National Mutt Day

Happy National Mutt Day!

Today is National Mutt Day! This day was founded by Colleen Paige in 2005 with the purpose of embracing, supporting, and saving all types of mixed breed dogs.
Unfortunately, mutts fall into the biggest percentage of euthanized dogs due to the constant over breeding and public desire of pure bred dogs.

National Mutt Day is celebrated twice a year to raise awareness of the plight of mixed breed dogs in shelters around the nation and to educate people about this matter.


Diabetes in Dogs

It is usual for people to talk about having a family member diagnosed with diabetes, but what about when it is a furry family member who is diagnosed with diabetes?

Actually, diabetic dogs are not as unusual as people may think. Studies show that the number of diabetic dogs has tripled in the last thirty years and that the disease progresses 46% faster in dogs than in humans.

Medicine Mix-Ups

Did you know that medication errors can happen just as easily to your pets as to they can to people? Prescriptions for pets are sometimes filled in the same pharmacies that serve human patients and errors can start with something as simple as abbreviations, especially as there are different systems taught in veterinary and medical schools,

More Quality Time with Pets Equals Happier Owners and Animals

According to The Book of Times: From Seconds to Centuries, a Compendium of Measures, a new book by Leslie Alderman, the average pet owner spends just about 40 minutes with their pet each day. While the amount of money spent on pets has increased significantly over the past decade, from $28.5 billion in 2001 to $53 million in 2012,

Sandy’s Bilateral Medial Patellar Luxation

Sandy is a 4-year old tiny Toy Poodle who is best described as very easy to love. She is the princess of the Torres house, where she is smothered with love daily. When Ms. Ana Torres, Sandy’s owner, noticed that she began to limp in late 2013, she did what she could and began to give Sandy anti-inflammatory.

The Problem of Pet Obesity

Unfortunately, obesity isn’t just an issue among humans in this country, but also among our furry and fluffy friends. In fact, recent reports have estimated that more than 50 percent of pets are now overweight.

Obesity can be caused by hormonal problems or genetics, but most often contributing factors include increasingly sedentary lifestyles,

Doggie Yoga

As pet owners, we all know that exercise and physical activity is important for animals, but did you know that dogs can do yoga?  Just like humans, pets can sometimes get stressed and they benefit from the stretching and posing taught through yoga.  In fact, Good Morning America just did a segment explaining the increasing popularity of this trend – you can check it out here –

Geographic Differences in Pet Cancers

Did you know that geography plays a role in differences in cancer in our dogs and cats? These differences can be attributed mostly to environmental factors and detection rates between regions.

Dr. Karen Oberthaler recently moved here from New York City and has noticed some significant differences in her patients.  For example, because Florida is conducive to sunbathing (for people and pets!),

Valentine’s Day Dangers for Pets

With Valentine’s Day coming up this week, you may have a lot of sweet treats, especially chocolates, around the house, ready to give to your loved ones. But it’s especially important to keep in mind during this time of year just how dangerous chocolate, even in small amounts, can be to your pets. No matter how much you want to show your furry friends that you love them,