We all know the classic foods to completely avoid letting our dogs sample such as chocolate and raisins, and many are becoming more familiar with the idea of using caution when it comes to xylitol. But it still feels relatively unknown. I wanted to share my first-hand experience to raise awareness and understanding of the effects of xylitol. [Read more…]
Most spring and summer babies have been born, so there aren’t a lot more birthdays to celebrate (except mine!). Young birds have hatched, but they may just now be “fledging,” or leaving the nest and exploring the world around them. Fledglings may still have a few downy feathers on their crown (a la Bernie Sanders), but otherwise may appear to be adults. As mentioned in a previous post, fledglings have short, stubby tails compared to their parents. [Read more…]
What is Rabbit Hemorrhagic Disease (RHD)?
Rabbit hemorrhagic disease can be caused by two different, related viruses, RHDV1 and RHDV2. The current outbreak is due to the RHDV2 virus. It is highly contagious and affects rabbits, both domesticated and wild. Of rabbits that are exposed to the virus, almost all die. [Read more…]
We know how much music can affect not only our day but our general mood and how we approach a situation. But what about the effect music has on our pets? Part of our Fear Free Certification at East Bend Animal Hospital is the use of calming music. So how does it work, why does it work, and how can we implement it at home? [Read more…]
Why does my veterinarian ask me to bring a stool (fecal sample) to my pet’s wellness exam each year?
Veterinarians typically request that pet’s owners bring a fresh stool (fecal) sample to their pet’s wellness exam every year. The stool samples are examined at a microscopic level to look for intestinal parasites (many parasites are very tiny and impossible to detect with the human eye) in a pet’s feces. [Read more…]