30 Jun 2017
June 30, 2017

Updates in treating heart disease.

Back in the old days, when I first started in veterinary medicine, if your dog developed heart disease, they were put on lasix and digoxin and were given the prognosis of living another 6 months. With todays' advances dogs can live much longer and with a dramatically better quality of life. Much the same way.. read more →
01 Jul 2014
July 1, 2014


We've finally hit a stretch of good weather and are greeting our old friends(?)-heat and humidity. With the blue skies and warmer temperatures, come a few reminders. Walk your dog early in the morning and after the sun goes down. Remember that black asphalt absorbs heat. Air temps in the mid 70's can cause surface.. read more →
22 Apr 2014
April 22, 2014

Canine Influenza Outbreak

An outbreak of canine influenza has recently been reported to the state veterinarian. The outbreak originated in a daycare/boarding facility in Providence. Canine influenza is a relatively new disease identified in the canine world. It is mutated from the Influenza A strain found in horses. Because it is a relatively new virus, virtually every dog.. read more →
22 Apr 2014
April 22, 2014


The American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists will hold a public service event providing free eye screening exams to Service Animals during May 2014.All services are donated, in an effort to improve the Service Animals health and avert potential disease threats to thousands of animals across the US and Canada. To check eligibility and available clinics,.. read more →
24 Mar 2014
March 24, 2014

What is Cushing’s Disease?

This column was written by Sarah McElroy, DVM Cushing's disease, or hyperadrenocorticism, is a syndrome resulting from excessive production of glucorticoid, the body's natural steroid hormone. This can result from a hormonally active tumor of the pituitary gland in the brain, or less commonly, a hormone producing tumor of one of the adrenal glands. The.. read more →
24 Feb 2014
February 24, 2014


Clients often believe that they can stop, or cut back on their use of tick protection during these frigid winter temperatures. But guess what? Recent research at the University of Rhode Island proves that theory to be incorrect. There are a few different  ideas as to how the ticks can stay alive. One thought is.. read more →
30 Sep 2013
September 30, 2013

Fluffy Doesn’t Need to Go to the Vets

The thought of having to bring one of my feline crew in for a veterinary visit doesn't exactly make me dance with delight. Even though I am a trained professional, with one or two of my cats, it is often a rodeo to try and round them up to get them in their carrier. Then.. read more →
14 May 2013
May 14, 2013


We are all part of this big complicated world. There is currently a world wide effort to promote cooperation and collaboration between veterinarians, human health professionals, and scientific professionals. It is a continuation of efforts in the veterinary world to educate the public about zoonotic  and infectious disease issues. The public needs to realize that.. read more →
07 May 2013
May 7, 2013


It's 7:45 Monday morning, and there are 2 people already waiting as we unlock the doors. Bo, a 10 year old Lab, hasn't eaten in 3 days. Fluffy, a 4 year old neutered male cat, has been doing the cha cha in and out of the litterbox since Sunday morning. Both doctors are running late..... read more →
10 Apr 2013
April 10, 2013

What is Leptospirosis?

Today's column is written by Dr. Sarah McElroy:  Leptospirosis is a bacterial infection, spread through the urine, which can cause liver and kidney failure in dogs and people.It is carried by many animals, including deer, mice, and other wildlife. Dogs usually acquire the infection through drinking contaminated water, but it can also enter broken skin,.. read more →