The Vet Is In

  • Leadership and Guidance

    Dogs have lived side by side with humans for centuries. As companions, the goal is to provide dogs with appropriate guidance and leadership so that they learn the rules and customs of living in human society.

  • Handling Your Puppy

    This article is the eighth in Dr. Palazzolo’s series on dog behavior. The next goal is to prepare your puppy to be handled, restrained and groomed throughout its life.

  • Handling Your Puppy

    All dogs will eventually have to be groomed, vaccinated, examined and at times restrained, so it’s best to teach your dog early in its life to if not enjoy these procedures, then at least allow them to be carried out.

  • Orthopedic Problems—Luxating Patella

    The patella—what we commonly call the kneecap—slides up and down a groove between the femur and the tibia. It is attached to a muscle that flexes the joint and allows for smooth movement of the rear legs for walking and running.

  • Orthopedic Problems—Cruciate Disease

    Dogs sometimes develop a problem with a ligament on the inside of the knee joint that keeps the knee tight and functioning smoothly. This ligament is called the anterior cruciate ligament. A ruptured cranial cruciate ligament (RCCL) refers to a tear or a rupture; in humans, this is known as

  • Euthanasia—Making the Decision

    This week and next, Dr. Palazzolo writes about a sensitive issue. We hope it helps anyone facing this emotion-filled decision. If you’re one of them, our hearts are with yours.

  • Emotional Needs Following Pet Euthanasia

    The loss of a pet is sometimes not appreciated by those who have had no similar experiences or can’t relate to a pet as a loved one. When a loss happens, there are steps to deal with the pain. The first thing to realize is that your feelings of grief and sadness are real. Your pet provided you

  • Euthanasia Protocol

    When euthanasia is appropriate, a humane and empathetic veterinarian will help your pet medically in any way you need, and we’re no different at LBAH. Veterinarians have different protocols for the pet’s human companion.

  • In Memoriam—Pet Mementos

    People who have shared their lives with a beloved companion often want a keepsake to remember the loved one by—photos, jewelry, ashes. That a pet is a loved one goes without saying. Human companions will often save a favorite toy, a collar or a food dish and also memorialize their friend on

  • Treatment of Hip Dysplasia

    Dogs with mild symptoms and minor radiographic changes can sometimes be treated medically. Please be aware that dogs, especially large-breed ones, can be stoic. They want to please you and can appear happy and healthy. What they are showing you on the outside is not always how they

  • Common Medical Problems of Toy Breed Dogs—Hypoglycemia

    This is the first in a series of articles addressing medical problems of small-breed dogs.

  • Common Medical Problems of Toy Breeds: Fractures

    This is the second in a series of occasional articles addressing medical problems of small-breed dogs.

  • Common Medical Problems of Toy Breed Dogs—Liver Shunt

    A liver shunt, more correctly called a portosystemic shunt, is not uncommon in toy breeds. In this disease, blood vessels, which should normally flow into the liver, bypass it. The liver cannot do its job, and ammonia from protein metabolism that is usually detoxified by the

  • Hip Dysplasia—Symptoms and Diagnosis

    Signs of lameness can develop in a growing puppy that may be afflicted with dysplasia. Pain and stiffness in one or both rear legs might be seen as early as 3 or 4 months of age, or they may not be apparent until the puppy is 1 year or 2 years old.

  • Dog Bites, Part 2—Prevention

    Even the quietest and gentlest of dogs is capable of using what nature has given them if they feel sufficiently threatened. Most dogs will actually announce when they are about to bite. Knowing the warning signs is very important. Some of them are subtle, so observation is important. 

  • Cat Bites—Part 1: Treatment

    Cats can be particular creatures in their response to unexpected changes in their environment. A loving and gentle cat can quickly become scared or anxious under stressful conditions. This could lead to a nasty bite.

  • Cat Bites, Part 2: Prevention

    Last Monday’s article talked about dealing with cat bites. This week, Dr. Wood and Dr. Palazzolo will describe how to prevent them.

  • Can a Cat Scratch Make You Sick?

    Cat scratch disease, sometimes known as cat scratch fever, is caused by an infection with a bacterium called Bartonella henselae (as well as other Bartonella species). It is spread from cat saliva to people through broken skin. People can get infected via scratches, bites or even

  • Summer May Be Over, but Heatstroke in Pets Is Still a Danger

    With today’s changing weather patterns, we’re never sure how hot it’s going to be. It’s October, and at this writing, they’re predicting 80 degree temps for Monday. Summertime isn’t the only time to remind everyone that dogs do not tolerate heat well; it’s sometimes assumed that this is only a

  • Holiday Threats to the Health of Pets

    The holidays may promise great times, but they also promise increased chances for pets to become ill. It is easy to forget just how many dangers are present to pets this time of year, especially as we get caught up in celebrating the season.