March 26, 2018

For a long time, steroids such as prednisone have been the norm in veterinary medicine for treating allergies. Steroids are affordable, pack a punch, and get allergies under control fast. Unfortunately, they also tend to come with a whole bunch of side effects, especia...

March 22, 2018

When prescribing medications, I always try to talk about possible side effects, since this helps pet owners watch out for possible issues. Most side effects are minor, such as an upset stomach, while others can be screened for with bloodwork.

Sometimes, however, just th...

March 12, 2018

You hear that? Is that a rattle? Well, maybe not just yet, but as average temperatures rise in southern Nevada, rattlesnakes will soon be out for hunting and sunbathing. Rattlesnakes are most active in the spring and fall when temperatures reach 70 to 90 degrees, parti...

January 20, 2018

Dogs with diabetes have high blood sugar (glucose) because they can’t produce their own insulin. This means that your dog is “insulin dependent” and will need insulin injections twice a day, every day, for the rest of his or her life.

Managing diabetes is not a small un...

January 12, 2018

Bad teeth cause more than stinky breath. Dental disease in dogs also causes a lot of pain. Just like people, dogs have sensitive nerves in their teeth that become painful when inflamed. Ask anybody who’s ever had a toothache - it hurts!

While brushing with veterinary to...

January 10, 2018

One of the benefits of living in the desert is that we have far, far fewer problems with fleas and ticks than most areas of the United States. While fleas might occasionally be picked up in damp basements, and ticks may be found around Mt. Charleston, these little crit...

January 6, 2018

Since recreational marijuana was recently legalized in Nevada, I have heard more questions about using medical marijuana for pets. A quick Google search will return numerous stories about pets benefiting from marijuana and related components when used to treat pain, na...

January 6, 2018

Are you hitting the treadmill for your New Year’s resolution? Trying to shed a few extra pounds? Well there’s a good chance that your pet could benefit from the same goal in 2018.

Approximately 59% of cats and 54% of dogs are overweight in the United States, according t...

January 2, 2018

While it may not come as a surprise to most residents in the Las Vegas area, coyotes can be a real risk to your pets. And now, after a long dry period, the risks are higher, even if you don’t live at the edge of the desert.

As the dry spell grows longer and water source...

December 21, 2017

Getting yanked down the street by your excited hound on a leash is not a fun way to go for a walk. Besides the annoyance, big dogs can put people at risk of shoulder injuries or bad falls.

At the root of this issue is the need for further training, but it’s best to set...

December 21, 2017

How can you resist that cute face? Dogs and cats have incredible internal clocks, with alarms set for mealtime. As breakfast or dinner approaches, you may find yourself walking around the house with a furry shadow; one that paws or meows until you start scooping the fo...

December 18, 2017

It’s easy to spoil our pets during the holiday season. After all, why should they miss out on all the good cheer? Some people think the best gifts for dogs are holiday leftovers. But before you scrape that last bit of gravy and mashed potatoes into Fido’s bowl, you sho...

December 7, 2017

If you find a lump on your dog or cat, your next move should be to pick up the phone and call your veterinarian.

While many growths are nothing to worry about, some can be life-threatening and are best dealt with as sooner rather than later. As masses get bigger, they g...

December 4, 2017

You arrive home from a long day at work to find a big turd in the middle of the living room. Your eight-month-old Golden Retriever bounds up to you wagging his tail.

This is the second time this week! You thought you were done with this!

Before you start shouting, take a...

December 1, 2017

Although being indoors is certainly safer, cats are natural hunters, tree climbers, and all-around curious characters.

All that time cooped up can lead to kitty cabin fever, making your cat more likely to urinate outside the litterbox, meow all night long, scratch the c...

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