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CBD for Pets: A Budding Medication

We use a wide variety of medications in veterinary medicine. Many of them overlap with human medicine but are prescribed at different dosages and for different conditions. In the last few years, CBD has made its way into veterinary medicine. While it has its uses, it’s a bit like grain-free diets: overused and potentially dangerous. To be safe for use …

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High, How Are You? THC Toxicity in Pets

Marijuana, THC, pot, grass, 420…by any other name, it is no friend of pets. Dogs don’t dab, cats don’t chill, and no hot-boxing allowed. Veterinarians and our staff don’t care what your personal choices are; marijuana is legal in many states now, and we don’t judge (much) if your pet swiped some and is showing signs of THC toxicity. Knowing …

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Bringing Up Two Points

Ear cropping is an elective surgery currently implemented in approximately 20 dog breeds, including Dobermans, Great Danes, Boxers, Schnauzers, and many others. This procedure involves the surgical removal of most or all of the flappy portion of the ear. The surgery may be followed by taping to train the ear cartilage into the desired position. Historically, the surgery was implemented …

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Going for the Golden Years: Helping Your Pet Age Well

Pets, just like the rest of us, inevitably age. As much as we would like to, even vets can’t fight the aging process. However, we can share a few tips to help you add quantity and — more importantly — quality to your pet’s golden years. Quality nutrition, exercise, maintaining a healthy weight, and regular checkups with your vet are …

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A Sticky Situation

It may be a difficult point to continue hammering home for your pup, but sticks do your dogs no favors. During the spring, summer, and fall, I see 1-2 dogs weekly who have accidentally impaled themselves while playing with sticks. We get the occasional stick foreign body in the external skin or intestines. They also get stuck between teeth causing …

dog eating grass

Not Always Greener: Why Do Dogs Eat Grass?

Why do dogs eat grass? A question vets get every day with no definitive answer. There are many theories on why your dog may be going green, including instinct, dietary deficiencies, boredom, and underlying illness. Regardless of the cause, eating grass can have serious and potentially dangerous consequences for your dog and should be discouraged. Bottom line: don’t let your …

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E-Collars: Short Range Shame

A cone or E-collar is one of the most benign-looking torture devices we vets like to inflict on pet parents and their furry friends. Veterinarians have invented many different types of these torture devices: calming collars, bite-nots, donuts, soft collars — all to add puppy-shaming to the fun as well. We use the excuse of safety, but secretly it’s just …

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A Final Goodbye: Knowing When “It’s Time”

How do you say goodbye? Or maybe more aptly, when? Having to decide when it’s time to say goodbye to your pet is the single most difficult decision any pet owner will ever have to make. The truth is that there is no easy answer, and there is no answer that fits every pet. We all hope that they will …

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Prepare to Dock

There are very few breeds that are born with docked tails. If a puppy is to have its tail docked, similar to dew claws, they are usually removed within the first 5 days of life. In the case of unforeseen circumstances, like illness or injury, a tail may require an amputation surgery later on. The most common reason for docking …

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Dew or Don’t? Considerations for Removing Dew Claws

Dew claws used to be a forgone conclusion; breeders removed them within the first few days after birth, and you never knew what you were missing. Dew claws that made it through the initial round of removal were commonly removed as young puppies either during or prior to the spay/neuter. The procedure was done to prevent trauma to the dew …