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Heatstroke Can Be Deadly to Your Pet by Frank Utchen, DVM

A dog with heatstroke? Sounds like all you need to do is let them cool down for a while. Actually, it’s a lot more serious than that and can be fatal. And by the time it’s detected it could be too late.

Every summer we see dogs presented in different stages of heatstroke. The sooner it is detected and corrective efforts are begun, the better chance a dog has of recovering.

What is heatstroke? Heatstroke is the syndrome of decline in mental status and damage to internal organs that happens when the body temperature rises too high. A dog suffering from heatstroke will often pant rapidly, drool, vomit, and beco... Read More

Debarking Your Dog by Frank Utchen, DVM

 Dr. Utchen, my dog barks incessantly while I am away at work and the neighbors are complaining. Do you have any suggestions -- is debarking a dog cruel? 


This is a timely question. A few weeks ago I wrote an article discussing ways to train a dog to bark less. However, there are situations where training fails for a variety of reasons, and when someone is threatened with having their dog taken away from them or euthanized because of the nuisance that barking can be, and in these cases debark surgery is an option. For those who want the full term, the procedure is called a ventriculocordectomy, and me... Read More

Canine Vaccine Recommendations


This is a combination vaccine against distemper, hepatitis, parainfluenza and parvovirus. These viruses can cause significant, life threatening diseases in dogs.  We recommend giving the DHPP vaccine every three years to all dogs over the age of one.  Rather than vaccinate every three years automatically, you can determine your dog’s level of immunity by measuring antibody titers every year, which is a way to determine more precisely when a dog’s immunity has diminished to inadequate levels and when revaccination is required.


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Canine Obesity

I have been told that my dog is obese and must be put on a diet. Is this true?

Nearly one-third (33%) of all adults in the United States are obese. Unfortunately, this same number now applies to our pets. Obesity leads to several diseases both in pets and people. Type II diabetes, heart disease and arthritis are the most common weight-related disorders.

Diet and weight reduction are the key to ensuring that your pet lives as long and healthy a life as possible.

What is obesity?

Obesity is defined as weighing 30% more th... Read More

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