Preventive Healthcare Guidelines: Part I

The American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) and the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) have just jointly published Canine and Feline Preventive Healthcare Guidelines .  These guidelines are being distributed to veterinarians throughout the United States. The goal of the guidelines is to coach veterinarians on thoroughly counseling their clients on disease prevention. To begin with, the new guidelines emphasize the importance of an annual examination as an opportunity to discuss nutrition, exercise, body weight, training, and parasite control, as well… Read More

Potential Dog Park Diseases

Many people enjoy taking their dogs to the dog park, and I’m commonly asked if, from a canine contagious disease point of view, the dog park is a safe place for dogs to be.  Here is the advice I give:   1. Be sure your dog has ample immunity (vaccine protection) against distemper and parvovirus, both of which are life threatening diseases readily transmissible from dog to dog. This can be accomplished by vaccinating at appropriate intervals (more than once every… Read More