Pet
March 2 - Bone Cancer
February 23 - Ice Melt
February 16 - Lipoma
February 9 - Intestinal Blockages
February 2 - Microchip
December 20 - How to Detect Pain in Cats
December 12 - Is there a safe way to pet proof my house for Christmas?
December 5 - Do you have special cat appointments?
November 13 - Why is my dog eating poop?
November 4 - Laser Therapy
October 28 - Vomiting and Diarrhea
October 28 - Vaccines
October 8 - Why is my dog licking the carpet?
October 6 - Increased Drinking and Urination
October 6 - What should I look for when purchasing pet food?
October 4 - Bland Food
September 23 - Toxoplasmosis
September 11 - Feline Upper Respiratory Infections
September 4 - April's Questions
August 23 - Help! My pet has fleas!
August 16 - "Trick Knee" in Dogs
August 9 - Humane Euthanasia
August 2 - What kind of dog food should I buy?
July 22 - Should I travel with my pet this summer?
July 15 - Parvovirus Description and Prevention
July 7 - What is Pyometra?
July 1 - Preventing Parvovirus in Dogs
June 24 - How can my indoor cat be stressed?
June 12 - Why does my dog shed?
June 3 - Common Household Toxins
May 24 - Controlling Shedding
May 17 - Whipworms
May 6 - Avian Care
April 24 - Cat Hospital
April 8 - Indoor Kitty
April 1 - Cold Weather Proof
February 20 - Why should I spa or neuter my pet?
February 6 - Dental Care
January 30 - What is IVDD?
January 16 - Top 5 reasons to spay your female dog.
January 9 - What is feline hyperthyroidism?
January 2 - Plant Toxicities
December 26 - Is there a safe way to pet proof my house for Christmas?
December 19 - Why does my pet eat his own feces?
December 12 - Pet Meals on Wheels
December 5 - Feline Asthma
November 26 - What is collapsing trachea?
August 18 - What is Hemangeosarcoma?
August 11 - Feline Idiopathic Cystitis
July 27 - Why is my cat peeing in the corner?
July 13 - What is canine distemper virus?