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If I could tell you how to greatly lower your pet’s odds of getting arthritis in a free manner that would help you save money, would you do it? A recent study involving Golden Retrievers, showed that an amazing 66% were euthanized because of complications from arthritis. What a tragic loss.

It has been shown that fat cells are your pet’s worst enemies when stretched. Fat tissue is not very active when it is not stretched by gaining weight. As soon as those cells start to fill and get stretched, they turn into little factories that secrete some very damaging substances that destroy pet’s cartilage and promote inflammation in joints.

The single most significant factor to prevent arthritis is to get your pet’s weight under control.

How do you know if your pet is overweight? Look at these illustrations and compare them with your pet.


So, how do you get your pet to that ideal weight? The solution for most pets is pretty easy.

  1. Lower the daily food intake for your pet. Look at the back of the bag for the feeding amounts your pet should have. If your dog weighs 100lbs, and should weigh 60lbs, gradually start decreasing the amount of food they take in. Start with 5-10 lbs at a time. Once they reach their “goal” set a new one.
  2. Exercise! Take walks, play in the yard, go for a bike ride with your pet. Not only does exercise decrease the pet’s weight, in increases the bond between
  3.  Consider a weight loss food for your pet. There are many options available in pet stores. We also carry a veterinary recommended diet for weight loss called Hills Metabolic. It is specifically formulated to help your pet lose weight and we have had great success with our patients who have switched to this food. You can learn more about the metabolic diets we carry at the Hills Website.

CatInCarrierIf you are concerned about bringing kitty into the veterinary office, you are not alone. Some owners put off bringing their cats in for physical exams until late in a disease process. Cats are wired to hide any of their problems in nature so they are not targets for larger animals that wish to harm them. They are great at it.

There are some good techniques for making the transportation and the vet experience much better. We can help.


  • FeliwayImageGet them used to the carrier. Put it out days to weeks before. Put very tasty treats, catnip, and toys in the carrier.
  • Pick up some “kitty happy pheromone” called Feliway and spray in the cage and on a towel. We have this available in our office.
  • Make appointment – We will try to schedule you at the right time to minimize noise and get you into a room quickly
  • Once in the room, open the carrier and let them explore. We will have already sprayed some of the Feliway in the room and on a towel.

Each time you visit, the kitty will usually get more and more relaxed and you will too. If you have a specific question, please don’t hesitate to call or email us.

-Dr Jim.

It has been a difficult couple of weeks. I feel bad when someone suffers a loss of a pet, but some hurt more than others. Just recently, one hit especially close to home. I have a 12 year old


standard poodle named Lucy. She has been a real delight in our lives. Six years ago, she had her last puppies. One of those was Sam. He was a sweet, high-energy, people-loving puppy from the very beginning. He would sit on my feet whenever I stood still for long. All the other puppies in the litter were always running around. My wife and I were delighted when some dear friends of ours adopted him into their home. This couple had one of our puppies before and it was time for a new one. We knew Sam had won the doggie lottery! It was a perfect fit. He brought joy and excitement wherever he went. He loved coming in to the hospital for group play and to visit with his friends.

Right before Thanksgiving, Sam ate a hand towel. The owners recognized it was missing and brought him in for x-rays. The gas pattern was unmistakable. He had eaten it and was having an obstruction. He was in great shape so we started him on fluids and got him into surgery quickly.


Sure enough, we found parts of the towel in the stomach, small intestine, and large intestine. We removed the pieces we needed to and moved the rest into the large intestine. Later, after surgery, he passed the rest from his large intestine. He was more depressed than expected, but seemed to be brightening up the next morning. Same was resting comfortably and had pink gums and no fever.

I went to lunch on Saturday and was going to check on Sam an hour later. One of my lodging staff called me and said that she checked on him and he wasn’t breathing. I hurried in to check on him and he had passed away. This was so unexpected and sudden. It is so frustrating for me when we do something right and still lose a patient. He must have thrown an embolism, clot or thrombus. It is so rare, but can happen with any surgery.

My heart goes out to the owners, especially after telling them everything went well with the surgery and Sam could go home soon. He was only six years old!

My dog is twelve and I know I won’t have her for many more years, and that hurts. She is a wonderful dog. I only wish I had another puppy for my friends to ease their hurt. Sam will leave a big hole in their lives and ours also.

-Dr. Jim

SeniorDogDid you know our pets can have dementia or cognitive impairment?  I was examining Rocky, a 10-year-old boxer, the other day.  His owners were concerned that he just seemed older lately.  He was pacing, not playing with toys, seemed more anxious, and would seemingly get lost in corners.  The owner said, “he just seems like he is not there sometimes.  The lights are on, but no one is home.”  He was also having occasional accidents in the house.  I examined him to rule out some underlying causes like hypothyroidism, low blood sugar, anemia, and urinary tract infection. We checked some blood for various things and everything came back normal.  I was beginning to think this was a cognition problem.  Dogs and cats both can suffer from this, and they can respond to medication and supplements.  My own dog, Gretel, became senile at 10 years of age.  We started her on a medication called Selegeline.  She responded by being normal and active for 2 more years. That was some time ago. Since then, we know other things to do. The medicine is number one, but now we know that omega 3 fatty acids and non steroidal anti-inflammatories help.  Plus there are several diets designed to help older animals cope with dementia. If your pet is showing any of these signs, let us know. Maybe we can help you!

-Dr. Jim

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James Cosby II
James Cosby II
posted 6 months ago

I have utilized the boarding facility numerous times over the past 3 years. The staff is friendly and courteous. I own 4 American Bullies and they do a wonderful job with them. They treat my dogs as I would treat my dogs and that's with the utmost love and care. The facility is immaculate. I have them wash my dogs and they do a superb job. I highly recommend them if you are looking for boarding and/or grooming. Utilizing their services is money well spent.

Cheryl Posey
Cheryl Posey
posted 1 month ago

I've been taking my dogs to Dr Jim for almost 16 years and can't say enough good things about him, the other vets and staff. Everyone has taken such good care of my pets, I can't imagine going anywhere else. I truly believe that if it weren't for the excellent care my Pomeranian Fiona has received during the past three years with Dr Jim, thst she wouldn't be here with me today.

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