Aging happens to the best of us. Before you know it, physical activities that used to be a piece of cake, like getting up off the couch after watching your favorite show, becomes so much work, you decide its just easier to stay put and watch another show. For our dog friends, we are pained

Preparing Your Pups For A New (Less Furry) Baby

Wed, 02 July 2014 by Dr. Fincher

As a mother of three, I am well acquainted with that wonderful feeling that is discovering that you’re going to be a mom (or dad) for the first time. I am also intimately familiar with the feeling of utter panic that sets in along the way. For me, my animals’ adjustment to the new baby

A 2009 survey by the Travel Industry Association of America found that more than 14% of U.S. adults had traveled with their pets in the previous three years (dogs being the most common travel companions, comprising 78% of pet travelers). The Hospitality industry quickly caught on to this trend, as evidenced by the pet-friendly attractions

We love our smartphones. Mobile technology empowers everyone to make informed decisions, stay organized, connect with others, and get answers to pressing questions in a matter of seconds. As Apple’s commercial correctly says: whatever the subject, “there’s an app for that”. And to pet owners, few subjects are as important as our animals! In the

Buckle Up

Tue, 05 November 2013 by Dr. Fincher

A little safety advice for the upcoming Labor Day weekend, from your friendly veterinarian… Ever since I was a little kid, the phrase “buckle up!” was drilled into me to the point where I would click that buckle in place without even realizing I had done it.  For human occupants, 32 states have seat belt

Doggy Dementia

Tue, 30 April 2013 by Dr. Fincher

It’s hard to watch our furry friends get old, especially when the changes are such that we begin to lose sight of the friend we’ve known for so many years.  One of the conditions that commonly afflicts our older dogs is known as Canine Cognitive Dysfunction Syndrome. There is a simple acronym we in the veterinary world

Is Old Age a Disease?

Tue, 12 March 2013 by Dr. Fincher

To answer the question posed in the title, absolutely, unequivocally, NO! But why do I ask? I’ll admit, its very easy for those of us in the veterinary profession to fall into the mind set that old age is a disease and diagnose our geriatric patients with “OA” (not osteoarthritis for those acronym savvy readers).

“Statistics from the American Veterinary Dental Society report at least 80% of dogs and 70% of cats by age three show signs of periodontal (gum) disease.” Dogs and cats have teeth (“duh, doc!”)… I know this is a painfully obvious statement but many times over I see animals whose teeth are literally rotting in their

Tis’ the Season…

Mon, 24 December 2012 by Dr. Fincher

“It’s the most wonderful time of the year!”   I’m sure Fido and Fluffy are saying the same thing as new and exciting food items accumulate around the house and brightly wrapped packages with fun ribbons appear under that big smelly green thing (I think the humans call it, “tree”).  While the holiday season brings

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