Thanks to better care, pets are living longer now than they ever have before, but as pets get older, they need extra care and attention. Regular veterinary examinations can deter problems in older pets before they become advanced or life-threatening, and improve the chance of a longer and heathier life for your pet. It […]
As the holidays approach and the presence of sweet treats increases, we at Premier Animal Hospital want all pet owners to be aware of the risk of chocolate to their pets. Chocolate ingestion can cause significant illness ranging from minor gastrointestinal signs to death depending on the dose. Chocolate contains many harmful and toxic […]
Heartworm infection in dogs is an important disease that is seen in every state in the US, especially in the South and South-Eastern parts of the country. The disease is spread from dog to dog via mosquito bite, a necessary step in the beginning of the life cycle of the worm.
The process begins with a heartworm positive dog. This dog has […]
Xylitol is a sugar substitute sweetener in many products. It is found in some sugar-free gums like Orbit, Trident and Nicorette. It is found in numerous candies like Icebreakers and many lollipops. Other popular foods like peanut butter, which is commonly used for a dog treat, can contain xylitol. Peanut butter brands that […]
Canine influenza, or dog flu, is a highly contagious infection caused by an influenza A virus, with the causative strains classified as H3N8 and H3N2.
The first recognized outbreak of H3N8 canine influenza occurred in racing greyhounds in January 2004 at a track in Florida. The first recognized U.S. outbreak of H3N2 canine influenza […]
As school has started back and holidays are quickly approaching, changes in our schedule not only affect us but also our pets. One unfortunate outcome of these changes can be the development of separation anxiety. As pack animals, dogs are most often affected by this behavior problem. Dogs love to be social and […]
Our Guide to Parasite Prevention and Why It’s Important
The summer season is upon us. With warmer weather, comes fun in the sun…but, it also provides a perfect environment for many pet pests. Fleas, ticks, and mosquitos are not only itchy and irritating; but, these insects are vectors of disease that can be life threatening […]
Spring is in the air! But, guess what else is in the air– pollens, dusts, molds, and a whole bunch of other factors that can make your pooch turn into an allergic nightmare. Just like people, our companion animals can be susceptible to allergies; however, you might be surprised by how allergies manifest in […]
Obesity is one of the most common diseases affecting companion animals. It is estimated that over 50% of cats and dogs in America are overweight or obese which leads to many problems and may even shorten a pet’s life.There are many factors that may contribute to obesity. Some of these are uncontrollable such as […]