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

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

Is this an accident or is my pooch punishing me?

Tue, 06 November 2012 by Dr. Fincher

Accidents happen.  This being said, nobody likes when they happen and most people want to keep them from happening as much as possible.  This is universally the case when those accidents involve urine (or feces) on any surface in our home, be it rug, wall, lamp or bed. As a veterinarian, I have to be

Why’s my cat thinking (urinating) outside the box?

Wed, 17 October 2012 by Dr. Fincher

As I start on this particular blog entry, I do so with great trepidation.  There is nothing more complex and frustrating for owner (and often veterinarian!) than a cat who is doing their business somewhere other than the litter box, especially when it’s places like your shoes or, heaven forbid, your bed!  I give a

The Down and Dirty on Giardia

Wed, 19 September 2012 by Dr. Fincher

Interesting fact: In North America, Giardia is the most common intestinal parasite in humans. OK, maybe you, my pet owner audience, doesn’t find that particularly interesting.  However, when you stop to consider that our pets may be carriers of this nasty little bug, I bet your ears perk up a little!  Lets get the down

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