Jan 28th, 2016
Topics: General Blogs
A 12-year-old spayed female cat presents with a history of vomiting, drinking a lot of water, increased activity, and being more "grumpy" than usual. Her appetite is increased but she's lost several pounds and is now quite thin. Her haircoat is dull and poorly groomed (by herself). She has a normal temperature and the other cats at home are healthy. What is our first suspicion as a diagnosis and how do we test for it?         For a cat who presents with this set of symptoms, our primary rule-out is Hyperthyroidism. A simple blood test measuring high total thyroid hormone gives the diagnosis.    Hyperthyroidism occurs typically in middle-aged and older cats. High levels ... Continue Reading
Jan 7th, 2015 By: Dr. Shelby Bradberry
Topics: General Blogs
      When should my puppy start his vaccines?    Puppies should receive their first vaccines between 6 and 8 weeks of age.      Is one vaccine enough?    For puppies, vaccines should be repeated, or “boostered,” every 3-4 weeks until the puppy is 16 weeks or older. Other areas of the country only require boosters past 12 weeks of age. However, since we are a Parvovirus and Distemper endemic area, extending boosters past 16 weeks of age is the Gold Standard of care.    Why so many?   Puppies are born with antibodies from their mothers. These antibodies are meant to protect the puppy in the early weeks of life. However, these antibodies interfere with our vaccines’ efficacy. Thus, boosters are given in an ... Continue Reading
Oct 22nd, 2014 By: Dr. Shelby Bradberry
Topics: General Blogs

Most dogs and cats show allergies through intensely itchy skin, often on their paws, on the belly, and where the legs meet the body. Most ear infections are secondary to allergies and many pets display their allergies primarily through their ears. Excessive scratching can lead to extremely irritated, broken, and infected skin. Pets often scratch or lick affected areas. Enzymes in saliva can stain the hair, causing a reddish discoloration after excessive licking. Chronic skin irritation can lead to skin changes such as thickening, hardening, or increased pigmentation. 

It is important that bacterial and fungal skin infections, skin mites, and other possible causes of skin irritation be ruled out by thorough ... Continue Reading

Sep 15th, 2014 By: Dr. Shelby Bradberry
Topics: General Blogs

                  

Ever heard that Parvo can’t be treated? This is a common myth and although Canine Parvovirus is a virus, it can be treated by addressing secondary bacterial infections and symptoms with intensive care. When treated quickly and aggressively, around 90% of parvovirus patients go home happy and fully recovered.

Canine Parvovirus affects puppies and young adult dogs, most of whom are unvaccinated. It causes decreased appetite, vomiting, diarrhea, dehydration, bacterial infections, and death. Parvo is a very hearty virus and can live in the environment for many months. The virus is spread through direct contact, on food and water bowls, carried on our ... Continue Reading

May 31st, 2014 By: Dr. Shelby Bradberry
Topics: General Blogs

When we mention arthritis pain, for many owners the first thing that comes to mind is pain medication.  However, there are several other natural and less invasive factors that make up a large part of arthritis pain relief.

               

The basis of arthritis pain management includes 1) a healthy body weight and 2) daily, moderate exercise. These natural management strategies are also good for the patient’s cardiovascular and general health. Patients that are overweight experience more stress and trauma to the joints, which leads to inflammation and pain - painful dogs don’t want to exercise, they gain more weight, and the cycle continues.

Joints are somewhat ... Continue Reading