All posts by Dr. Leslie Yow

Help your pets enjoy growing older

web-pet-graphicRecent headlines about Guinness World Records naming a new “World’s Oldest Cat” has sparked some questions about the longevity of pets.

A 26-year-old feline named Corduroy was named the current record holder. Corduroy was born Aug. 1, 1989. and grew up on a farm in Oregon.

The oldest cat ever recorded was a 38-year-cat named Creme Puff (Aug. 3, 1967-Aug. 6, 2005), according to the 2010 edition of Guinness World Records.

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Happy belated Microchip Day!

A LITTLE CHIP’LL DO YA — A microchip about the size of a grain of rice is planted under the skin between the shoulder blades. The animal doesn’t know it’s there, but you do, offering peace of mind should your animal get lost or stolen. (PHOTO: www.vetwest.com.au)
A LITTLE CHIP’LL DO YA — A microchip about the size of a grain of rice is planted under the skin between the shoulder blades. The animal doesn’t know it’s there, but you do, offering peace of mind should your animal get lost or stolen. (PHOTO: www.vetwest.com.au)

August 15th was “Check the Chip Day,” a day set aside to remind people of the importance of micro-chipping their pets.

The American Veterinary Medical Association and the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA), with support from HomeAgain, designated this day as a reminder for pet owners. The purpose of “Chip Day” is three-fold:

Continue reading Happy belated Microchip Day!

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Canine flu has hit NC; what you need to know

web-dog-flu-colorCanine Influenza has hit North Carolina. The virus was confirmed in a dog from Winston-Salem and in 3 dogs from Asheville.

There have been numerous suspected cases in Greensboro, but as of the NCDA press release on July 17, they have not been confirmed. A suspected case in Raleigh has also been reported.

Continue reading Canine flu has hit NC; what you need to know

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Thunderstorms, fireworks: A tough time of year for pets

I hope that all the readers of the HUB had a wonderful Fourth of July. This column is for those among us who didn’t enjoy the holiday — this is a very tough time of year for dogs that have fireworks and/or thunderstorm anxiety.

This anxiety can range from mild to intense; some dogs become very fearful and destructive and these anxieties can interfere with their (and their owners’) quality of life.

Continue reading Thunderstorms, fireworks: A tough time of year for pets

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Cats and heartworms: Take a shot at this quiz

READY FOR MY CLOSEUP — Too bad cuteness is not a protection against heartworms ... nor is being an indoor cat. (RAY CRISCOE photo)
READY FOR MY CLOSEUP — Too bad cuteness is not a protection against heartworms … nor is being an indoor cat. (RAY CRISCOE photo)

Yes, cats can get heartworm disease also!!  Let’s see if HUB readers do as well on the Feline Heartworm Quiz this month as you did on the Canine Heartworm Quiz last month.

Drum roll, please!

Continue reading Cats and heartworms: Take a shot at this quiz

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Dogs and heartworms and mosquitoes, oh my!

Can you pass this heartworm quiz?

Since warm weather is here and mosquitoes are buzzing, the topic of the week is heartworms in dogs. (Sorry, cats, “Heartworms in Cats” will have to wait.) See how well  you score on the heartworm test. If you get all 11 correct AND if your dog is on heartworm prevention, you don’t have to read the rest of the column!! Continue reading Dogs and heartworms and mosquitoes, oh my!

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Jerky treats for dogs: Use caution

Q.: Jerky treats: Safe or not?

This is a fairly common question, but it is not an easy one to answer because all the facts are not in.

Just out, a Feb. 19 article in VIN (Veterinary Information Service)  by Edie Lau shared some updated information on the issue:

http://news.vin.com/VINNews.aspx?articleId=35632.

I have to agree with the Snopes.com evaluation of the risk: “Undetermined.” Continue reading Jerky treats for dogs: Use caution

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Trimming your dog’s long nails

QUESTION: My dog’s nails are too long. How do I trim his nails?

The basic answer to this question is to start with small steps and reward desired behavior.

First, get your equipment together: Nail trimmer, Kwik Stop styptic powder (to cauterize any mishaps) and lots of treats. Another set of hands to hold the dog and give treats is highly useful.  For extremely fearful dogs, you may have to “ante up” highly desired (but low fat) treats, otherwise I use Cheerios. I like to use the collar and leash I use when training for control and so the dog is expecting a training/rewards session. Continue reading Trimming your dog’s long nails

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