The Complete Guide to Spaying & Neutering Cats and Dogs

Bringing a puppy or kitten home for the first time is a joyful experience. Most pet parents want to ensure their newest family addition stays healthy and strong. Besides vaccinations, having your pet spayed or neutered is a great way to protect their lifelong health.

Here's everything you need to know about these two common procedures for cats and dogs.

What You Should Know About Hemorrhagic Gastroenteritis (HGE) in Dogs

Hemorrhagic gastroenteritis is an acute gastrointestinal disorder that strikes healthy dogs without warning. This serious condition can progress quickly in small dogs. It causes vomiting, hemorrhagic (bloody) diarrhea, and other symptoms. The illness can potentially kill if left untreated.

Read on to learn the difference between gastroenteritis and hemorrhagic gastroenteritis (HGE), and to find out common symptoms of this potentially deadly ailment. 

How to Prevent and Treat Hairballs for Your Cat

Cats are consummate groomers that work hard to keep their coats shiny and immaculate. While cleaning themselves with their tongues, felines ingest fur that has been shed. This fur cannot be broken down or digested and if it doesn't pass through a cat's digestive tract, it can form into hairballs.

Developing hairballs is normal for felines. All cats spit them up occasionally.  But sometimes, hairballs that aren't excreted can put a pet's intestinal health at risk. Read on for the best, at-home hairball remedies for your feline companion, and to learn about several great treatments that will help keep your furry family member's digestive tract running smoothly.

Facebook Live Recap: All About Acupuncture

This month, we tried out a new way to bring our expert advice to you—a Facebook Live Q&A and live demo!

Are Supplements a Good Idea for Your Pet?

If you Google "pet supplements," you'll see some 27 million results. Amazon alone lists more than 6,000 pet supplement products, everything from probiotics to joint care supplements, hepatic liver supplements and dog breath fresheners.

The pervasiveness of dog and cat nutritional supplements might lead you to believe you should be giving your pet one or more of these products, but does your cat or dog really need them, and are they safe? Are pet supplements a necessary part of adequately caring for your pet's health?

Acupuncture: Can It Help Your Pet?

If your pet is showing signs of growing old, especially if that's accompanied by arthritis, or if your companion animal has a condition that causes pain or discomfort, you may have considered acupuncture as a treatment option.

Acupuncture is an ancient medical practice where extremely thin needles are inserted into key points along the patient's body. While humans have traditionally been the recipients of this type of treatment, many practitioners have learned how to apply the principles to animals. In fact, veterinary acupuncture has been performed for nearly as long—thousands of years—as it's been used for people.

How to Safely Remove Ticks and Fleas From Your Pet

You love your pet—but you don't love the parasites that call your pet's body home. Fleas and ticks are annoying pests that irritate your furry friend by drinking their blood. This can cause your pet to scratch, and can even cause health problems such as Lyme Disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, ehrlichiosis and anaplasmosis. Many of these diseases can pose a threat to the human members of your family, too. If your pet has fleas or ticks, you need to address the problem right away.

The first step to solving any problem is to identify it. First, check your pet for fleas and ticks, and then follow our simple instructions to get rid of these parasites.

Cold Laser Therapy for Your Pet


Looking for a way to relieve your pet's pain? Cold laser therapy may be the answer.

When your pet is recovering from injury or living with arthritis, this technology recognized by veterinarians, chiropractors and sports medicine experts may give them relief. The soothing laser treatments reduce inflammation and pain, and increase ease of motion so your pets can do more of what they do best—enjoy life. Cold laser therapy is a drug free treatment, so there is never a worry about toxicity and side effects.

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:

How an Underwater Treadmill Can Help 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.