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 »

National Pet Dental Health Month – Discounted Dental Procedures at Anchor Animal Hospital

Did you know that dental disease is the most frequently diagnosed health problem in pets? Dental disease can cause significant problems for our dog and cat friends, particularly as they get older. Fortunately, veterinary dental techniques have been developed to prevent, minimize, or treat the damage caused by dental disease. Dog and cat mouths are […] Read more »

Continuing Education Updates – Dentistry

On Tuesday, November 18, we closed our door for the afternoon to present a lecture and wet lab for our technicians and doctors. Dr. Paul Mitchell, a boarded veterinary specialist in dentistry (AVCD), came to discuss the importance of dental health and recent advances in veterinary dentistry. Dr. Mitchell did a 3 year dental residency […] Read more »

Cold Weather Caution

Winter is here and with it comes the cold weather. While dogs and cats have fur coats that help provide protection from the elements, they are not immune to cold weather. The ability to tolerate cold weather depends on a number of factors including size, thickness of coat, age, general health, cold weather acclimation, and […] Read more »

Caring for Your Older Dog

Dogs age in a very similar way to humans, except that it happens faster. As they get older they begin to slow down, develop arthritis, have problems with vision or hearing, develop dental problems, may develop diseases such as diabetes or Cushing’s disease, develop liver or kidney problems, or even develop cancer. The best prevention […] Read more »