Category: Pet Health

Pet Parasites: A Danger to Human Health

Why should I care about my pets’ worms? Hidden from view, the intestinal parasites of our pets don’t share the spotlight given to fleas or even mosquitoes. In fact, many pet owners would just as soon forget that their pets could be carrying these “worms”. People, especially children, can get infected with worms directly from… Read More


Leptospirosis: A Disease for people and animals

“Why should I vaccinate my dog against Leptospirosis?” This is a question that is asked in veterinary exam rooms across the country. Conscientious dog owners do not want to over-vaccinate their dogs and above all, they do not want to cause their pet any harm from vaccine side effects. Moreover, some owners are advised by… Read More


Feeding Your Rabbit The Right Way

As a prospective owner of an exotic pet, you may have looked to a number of different sources for information about your pet. When I was a kid I researched turtles and saved my money for an aquarium, heaters, and food before I purchased Flapper and Splasher the Painted Turtles. I hit the library and took… Read More


How to Get Your Pet to the Vet – Part 2 Exotics!

People bring a whole lot more than dogs and cats to the vet. Exotic pets also require wellness exams every 6 to 12 months. How do you get your snake, bunny, iguana, bird or rat to the veterinary practice as safely as possible? There are lots of tricks to keep each species safe during transport…. Read More


How to Get Your Pet to the Vet – Part 1

Have you ever made an appointment to go to the vet? Have you dreaded the day when you would have to chase your cat around the house, drag her out from under the bed and stuff her into the dreaded carrier, hopefully with no bloodshed on your part? You are not the only one. Even… Read More


Save Your Pet from the Pain of Dental Disease

Last week Robin, mom to eight cats and a wonderful cat rescuer, called me about her cat Loki who was screaming and jumping every time he chewed some food. It was evident to her that he had a dental issue. When we examined him we told her she had nailed the diagnosis. He had cavities… Read More


Top 10 Ways to Keep your Pet Out of the ER

An animal emergency hospital is definitely not a place you plan on visiting with your pet. The last thing anyone expects is to rush their ailing pet to the ER with trouble breathing, seizures, toxin ingestion or a broken bone. In recent years, more and more emergency hospitals have been opening around Boston. Gone are… Read More


Child Safety Around Pets

How safe is it to combine children under the age of 14 and pets? Most people acquiring a pet don’t give the question a lot of thought. Sometimes the acquisition is an impulse buy based on circumstance and pressure from the younger family members. Think Topsfield Fair and the rabbit exhibit. Or the pet store… Read More


Halloween Safety for Pets

Lots of people like to have fun during the Halloween festivities, but our pets can truly be “spooked” by all of the noises and costumes. Halloween is a holiday with many dangers for our dogs and cats. You can have fun with Halloween and keep your pet safe. Dressing up is fun for everyone, but… Read More


How to Achieve the Perfect Pet Adoption

The days of shopping for that puppy in the pet store window are fading quickly as we look through our computer windows for our next pet family member instead. How do you find a reputable purveyor of puppies without supporting the puppy mill business? It is not easy because there are so many ways to… Read More