Yesterday afternoon here at the clinic we almost had a tragedy that certainly could have and should have been avoided. One of our canine patients spent too much time out on the first really hot day of the year and it was almost fatal. When the dog first came in to the clinic its temperature was 107.5 while a normal temp is 102. The important thing to remember here is that this dog was not locked in a car or left outside tied to a tree. This dog was exercising with its owner. Continue reading
May is gardening season in Vermont. Plants are going in, mulch is being put down and fertilizer is being applied. A client asked if I could rerun this article because of that so here it it. Continue reading
Malnutrition. Webster’s dictionary defines it as “faulty or imperfect nutrition.” It is also defined as a lack of healthy foods in the diet or an excessive intake of unhealthy foods leading to physical harm. In 2003 The National Academies’ National Research Council declared that one of every four dogs and cats in the Western world is overweight.
“But my dog likes his treats.”
“What’s the big deal? She’s happy.”
These are just a few of the many excuses I’ve heard from my clients trying to explain away their pet’s obesity.