Category: Ask the Expert

Myths and Truths: Food Allergies in Dogs and Cats Written by Christine Zewe, DVM, DACVD       Food allergies in dogs can cats can cause several issues, including gastrointestinal upset and skin and ear issues. Pets with food allergies can have the same symptoms as pets with environmental allergies...

Ask the Vet: Why is Heartworm Prevention So Important? Written by Dr. Melissa Magnuson Heartworm prevention is a pill or chew that a dog takes monthly to prevent heartworm infection. Mosquitos spread heartworm disease; once a mosquito bites your dog, it can give your dog heartworm disease. By giving a...

Written by Dr. Melissa Magnuson Veterinary care is medical care. It is no different from human health care but when compared to human health care, it is considerably less costly. Let’s consider some myths about veterinary medicine that clients have told me: Myth 1: Veterinarians are not REAL doctors. Just...

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Heatstroke in Dogs By Courtney James, DVM of Port City Referral Hospital  Heatstroke is a very serious medical condition caused by uncontrolled elevation of a mammal’s core body temperature by an outside source. The commonly quoted example of heatstroke is the dog locked in a hot car. Car windows generate...

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We’ve seen the commercials; we have felt the twang in our hearts at the site of cats and dogs in need of adoption. However, many people remain unaware of how to adopt from an animal shelter. Today, approximately 8 million animals live in shelters and are in need of a...