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The 7 Best Treatments for Fleas and Ticks

Fleas and ticks are among the most common causes of concern among pet owners in America. In most cases, they cause discomfort for your cat or dog, but in some cases, they can lead to more serious complications. 

For example, ticks, can cause blood loss, anemia, tick paralysis, skin irritations and infections, and more serious tick-borne illnesses, including Lyme Disease and Cytauxzoonosis:

What Is a Wellness Examination, and How Often Should Your Veterinarian Perform One?

It’s not unreasonable to ask why you should take your dog or cat to the vet when they're not showing any signs of illness—but regular wellness examinations are important for two reasons. First, as part of their survival instinct, dogs and cats will often hide pain associated with a developing disease. Second, many illnesses don’t present symptoms until they are quite advanced.

5 Common Health Problems Treated By Veterinarians

Local veterinarian teams can all agree on a few things. They are all committed to caring for a pet's health throughout all of its life stages. They also agree that there are a few common health problems most frequently treated. If you are someone who belongs to a beloved dog or family cat, discovering they are sick or injured can be a distressing situation. It is comforting to know that when you arrive at the animal hospital, the entire staff can say, "We've got this."

The 9 Most Common Questions and Answers About Microchips

Perhaps you’ve lost a cat or dog at some point in your life.  If you have, you know it can be among the most painful experiences you’ve ever gone through. 

Your pet is a member of your family, someone you love and cherish, and someone you want with you for years to come. If you’re like most pet owners, you’d do anything to ensure your pet is found and returned home if he’s ever lost. One way to increase the odds that you’re reunited with your pet is to have a microchip implanted.

If Your Dog Is Eating Grass, Is It Time To Take Him To the Veterinarian?

No one really knows why dogs eat grass, in part because there’s been very little scientific study of this behavior in dogs. In the absence of such analysis, many theories have been floated. Some scientists believe, for example, that eating grass is a dog’s attempt to compensate for something lacking in his diet—for example, a lack of sufficient fiber, vitamins or minerals. 

Others argue that eating grass is a remnant of undomesticated dogs’ behavior, since many varieties of wild dogs have been observed eating grass.  Dogs in the wild are omnivorous, eating both meat and plant materials, for example, and domesticated dogs are simply replicating the behavior of their ancestors, according to the proponents of this theory. Still others speculate that dogs just like the taste of grass, and some believe eating grass is a dog’s attempt to induce vomiting, perhaps to remove something that’s upsetting his stomach.

Do Dogs Dream? The Scientific Evidence Says "Yes"


Dogs spend the majority of their days sleeping.  That’s according to the National Sleep Foundation, which reports that on average dogs spend between 12 and 14 hours sleeping every day.  Puppies and older dogs are asleep even more than that, anywhere from 18 to 20 hours a day.  The question which has perplexed dog owners since dogs were domesticated is, do they dream while they’re asleep, and, if they do, what exactly do they dream about?

Why Your Cat or Dog Licks You

Animals lick members of their own species for several reasons.  Females, for example, exhibit “postparturient” behavior, licking their newborns to remove the baby from the amniotic sack and stimulate breathing, as well as to recognize their scent and initiate the bonding process. Many continue regular licking of newborns for a week or more after birth to check for vital signs. Animals also lick one another for cleaning and grooming purposes.

Humans and Animals Are Not the Same: 8 Human Foods Which Are Dangerous for Dogs

For many humans, the spring season means Easter egg hunts and baskets full of chocolates and candy. The summer brings picnics and barbeques with great food at every turn. But for dogs, it's a time where the chances of eating something toxic is a huge possibility.

Holidays and get-togethers in general are times when dogs are most exposed to things they shouldn't have. Your dog might get a serious tummy ache from getting into some goodies or be fed something they wouldn't normally eat by an unaware guest. But these incidents aren't confined to the holidays by any means. There are lots of unassuming foods we eat everyday that can be potentially fatal to our best furry friends.

Pet owners uninformed about the dangers to dogs of many human foods is a very real issue. In 2009, the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center handled 2,175 cases of dogs poisoned by household chemicals, 2,329 related to fertilizers—and 17,453 for dogs poisoned by eating human foods.

4 Things to Check if Your Cat is Peeing Outside the Litter Box


Our furry feline friends are well-mannered family members, typically easy to train to use a litter box and once trained, they use it regularly. But what do you do if you kitty suddenly starts to relieve themselves outside the litter box? If kitty suddenly started to pee outside the box, get her to the veterinarian first to check if she is ill. It's important to notice the problem and quickly figure out the reasons why kitty has suddenly stopped using the litter box. Common places that you might find kitty peeing are house plants, the carpet or even in your bed.

You will also need to determine if the problem is spraying to mark territory or actual urination. Spraying will often be on a vertical surface and will be just a few drops while urination will usually be a puddle. To help determine why kitty's behavior may have changed, we've put together a list of a four things to check below. 

How Underwater Treadmills Can Help Aging, Arthritic Dogs and Why You Should Consider It

Dogs, just like people, can develop arthritis as they get older. In fact, an estimated 65% of dogs will develop some form of arthritis in their lifetime. Since your elderly dog has become part of your family, you want to do anything possible to help lessen their pain. However, you cannot talk to a dog and tell them they need to exercise in order to keep agile. Because our friends are in pain, they are more likely to become less active, which exacerbates their arthritis and puts them in greater pain. Medicating them only does so much to help relieve their pain. 

However, there may now be another option. We here at the South Boston Animal Hospital have recently acquired an underwater treadmill, which may be the solution to helping your treasured pet live out their last years as pain free as possible. Below are several reasons you should talk to your veterinarian about using an underwater treadmill as part of the pain management strategy for your dog.