Many dogs love the water. But when there's a thick coating of algae, it may be best to pass on the swimming because that algal bloom could be harmful to their health.
Glaucoma can develop in any breed of dog or cat. A number of breeds of cats and dogs are especially likely to develop this disease and, together with those having a history of certain medical conditions, are candidates for regular glaucoma screening. It could save your pet's vision!
Prevention is the best medicine, and these two books (one for dogs, one for cats) each contain 101 tips that may help you keep your beloved companion out of the emergency room. They also have short case studies relating to the various tips, with outcomes both humorous and tragic.
EPA regulations have led to a change in the active ingredient in many rodenticides. Be sure to keep the packaging if you use these products, as it lists the active ingredient, and bring it or any identifying material with you if you have to go to the ER.
It is a common assumption that if a cat is straining in the litter box, he is constipated. However, primarily in male cats, a more concerning and life-threatening reason for straining in the litter box is a urethral obstruction.
Cats are masters at hiding signs of illness; keeping your eyes open for these signs can help you figure out when they need help.
Fear Free is a program for veterinary professionals, the pet professional community, and pet owners that is focused on alleviating fear, anxiety, and stress before and during visits to the veterinary hospital.
Primary Care will be closed on July 4th; ER Care will be open as always.
It's time to celebrate Independence Day, but your pets may need a little extra consideration, especially once the fireworks start.
Heat stroke can have rapid onset and is a life-threatening issue for the canine patient. Any dog left in a closed-windowed car on a hot day, for example, can develop life-threatening hyperthermia in a matter of minutes. Learn to recognize the signs that your dog is at risk.
Veterinarians get that question a lot, and we can usually offer an educated guess about the parentage of an adult dog. But for a more definitive look into your dog's ancestry, science can provide the solution.
Your dog's labor and delivery was a success and you now have a litter of squirming little puppies. Make sure mama's needs are met (food, water, elimination) and she'll usually know how to care for her pups, but there are some things to watch out for to make sure both mom and puppers stay healthy.
Ann Arbor Animal hospital will be closed for routine care on Sunday, June 17th, for Father's Day. Emergency services will remain open all day for veterinary emergencies.
Your dog will likely be exhausted after delivering her litter of puppies. Keep her comfortable, allow her to get plenty of rest, and watch out for things like excessive bleeding following delivery. Keep reading for problems that can arise and other warning signs.
It is an exciting time to have new puppies in the house, but your pregnant dog can experience complications before, during and after whelping. Visit your veterinarian so you know what to expect on the big day, and pay attention to the warning signs that things may not be progressing correctly.
Tick season is in full swing in Washtenaw County, and the Ann Arbor Animal Hospital is pulling a lot of ticks off of dogs right now. The biggest concern with these parasites is Lyme disease, and this past year individuals have contracted Lyme disease from local ticks without leaving the county.
Primary Care will be closed on Sunday and Monday for Memorial Day. ER will remain open.
Black fly bites my look awful, but pets usually don't really mind them. In cases where they do, Dr. Critchfield has some suggestions on how to help your pet deal with these insect bites.
Iris, a Borzoi Sighthound, was everything her owner Meaghan had hoped-- until she wasn’t quite herself one evening. A life-threatening illness proved to be the culprit, and quick action and a lot of care saved Iris' life.
Ann Arbor Animal Hospital will be taking non-medical boarders through Memorial Day weekend. Call us at 734-662-4474 to make arrangements.