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Lyme Disease

Dear Dr. Dana,
I am being warned that the ticks this year are going to be worse than ever and I should be extra cautious about lyme disease. What precautions should I take with my pets?

ANSWER: May is Lyme Disease Awareness Month and Pennsylvania is the #1 state in reported cases of Lyme disease for both humans and dogs.

Lyme disease (borreliosis) is an infectious, tick-borne disease first recognized in dogs in 1985. It is caused by Borrelia burgdorferi,… Continue reading

Summer Months Safety

QUESTION: I was wondering what tips you have for keeping my pets safe during the warmer, summer months?

ANSWER: The summer months are quickly approaching and will offer pet owners many chances to spend time outside with their dogs. There are several summer activities that require us to take proper precautions with including barbeques, parades, outdoor festivals and fireworks. Here are some items that I often discuss with my clients prior to summer:

1. Increase in temperatures – In this… Continue reading

Top 5 Health Concerns in Aging Cats

by Dr. Dana Koch published June 14, 2016.  Previously published by PetCoach.

We love making memories with our feline companions, but it can be difficult to watch them age.  Here are some of the most common health conditions cat owners should be aware of:

  1. Hyperthyroidism

Feline hyperthyroidism is caused by an overproduction of thyroid hormones.  Often clinical signs will include weight loss, rapid heart rate, voracious appetite, vomiting, hair loss, increased drinking/urination or increased anxiety.  Diagnosis… Continue reading

Questions Every Cat Owner Should Ask

by Dr. Dana Koch published June 7, 2016.  Previously published by PetCoach.

Questions Cat Owners Should Ask Their Veterinarians:

  1. Am I the feeding the right diet?

This is an extremely important question to ask your veterinarian.  If you recently purchased or adopted a cat you should consider a nutritionally balanced diet.  Your veterinarian can make recommendations and help you learn how to evaluate food labels when choosing the best food for your pet.  It is also… Continue reading

Pet First Aid – The Importance of Being Prepared in Emergency Situations

by Dr. Dana Koch published April 7, 2016.  Previously published by PetCoach.

 

There are many emergencies that may arise at home involving our pets and in those moments it is important to be fully prepared in order to act quickly and effectively.  Having the proper knowledge and skills to react in these situations will also help to alleviate much of the panic and stress pet owners often experience.  These emergent issues can involve ingestion of… Continue reading

Top 8 Food Items Poisonous for Pets

by Dr. Dana Koch published March 23, 2016.  Previously published by PetCoach.


Many pet owners love to share our favorite foods and meals with our beloved furry friends.  Our dogs and cats are usually willing participants in these meal time rituals.  As responsible pet owners we need to be aware of particular food items that can be harmful to our canine or feline companions.  Here is a list of some of the most common foods… Continue reading

The Importance of Dental Health in Your Pets

by Dr. Dana Koch published February 23, 2016.  Previously published by PetCoach.

Periodontal disease is the most common clinical condition occurring in adult dogs and cats. Bad breath is the first indication that your pet may have dental disease. Pet owners are becoming more conscious of the role bad dental disease can play in the overall health of their animals. Bacteria from the mouth can enter the bloodstream and then are carried around the body. Studies in dogs have… Continue reading

A Dental Q&A

February- National Pet Dental Health Month – A Dental Q&A

by Dr. Tara Scarlett, published on February 16, 2016

Although your pet’s dental health is important all year long, the veterinary community likes to focus attention on this important matter every February. So, why do we believe your pet’s dental health is so important? Did you know that your pet’s dental health can be directly related to their systemic health?

Dental disease, in the form of excess plaque, tartar and… Continue reading

Best Practices for Pet Dental Health

by Dr. Rebecca Wood published February 11, 2016

When vets ask “Do you brush your pet’s teeth?”, most owners laugh. Though veterinarians are notoriously hilarious people, this is not meant to be a joke. Dental health, in all of its forms, is very important to the health and longevity of your pet. Tending to their pearly whites not only helps them look dashing, but it can help them continue a long, healthy life.

Things to do at home:… Continue reading

Pet Dental Health Awareness

by Dr. Amanda Weiss published February 1, 2016
Every February the AVMA sponsors National Pet Dental Health Month to help raise awareness for the importance of oral care for our pets. Please check out the information in this blog as well as the links below.
Periodontal disease is the most common clinical condition in adult dogs and cats and most will start to have signs by the time they are only three years old. It is important for… Continue reading

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