Welcoming a new pet into your home is a momentous occasion, but it requires thoughtful preparation to ensure a seamless transition for both your new addition and any existing pets. To provide valuable guidance on this matter, CHFA veterinarian Dr. Mincks shares invaluable insights and strategies for introducing a new pet to your household.
Technology continues to evolve in pet healthcare, offering novel solutions for managing various conditions. One such innovation is the use of continuous glucose monitoring systems, not just for humans, but also for our animal companions. Meet Rust, a resilient Australian Cattle Dog who has been navigating life with diabetes for the past 18 months. His story sheds light on the transformative impact of the FreeStyle Libre for dogs.
Here in Michigan, the snow is finally starting to fall and temperatures have gotten lower. The snowy weather may be beautiful to look at for us humans, but we also need to remember our furry companions may need extra care during the winter months. From icy pavements to freezing temperatures, Michigan's winter can pose unique challenges for pets. In this blog post, we'll explore practical tips on how to protect your pets and keep them safe, happy, and warm during the chilly Michigan winter.
Cats are known for their independent and fastidious nature, but even the most well-behaved feline friends can exhibit inappropriate litter box behavior if their needs aren't met. As a responsible cat owner, it's essential to create a conducive environment that encourages proper litter box habits. Dr. Maia Godfrey of CHFA shares some tips to avoid common pitfalls and ensure your cat's litter box experience is nothing short of purr-fect.
Kittens can be an incredibly rewarding new addition to any family. They’re playful, curious, and, above all, adorable. As small as they are, though, they’re a big responsibility. If you’re welcoming a new kitten into your home, whether you’re a first time cat owner or a veteran, you naturally have lots of questions about how best to care for your bundle of joy. Dr. Justine Rasche is familiar with the most common questions people have when they bring new kittens in to see us, and breaks them down for us below!
Volunteering comes naturally to Dr. Ashley Solnik. In August she took part in her second volunteer stint as the surgical veterinarian for a weekend clinic put on by a nonprofit called The Parker Project. “I’ve always had a drive to help others in need, and this is a way I can give back, by using my skills that I have,” she says.
Seeing your dog show signs of slowing down is never easy. Sometimes the culprit is not necessarily aging alone, but osteoarthritis, which can make movement more difficult and painful. There’s no cure for this condition, but its effects can be controlled with treatment. If you talk to your veterinarian about your dog’s symptoms and testing reveals a diagnosis of osteoarthritis, some of the available treatments you and your veterinarian might discuss include a combination of medications and non-pharmaceutical interventions (physical rehabilitation, acupuncture, laser therapy, and nutritional supplements, for example), says Dr. Becky Schaffer.
It’s no secret that cats love to play and have the run of the house. But if your cat seems to lose interest in chasing toys or if hopping up on the couch becomes a chore for them, talk to your vet about the possibility of osteoarthritis. Osteoarthritis is a painful, degenerative joint condition that occurs when the tissue in a cat’s joints begins to wear down, causing the bones to rub together. The result is detrimental to the cat’s quality of life, making movement difficult and potentially causing severe pain.