A New Way to Convert Dog Years to Human Years

For many years, the rule of thumb was for every dog year the human equivalent was 7 years. This seven to one ratio was established in the middle of the 20th century. Though not entirely clear how this seven to one rule formula was established, it may be due in part because at that time, […]

A Dying Veteran’s Last Wish

A dying veteran’s last wish was for one final goodbye with his beloved dog, Patch. John Vincent, a former marine who fought in Vietnam, entered hospice earlier this month. Before doing so, he surrendered Patch to the local animal shelter. This decision was made because Mr. Vincent has no family living near him. When a […]

Risk of Leptospirosis Increasing Due to Flooding

The risk of leptospirosis is increasing due to flooding. Higher than normal spring rains are also a factor. Leptospirosis is a bacterial disease that can cause serious illness in dogs, other animals and people. It is caused by bacteria called leptospires which live in water and wet soil. Leptospirosis causes flu-like symptoms and can progress […]

Dog Walking Made Simple

Dogs make our lives happier and healthier. They also help us connect to others in our communities and neighborhoods. Getting outside to take a walk with your dog is not only great exercise, it provides an opportunity to meet people. By following some simple rules of etiquette, you and your dog will be appreciated by […]

Health Issues of Older Pets

As your pets get older, he may face certain health issues. Much like your own, every stage of your pet’s life has its rewards and challenges. These challenges may include hearing or vision loss, arthritis, cancer, cognitive disease, kidney disease, heart disease, hypothyroidism and periodontal disease. Hearing loss is common in older dogs. The most […]

Common Myths About Dog and Cat Behavior: Part 1

Common myths exist about dog and cat behavior. Pet behavior often delights and amuses pet owners. Some pet behavior is perplexing. A number of wives tales exist about how pets should behave. Misinterpreting pet behavior is fairly common. How do we determine what is true and false? A veterinarian is taught to critically evaluate information. […]