Acupuncture has been a core healing practice in Chinese medicine for 3000 years. That kind of staying power isn’t surprising, when you consider the broad healing benefits that consistently result from it… and not just for humans! Acupuncture, which entails placing tiny needles into the skin at key trigger points on the body, has proven

Anatomy of a Wellness Exam

Mon, 08 May 2017 by Dr. Fincher

To the untrained eye of a pet parent, a wellness exam may seem cursory: a quick poke-and-prod, and the “clean bill of health” – hopefully – is signed. But there’s more going on in a wellness exam than you may realize, and what looks like a simple squeeze or a quick peek is often a

Why You Should Vaccinate Your Indoor Cat

Mon, 08 May 2017 by Dr. Fincher

In a perfect world, our indoor cats would stay safely sheltered in our homes.  Unfortunately, unforeseen incidents (including cats venturing outdoors!) do happen, and to protect the cat’s health, it’s important to prepare him with two important vaccinations. One vaccination I strongly recommend (unless contraindicated by your veterinarian for a medical reason) is the rabies vaccine.  Not

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

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

“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

How to Care for your Aging Dog

Fri, 02 September 2011 by Dr. Fincher

A dog that is seven years or older is considered middle- to senior- aged. Like humans, when dogs reach their ‘golden years’, their movements and metabolism start to slow. Their bodies have difficulty absorbing nutrients, and their joints and muscles become weaker. They will also start graying around the face, and their eyes become cloudy. They become more

How do I know if my dog has an ear problem?

Fri, 15 July 2011 by Dr. Fincher

Often called ‘OTITIS’ ‘TAKE A WHIFF’–a sour smell isoften the first indication of Otitis.  Also, shaking and scratching at the ears with associated redness. Not sure?  email us at centralanimalhospital@gmail.com with your questions  or make an appointment with us. The general term otitis refers to inflammation of the ear. The ear consists of three regions:

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Pet Dental Cleanings

Wed, 29 June 2011 by Dr. Fincher

The importance of routine dental care cannot be stressed enough. Proper dental care actually helps prevent many health problems as your pet ages. Our wellness exams always include a thorough examination of the mouth. Preventive care When early tartar buildup is diagnosed, we can offer some preventive care. This might include one or more of

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