Featured Articles on Canine Health

  • Safe and Happy Fourth of July - Time for the big and beautiful firework displays throughout our communities! This can be a stressful time for many dogs because those loud boomers can be frightening for our canine family members. There are many things we can do to help lessen the stress and help them through. -Closing all windows and doors in your […]
  • Heat Stroke - Could it happen to your Golden? With the hot temperatures of the summer months, it is extremely important to prevent your dog from overheating. Dogs cannot tell you when their temperature rises and it is our responsibility to ensure that they have sufficient shelter from the sun, adequate water to drink, and a way to […]
  • Pets and Pests - by Sue Averill with Dawn Burke, DVM There are many tiny critters that would like to use your dog as a food source, home, mode of transportation, or all of these together. Some are mild irritants, and some can be life threatening. Flying insects are seasonal pests here in the Northeast. Fleas and ticks are […]
  • Heartworm Disease - by Sue Averill with Dawn Burke, DVM Here in the Northeast, warm weather brings the mosquitoes out of hibernation. Infested mosquitoes transmit heartworms to dogs that they feed on. Untreated, heartworm is fatal, so prevention is vital. Veterinarians will require an annual heartworm test prior to dispensing heartworm preventative. Administering a preventative to an infected […]
  • Gastric Dilation / Bloat - by the Editor, Golden Times This is a true veterinary emergency. Bloat with a possible stomach twist (torsion) is one of the most dangerous intestinal disorders known in canine medicine. The exact cause of canine bloat is unknown; however, it is believed to be brought on by abnormal stomach function. The stomach becomes excessively dilated […]
  • Lyme Disease - by Dawn Burke, DVM Lyme disease is caused by the spirochete (spiral shaped bacteria) Borrelia burgdorferi which is transmitted to dogs from the bite of an infected deer tick (Ixodes scapularis). The first case of Lyme disease in dogs was reported in 1984. Besides causing arthritis, Lyme disease can also affect the kidneys, heart, and […]
  • Dog Obesity - by Sue Averill Overweight dogs that have conditions such as arthritis, hip dysplasia and over-angulated joints, (pasterns, hocks and stifles) suffer greater pain, which causes a greatly reduced quality of life. Obesity in dogs can cause stroke, diabetes, shortness of breath and heart attacks. An overweight dog may have certain conditions that would be exacerbated […]