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  • Separation Anxiety- Question: My dog gets very upset when I leave and is very vocal and can be destructive. What is the problem and what can I do about it? Answer: There are several reasons for this, but the most common is Separation Anxiety. This is a syndrome that probably has a genetic cause and environmental stimulus will make it worse. The anxiety that your dog is experiencing is a panic response, just like people with panic attacks. A good idea to help with treatment is to video your dog while you are gone. Things like barking, panting, scratching, shaking and pacing
  • What jobs are available at a veterinary hospital?- Question: What other jobs are available at a Veterinary Hospital, other than a Veterinarian? Answer: When my staff heard I was writing about this, they told me to tell everyone about the great team here at Springboro Veterinary Hospital. We really are humble people that are very proud of our careers. We often say you can hear our smiles. To accurately answer your question, there are more positions at a Veterinary Hospital than being a Veterinarian. We have Client Service Reps, Lead Receptionist, Urgent Care staff, Hospitality/Kennel staff, Professional Dog Groomer, Daycare staff, Professional Dog Trainer, Veterinary Assistants, Certified Veterinary
  • How to become a veterinarian- Question: What do you have to do to become a Veterinarian? Answer: I must get this question at least once or twice a day. For me, I always knew I wanted to be a veterinarian. I even drew the plans to my veterinary hospital in second grade. I love what I do. It has been an honor and privilege to serve our furry friends for over 35 years. But I must say it is not an easy profession. Veterinary school is , and veterinary medicine has its unique challenges. But Dr. Chip and I LOVE. IT! There are so many
  • Cat urine smells- Question: Does the smell of cat urine bother my cat as much as it does me? Answer: First let’s address why cat urine smells so bad. Their ancestry is from arid parts of the world, so they developed the ability to absorb water from their urine, thus leaving the urine more concentrated and thus smelling worse. Also, male cat’s urine is even more offensive to the smell because testosterone is concentrated in their urine. So yes cat urine is especially strong smelling, and it probably bothers your cat more than you because of their sense of smell. We have 56
  • My dog is getting older- Question: My dog is getting older and is having more difficulty getting around. Could he have arthritis, and what can we do about it? Answer: Senior pets are my favorite. They have dedicated their lives to loving their owners. When I look into their eyes, I see so much wisdom and kindness. They have earned their keep and deserve our full attention and care. Yes, as dog’s age, their joints get wear and tear like we do, and they develop arthritis. The only way to confirm the diagnosis is with your veterinarian, so I would encourage you to make an
  • Dogs and Cats and Age- Question: When does a dog or cat become old? This is a good question, the answer, it varies, but cats and small dogs are generally considered geriatric at the age of 7 or above. However new guidelines suggest cats are considered geriatric at 11. Larger breed dogs tend to have shorter life spans and are considered geriatric when they are approximately six years of age. Owners tend to want to think of their pet’s age in human terms. While it is not as simple as “1 human year = X cat/dog years”, there are calculations according the AVMA that can
  • Cats and litterboxes- Question: Why is my cat not using the litterbox? Answer: I wish I had an answer that solved this problem every time, but because this problem can be multifactorial, I cannot give a definite solution. Basically, litterbox aversion is either physical or behavioral, and a veterinary examination is required to tell the difference, along with appropriate laboratory testing. Physical problems are corrected with medications or surgery, while behavioral issues are more challenging to control, but can be handled with medications and environmental manipulation. If the litterbox is too small, your cat will not like it. The litterbox should be 1
  • My dog is sick- Question: My dog is vomiting and has diarrhea, what is the problem? Answer: That is a common question that has a more complicated answer, as there are many possible reasons for Gastro-Intestinal upset. We see many, many pets in our urgent care after hours facility with emergency veterinary GI problems. To figure out what the specific problem might be, we need to do some investigation. This involves testing by obtaining baseline diagnostics, such as fecal testing, bloodwork, and x-rays. These may give us the answer or indicate further testing. The treatment is specific to the problem, but we often treat
  • How many dogs are there in the world?- Question: How many dogs are there in the world? There are roughly 900 million dogs in the world. That’s about one dog for every 8 people on earth! Sadly, however, two-thirds of these dogs are stray dogs. Establishing the precise number of dogs in the world is challenging attributable to the free-ranging dogs roaming the streets and neighborhoods around the globe. Think about that, if every person in the world adopted 8 dogs, our stray problem would be over. Spaying and neutering are essential. I am happy to report, our stray pet population in Springboro Ohio is not too bad.
  • Can Dogs see in color?- Question: I heard dogs only see in black and white, is that true? Boy, I have heard this question a lot! Despite popular belief, dogs don’t only see in black and white; in fact, they can see in blue, green, yellow, and gray too. That is pretty cool! There are rods and cones in our eyes, and the cones are responsible for color vision. We have 3 types of cones, one picks up purple and blue, one green, and the 3rd green to red. With this verity we get our great color contrast vision. This is not the case with