More likely than not, your pet is overweight. This is not an exaggeration: statistics from the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention (APOP)’s 2015 survey indicate that 57.9% of cats and 52.7% percent of dogs are overweight or obese. While the extra girth (underneath the fluff!) of a cat or dog may appear to be an

The Vaccines Your Pet Needs Most

Fri, 04 August 2017 by Dr. Fincher

August is National Pet Immunization Awareness Month, and (as we do during the other 11 months of the year,) we want to remind you that immunizations are not just important: they’re lifesaving! Pet owners are sometimes skeptical, however, when they encounter a list of “recommended vaccinations” that’s longer than a dachshund. A pet can’t possibly

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