The Danger In Feeding Bones

As veterinarians we know that bones can be dangerous for both dogs and cats, and we recommend to not feed bones to your pets. We have seen catastrophic results due to ingestion of bones. Recently the FDA released a paper on this subject and we wish to pass it along to you. All 10 points […] Read more »

Anchor Animal Hospital receives AAHA accreditation

DARTMOUTH — Anchor Animal Hospital of North Dartmouth has again received accreditation following a comprehensive evaluation by the American Animal Hospital Association. The evaluation includes a quality assessment review of the hospital’s facility, medical equipment, practice methods and pet health care management. Only 15 percent of all small animal veterinary practices in the U.S. have […] Read more »

Cats & Heart Disease

Cats like dogs and humans can suffer from heart disease. It’s interesting to note that each of these species is prone to a different form of heart disease. Humans are most likely to have coronary artery disease which may cause heart attacks. Dogs most commonly have valvular disease in which one or more of the […] Read more »

Pet Health Diary

You can assist your veterinarian in the care of your pet by keeping a pet health diary. Your diary doesn’t have to include the typical day. Diaries are important when you detect health or behavioral changes or when you suspect that your pet is ill. Start your diary by recording veterinary visits, vaccinations, flea treatments, […] Read more »

Raw Food Diet

The following was excerpted from an article published in the Massachusetts Veterinary Medical Association Newsletter earlier this year. In recent years, raw food diets have become popular among certain pet owners. Many veterinarians believe that raw diets are not only inferior but can also be dangerous for our pets. Recently Dr. Lisa Freeman, a veterinarian […] Read more »

What your vets have been up to….

The doctors at Anchor Animal Hospital frequently attend national conferences to learn the most up to date medical information and bring the latest medical and surgical techniques back to Anchor Animal Hospital. Drs. Katherine and Gerald Pietsch attended the Annual Penn Conference presented by the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine. The conference was […] Read more »

Heartworm and cats

For years the veterinary profession has recognized the threat of canine heartworm infection and promoted monthly prophylactic medication to protect dogs from this parasite. Over those years, we erroneously believed that cats were at minimal or no risk. New findings, however, indicate that cats are both at much higher risk and much more seriously affected […] Read more »

Degenerative myelopathy

Research at the Broad Institute of Harvard University and the University of Missouri’s College of Veterinary Medicine has demonstrated a genetic link between degenerative myelopathy, DM, (degeneration of nerves) in dogs and Lou Gehrig’s disease in humans. A spontaneous genetic mutation in dogs causing nerve degeneration is the same mutation which in humans causes Lou […] Read more »

Rabbit Nutrition

Rabbits are friendly, interactive pets that can be a member of you family for 8 to 12 years if provided proper nutrition and husbandry. Here are some guidelines and hints to help keep your bunny healthy. General Feeding Guidelines Timothy Hay or Orchard Grass at ALL times (no Alfalfa Please) Fresh water at all times […] Read more »

Dealing with skunk odor

If your pet goes outdoors, the day may come when he or she has been sprayed by a skunk. How are you going to deal with this? First remember to prepare yourself for this exercise. Put on rubber gloves, and wear clothing and shoes which can be thrown into the washing machine or thrown out. […] Read more »