Posts Categorized: Veterinary Care Issues

Why Does Your Pet Need a Dental Exam?

Does your pet have bad breath?  It could be a symptom of periodontal disease.  As Dr. Katie Teutemacher of our Merriam Veterinary Care Center explains, dog and cat owners should take their pet’s dental health seriously. Q.) Why are regular dental exams for dogs and cats necessary? A.) Dr. Teutemacher: It is very important to… Read more »

Prevention & Treatment: Hip Dysplasia in Dogs

What is hip dysplasia in dogs, and what treatment options are available? How can you help prevent hip problems for your pet?  Dr. Jacqueline Morino of our Merriam Veterinary Care Center answers your questions! What exactly is hip dysplasia?  Morino: Hip dysplasia starts out as laxity, or looseness, within the hip joint.  Since it is a… Read more »

Keeping your pets safe during the holidays

Chase is Great Plains SPCA’s 2016 Furry Face! Throughout the year you will see Chase pop up on the blog to share important information from our staff about things that are most important to cats like him. By: Dr. Jennifer Ramsey, DVM The holidays are times of joy and celebration for everyone.  Make sure the holidays… Read more »

Arthritis Management in Pets

Hannah is Great Plains SPCA’s 2016 Furry Face! Throughout the year you will see Hannah pop up on the blog to share important information from our staff about things that are most important to dogs like her. By: Dr. Madeleine Little, DVM Ahh, the wonderful season of fall. The crisp cool air and crunchy leaves just beg… Read more »

Is My Pet Overweight?

Chase is Great Plains SPCA’s 2016 Furry Face! Throughout the year you will see Chase pop up on the blog to share important information from our staff about things that are most important to cats like him. By: Jennifer Ramsey, DVM Is your pooch getting too plump?  Is Fluffy a bit too flabby?  Just like people,… Read more »

Separation Anxiety in Dogs

Hannah is Great Plains SPCA’s 2016 Furry Face! Throughout the year you will see Hannah pop up on the blog to share important information from our staff about things that are most important to dogs like her.  By Nicole Slater, DVM As a veterinarian, a common behavioral concern that dog owners ask me about is… Read more »

What in the world are FIV and FeLV?

2016 Great Plains SPCA Furry Face Chase will be sharing stories of important to his feline friends in the coming months. This month, Chase asked Independence Campus Veterinarian Dr. Kelly to share important information about two feline diseases that can be very scary and confusing for their owners.  Cats are said to have nine lives… Read more »

The Scoop on Poop

By: Dr. Heather Martin Dr. Martin has 14 years of experience as a Veterinarian. She is passionate about chocolate, puppies, and kittens (but not necessarily in that order). She says that pets are as essential to her life as food or air. She can be found in her downtime reading and caring for her eight… Read more »

Canine Influenza and What You Need to Know

Headlines reading “Animal Shelter Halts Adoptions After Hundreds of Dogs Contract Dog Flu,” “Dogs Dying From Flu,” and worse are filling your Facebook news feed and causing panic among dog owners. Canine Influenza is reaching epidemic levels across the United States, and many do not know what it is or how they can keep their dog… Read more »

Summer Picnics, Camp Outs, Backyard Fun and… Fleas & Ticks!

By. Dr. Heath Brown, DVM While spring and summer days offer the opportunity to get outside and enjoy the weather, they also bring the possibility of encountering some very small, yet very dangerous, bugs. Let’s take a closer look. All About Fleas Although adult fleas are only about the size of a small grain of… Read more »