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- Lump and Bumps - I found a lump on my pet what should I do? It seems like every other appointment requests “Dr. Beall, as long as I am here can you check this lump on my pet?” Lumps and bumps on our pets are a common thing and should not be taken lightly. I think that often my clients just want to be assured that it is nothing serious and that it will be ok. In reality, some bumps are ok, and some are not. We should test all lumps and not just monitor them without testing. Lumps and bumps fall into two
- Getting a New Pet - We lost our furry best friend a few years ago. We are just now thinking about getting a new puppy. I am nervous, I don’t know how we can replace the one we lost? I am sad to say you can’t; you just can’t. I am sorry for your loss; it is tough to lose our furry family members. Your question is especially relevant for me, as we are getting a new puppy. Many of you know, we lost our excellent companion dog, “Carly,” last year. You can refer to the article on knowing “When it is time to say
- What about Grain Free Diets and Seatbelts for Pets? - What about Grain Free Diets and Seatbelts for Pets? Question: I’ve heard a lot about Grain-free pet foods. What is the deal with this and is it ok to feed these diets to my pet? Answer: I have heard a lot about these diets too. I probably get this question twice a week. For whatever reason, grain-free diets have become very popular with people. I do not have an opinion on the human side of nutrition, but we should not assume that what might be good for us must, therefore, be suitable for our pets. Animals have a different physiology
- Poop Eating - Why Does My Dog Eat Poop? Oh gross! Even though I am a veterinarian this still grosses me out when I see it. “Why does my pet eat poop” is a great question that I get often. I usually respond, in jest, that there are many reasons but whatever the reason, we don’t want any kisses. The medical term for this behavior is Coprophagia. Dogs who eat their own or other animal’s feces could have nutritional imbalances, such as hunger, the wrong type of food, too much food, and an incorrect frequency of feeding. These can be corrected by making
- Cost of Pet Ownership - Q: My adult children are searching for a new dog. They just graduated from college but are not fully employed yet. What does it cost to own a pet? Of course, I am the mother and worry about everything. Should I be concerned? Oh, my goodness! Mom, you have asked the question I wish all pet owners would ask BEFORE they purchase or adopt a pet. Did you know only 1 out of every ten dogs born will find a permanent home? I should repeat that only 1 out of ten dogs see a permanent home. One of the main
- Cold,Antifreeze,Snow Nose, Milk - Q: I’m confused about antifreeze? Some say it poisonous to pets but the newer antifreeze products are not. What is true? A: CAUTION: Antifreeze that contains ethylene glycol can be deadly to pets. It has a sweet taste that is attractive to animals. But even small amounts can kill your pet or a small child. Be careful; my dog licked up a little antifreeze a few years ago. We had a visitor with a leaking radiator. Unbeknownst to us, there was antifreeze in the driveway, and our dog enjoyed a quick taste. Thankfully I caught her licking it and was
- So You Got a New Puppy - Q: Last month you told us how to pick a new puppy. But, now what do we do? A: Congratulations, I am glad you followed our advice from last month and wish you a fun, happy life with your new puppy. I know it has once again livened up our house. The first thing to remember is to go slow at the introduction and have a calm, comfortable atmosphere. We do not want to frighten your new arrival, they will be stressed enough by leaving their prior home and mom. (We play classical music for our puppy when we she
- We Are Moving - The last time we moved our dog became extremely anxious, what can we do to prevent this? This is a great question this time of year, as many people are moving now, so they can get settled and kids enrolled before school starts. It is also wise to be prepared. During packing, you should try to maintain your pet’s routine schedule. This means sleeping in the same place, eating at the same times, going outside on schedule, usual routine for exercise, clean litter box, etc.. On moving day, make sure your pet is secured either on a leash, in a
- Heatstroke - As summer is here we have been experiencing more hot days, which is a welcome thing for us, but can be devastating for our dogs. Dogs do not sweat like we do, they mainly cool themselves by panting and this alone may not be enough to keep up with elevated temperatures. Our canine friends can get into difficulty if it is hot outside (80’s and above) and they are ill, old, overweight, overexerted, have no access to water, or as we all know, are trapped in a hot car. I would like to take just a moment to review hyperthermia
- Worms In My Dog’s Heart - My veterinarian said there are worms in my dog’s heart. What does that mean? I am sad to hear this question. Worms in the heart are called Heartworms. Heartworm disease is serious and potentially fatal in pets. It is produced by foot-long icky, white worms (heartworms) that live in the heart, lungs and surrounding blood vessels of affected pets, triggering severe lung disease, heart failure and harm to other organs in the body. Basically, these worms grow, reproduce and multiply clogging the heart and other organs. I remember my first case of heartworm 35 years ago. It was devastating. The