Why Mats and Knots Can Spell Trouble for Your Dog

If your furry friend lives up to their name, you need to pay special attention to keeping their coat in good condition. After all, dogs, in particular, can quickly become uncomfortable if their hair becomes matted and knotted. What issues can arise if you do not take the time to avoid these difficulties and what type of measures can be put in place instead? Maintenance Issues A dog's coat can often become matted or knotted through improper maintenance. [Read More]

What Happens at a Puppy's First Vet Visit?

When should a new puppy meet their vet for the very first time? Whoever provided the puppy (whether they were adopted from an animal shelter or purchased from a breeder) may have their own recommendation, or you could simply ask your new prospective vet about the best schedule. The answer is likely to be that your puppy should be checked sooner instead of later. But what's the purpose of this very first puppy vet checkup? [Read More]

Questions and Answers About Pet Desexing and Aftercare

When your pet has desexing surgery, you want it to feel comfortable afterwards. Usually, most pet desexing surgeries have no problems. However, you should take steps to ensure your pet is comfortable and has no complications. Here are some questions and answers you may have about pet desexing surgery and what to expect afterwards. Is Desexing Surgery Major Surgery? Desexing is a major surgical procedure, especially for females. With females, the surgeon goes into the abdominal cavity to remove the uterus and ovaries. [Read More]

When a Dog Needs a Dental Crown

When a tooth has deteriorated to the point that a filling won't have much effect, you're likely to need a dental crown. The same can be true for your dog. It's not as though your dog will be regularly snacking on sugary treats, but their teeth can still be affected by decay, or the damage might have been more instantaneous (caused by an accident). It's not like you or your vet (or your dog, for that matter) will be satisfied leaving a damaged tooth as is, so a dog dental appointment might be in order. [Read More]