Entries by Stephen McFarland

Antifreeze Poisoning

Antifreeze and windshield washer fluids contain a product called ethylene glycol. Ethylene glycol is sweet and has a taste that is attractive to both dogs and cats. Just a small amount of antifreeze consumed by a pet can cause irreversible kidney damage, leading to coma and death. Animals are often poisoned by licking up spills […]

Fan Belt Injuries in Cats

On a recent visit, Debby’s sister tried to talk her into adopting a kitten. Debby loves animals, but didn’t really need another cat, and she had her sales resistance at a high level. She left for the drive back to Clarkston without a new kitten… At least she thought. She parked in her driveway, shut […]

Winter Paw Care

During the winter months, dogs’ paws are often swollen and irritated. Examination of the interdigital (between the toes) area reveals red, inflamed skin. This condition is often very painful, causing the dog to walk with a limp. This problem is generally seen in small breed dogs. Often the first symptom is an incessant licking of […]

Doghouse Recommendations

Most dogs can live outdoors, even during the winter months. Some breeds do not tolerate the cold very well and should not live outdoors. (Whippets, Italian Greyhounds, chihuahua, etc.) These dogs cannot tolerate the cold for long periods of time and develop hypothermia very quickly. Large dogs living outdoors should have a cozy, insulated dog […]

Pet Care Tips for the Winter

Winter is a difficult time for pets. Outdoor animals need extra care in order to cope with the cold weather. Special attention should also be paid to older animals, young puppies and animals with short coats. It is important for all animals to be properly nourished during the winter months. Outdoor animals require about 25 […]

Taking Your Dog on Vacation

Whether you leave Rover home or bring him on vacation, plans for your trip should be made well in advance. If Rover is going on vacation, you must consider his personality. If you are not sure about his personality, or if he behaves differently with you than with other people, ask a friend (or several) […]

Insecticide Poisoning

The most common cause of poisoning in dogs and cats is from insecticides. Presently there are more than 25,000 insecticides registered for use in the United States. Insecticides used to control fleas on pets cause the majority of poisonings. Some animals are overly sensitive to flea products (insecticides used to control fleas) and in other […]

Biology of the Cat and Dog Flea

Fleas are magical creatures that have been annoying animals for over 60 million years. With their flattened bodies and three pairs of powerful legs, they are magnificently adapted for jumping. The average flea is capable of jumping more than 100 times its own height. It is extremely easy for a flea to jump from one […]

Lawns, Toxic Plants and Outdoor Chemicals

Herbicides (weed killers), insecticides, rodent poison, and slug and snail bait are some of the toxic chemicals used outdoors that may be harmful to your pet. Each summer, insecticides and herbicides poison thousands of pets. When using these chemicals, follow the manufacturer’s directions carefully. Make sure that all receptacles and containers are thoroughly washed and […]