“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

Beating the Bloat

Wed, 29 August 2012 by Dr. Fincher

Many large or giant breed dog owners have surely heard the term “GDV” thrown around and closely associated with “Bloat”  and may wonder exactly what that means.  GDV stands for Gastric Dilation Volvulus and occurs when the stomach rotates on itself after filling with gas or large amounts of food.  As you may imagine from

Lumps, Bumps and Masses, OH MY!

Thu, 16 August 2012 by Dr. Fincher

We see lots of lumps and bumps in the veterinary profession, some are supposed to be there and some are not.  The first set of such “lumps” that I’ll touch upon this week are also commonly known as “testicles”.  Now, male pet owners, please do not be offended by the following, I only have your

Noise Phobic or Just Needy?

Mon, 16 July 2012 by Dr. Fincher

The day when the sky explodes has just passed (I figure that’s how our noise sensitive friends feel), I thought I’d take this opportunity to give some info, hints and tricks to help Independence Day pass with a little less trauma to all next year. Before we touch on suggestions, I’d like to try to

Over the Rainbow Bridge

Mon, 25 June 2012 by Dr. Fincher

I love my pets.  I enjoy how Bentley says “helloooooo” in his funny little howl when I haven’t paid enough attention to him.  I like how Nessa lets the kids roll around on her and can’t get enough attention (ok, maybe I don’t like that all the time, but it is endearing!).  My favorite is

Creepy Crawlies

Thu, 07 June 2012 by Dr. Fincher

Parasite Prevention I don’t like creepy crawlies.  They give me the heebie jeebies.   After I see a flea on an exam table I confess, I feel a little itchy for the rest of the day.  I don’t think I’m alone in these feelings; I’ve heard many an owner shudder with disgust when describing the worms,

Hot Eats or Cool Treats

Thu, 24 May 2012 by Dr. Fincher

This story starts on a snowy day in Kansas.  It’s evening and despite the below freezing temperatures, biting winds and foot of snow on the ground, nature calls and the dogs need to answer.  After several minutes, Bentley requests to be let in and Nessa comes running when called.  Before my husband lets her in,