Portrait of a Poop Eater: notes from the 2012 AVSAB Behavior Symposium

I spent the better part of today at the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior’s annual symposium listening to the best and brightest in our profession talk about–you guessed it–animal behavior. One lecture–about dogs that eat poop–really stood out as something I should share with all of you. We get lots of questions about this […]

Is it safe for my dog to drink out of the swimming pool?

Q: My dog likes to drink out of my swimming pool. Is this safe? What if it’s a salt system, instead of chlorine? A: Occasional drinks from a well-maintained pool are not harmful to most pets. Ah, the “big backyard water bowl!” We get this question all the time, and we’re happy to say that […]

HEARTWORM ALERT: 85298

Canine Heartworm Illustration

Dr. Burns diagnosed a new case of canine heartworm disease in ZIP code 85298—right in our own backyard—this week. If your dog isn’t tested annually and getting monthly preventive medication, call today for an appointment. If your dog is on a preventive, but has gone six weeks or more between any two doses, testing should […]

Valley Fever in Dogs: Diagnosis and Treatment

Our friend Jodie over at Happy Dog Phoenix recently asked me about the health risks associated with summer dust storms. Answering her question got me thinking about Valley Fever. Most dog owners in Arizona have heard about this disease. This should come as no surprise, since one study estimates that nearly four out of every […]

Wordless Wednesday: Nap Time

Wordless Wednesday: Summer

Wordless Wednesday: Pool Party

C Billy Griswold, DVM

Taking Dogs to Rocky Point

Q: Our family is headed to Rocky Point with our dog. Are there any pet health risks I should be aware of when traveling to Mexico? A: Parasites and infectious diseases are the biggest risks associated with travel to Mexico. With proper preparation, risks can be minimized and taking dogs to Rocky Point can be […]

Do dogs going to Mexico need a pet health certificate?

Q: We want to take our family dog with us on a trip to Rocky Point this summer. Do we need a pet health certificate for dogs going to Mexico? Is there any other paperwork? A: According to the Mexican Consulate, a health certificate issued by a licensed veterinarian and proof of vaccination against rabies […]

Wordless Wednesday: Buddies

Archie and Delta