Kitchen Cabinet Pharmacy – Honey

Honey has a long medicinal history. The ancient Egyptians not only made offerings of honey to their gods, they also used it as an embalming fluid and a dressing for wounds. On that last point, at least, they were on to something. Today, many people swarm to honey for...

This Halloween, Remember Chocolate is Toxic to Pets

With Halloween just around the corner, vets know the odds of seeing some really *scary* cases increases exponentially. What can cause a medical nightmare this time of year? Anyone whose Labrador has ever stolen their Halloween candy haul will tell you. In this blog,...

Veterinary Uses for Turmeric Herb

Turmeric has been used in Asia for thousands of years. It was first used as a dye, and then later for its medicinal properties. The name of the genus, Curcuma, is from an Arabic name of both saffron and turmeric. Turmeric is a warm and pungent herb. Its repertoire of...

Euthanasia: The Decision, The Guilt, The Gift

No one likes to discuss euthanasia. It is a difficult, but necessary, part of veterinary medicine and, by far, the one that weighs the heaviest on the heart of both the owner and the veterinarian. From the perspective of the veterinarian, you have to admit first to...

Why Heartworm Prevention is So Important

I grew up in a climate that had long, cold, snow-covered winters.  While I am not suggesting that I found that situation enjoyable, it did tend to prevent situations like I faced this past January, where I spent several intense, moments trying to destroy the...

Over The Counter Pain Medication and Your Pet

Seeing your pet in pain is difficult. Sometimes you know that they have just over-played or that they have arthritis pain only when the weather gets colder. Taking them to the vet for minor aches and pains sometimes feels like both a waste of money and a lot of...

An Average Day as a Veterinary Assistant

Here is a look at a day in the life of a Veterinary Assistant… 8:00 AM – Clock in to the sound of ringing phones. Answer phones, make appointments, start a load of leftover laundry from yesterday. Begin the process of calling to check the status of...

The Canine Prostate: Function and Dysfunction

Prince, a 7 year-old unneutered German Shepherd, was not feeling his best. He’d been having trouble urinating more than small amounts at a time for a couple of days. He’d had an accident in the house, which was very unlike him. And sometimes he leaked a little urine...