We know our veterinarians spent years at school learning to care for animals, and then went into business to care for them every day. We can assume they are animal lovers through and through. So, it may come also as no surprise that some vets, like our Dr. Merri Walden, have a lot of pets at home. Dr. Merri, in fact, has dogs, cats, horses and even a goat – and that’s just at one of her family houses.
We know that many people are in summer countdown mode, looking forward to their summer vacation plans. But as you plan out your itinerary and start your packing list, remember one important plan to make now: make sure your pets are cared for while you’re away.
Is your dog blinking often? Does your dog have red eyes, or swollen tissue around the eye? Have you seen thick discharge from the eyes, or hair matting around the eyes from discharge? If you said yes to any of this, your dog may be dealing with dry eye syndrome, formally known as keratoconjunctivitis sicca (or KCS).
If you’ve just learned your pet needs surgery – whether it’s for a routine spay or neuter, or a more complicated case – it can be a stressful time for you and your dog or cat. During this time, it’s very important to follow all of your veterinarian’s instructions to ensure the surgery is successful and healing goes smoothly. This blog outlines what to expect before, the day of, and after surgery to help you plan for the event.
Dog owners seem to always talk about breeds. They may always describe their dog by breed (“my Golden Retriever Sampson”) or talk about breeders like beloved stores (“the best Jack Russell breeder in South Carolina”). Breed names also offer a terminology for even non-pet-owners to help describe a dog’s appearance: “he has a Bulldog-like face” or “she has legs like a Greyhound.” But does that work for cat owners as well? Are there cat breed traits like dogs?