Pet Connections

Five Ways to Sneak Healthy Eating into Your Life

by Kristen Lane, Certified Health Coach You’re a responsible and loving pet owner, making sure that your four-legged buddy gets the best of care, including high quality nutrition. But what about you?  If you’re like most Americans, you rely heavily on food that comes in a can, box, or bag. In other words, processed food. […]

Susan Merenstein,

Susan Merenstein, RPh/Owner of Murray Avenue Apothecary has over 35 years of pharmacy practice experience including pet therapies. In their on-site state-of-the-art compounding laboratory, certified technicians and pharmacists prepare innovative, economical, and easy-to-use dosage forms for animals. Susan and her dedicated and caring staff help veterinarians and animal care specialists solve a variety of medication […]

Five ways to keep your pets safe from winter cold

You might think dogs and cats are immune from winter, because of their nice, warm coats and thick paw pads. Actually, pets can suffer from frostbite, hypothermia and other winter dangers. Fortunately, our pets have a secret weapon to protect them, and it’s not fur. The secret weapon is you. As a pet owner, you […]

Acute Renal Failure PetConnections Winter 2019

Acute Renal Failure in Dogs and Cats By Jessica Romine, DVM, DACVIM, Board-Certified in Small Animal Internal Medicine, BluePearl Specialty and Emergency Pet Hospital in Southfield, Michigan The kidneys perform critical functions for dogs and cats, including filtering blood, eliminating waste in urine, and maintaining proper hydration, electrolyte balance, bone strength, blood pressure and red blood […]

Xylitol in Dogs : The Sweet Killer!!!!!

Samuel Durkan, DVM, DACVECC Co-medical Director at PVSEC BluePearl Pittsburgh What is Xylitol? It is a natural sugar substitute found in gum, candy, some medications (mostly children’s), peanut butter and in bulk for baking needs. Xylitol’s popularity is based on its anti-cavity producing properties, unlike sugar for people. This is its main fondness as a […]

Help! My Pet Has an Emergency!

Beth Rossi Since March of 2020, Veterinary practices have been busier than ever! People are home spending more time with their pets and adding new pet additions to their families.  In order to keep clients, pets, and staff safe, veterinarians have had to put into place new protocols and rules that take additional time to […]

The Power of the Shot – How Vaccines Save Pet Lives

By Becky L. Morrow, DVM As a pet parent, I’m sure you have gone to the vet to get your dog or cat her “shots,” but do you know how they protect your pet or what diseases are being prevented? Being a shelter vet and facing the reality of outbreaks that can wipe out entire […]

Surviving the Holiday Season After Losing a Beloved Pet

As we all know, the holiday season is one of the busiest times of the year. The to-do lists are extensive, with cooking or baking, multiple family gatherings, shopping, and decorating being just a few items found on peoples’ lists. But what if the holiday season is challenging for you to get through? Whether it […]

Hip Dysplasia and Total Hip Replacement in the Dog

Hip dysplasia and resulting hip osteoarthritis is a common condition in some of the medium to larger breeds of dogs.  Often, these dogs can be relatively asymptomatic, but for some, this condition results in significant loss of comfort and function.  The hip joint consists of a socket (the acetabulum), and the head of the femur […]

How Sweet It Isn’t – Diabetes in Cats and Dogs

As you probably already know, diabetes has something to do with blood glucose (a sugar) and insulin. After we eat and food is digested, the glucose and other nutrients enter the bloodstream to be delivered to our cells. Cells need energy to survive and perform their various functions. These nutrients also provide building blocks for […]