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Frequently Asked Questions About Puppies

Frequently Asked Questions About Puppies

How much food should I feed my puppy? “About 1/3 less than whatever the bag recommends“. I think pet food manufacturers are trying to overfeed our puppies, sell more dog food, and make our pets fat. Don’t panic if your dog won’t eat as much as the bag says. In fact, if your puppy is…

Veterinarian approved healthy dog and cat treats.

Veterinarian approved healthy dog and cat treats.

With all the talk of pet food recalls in the last few months, pet parents ask me all the time what I recommend for “treating” their cat or dog. Once upon a time I discussed Vet Recommended Safe Dog and Cat Toys and Chews, and today I’m going to discuss “good” pet treats. Treating your…

Vet Recommended Safe Dog and Cat Toys and Chews

Vet Recommended Safe Dog and Cat Toys and Chews

I get asked by my clients all the time which toys and chews I recommend, that are safe, inexpensive, and keep their pets happy. The following is a list of my personal favorites. RULE #1: A toy must be soft enough that you can indent it with your thumbnail. Actual animal bones, or super hard…

When to Take a Dog with Diarrhea to the Vet

When to Take a Dog with Diarrhea to the Vet

The most common presenting dog symptoms to our Indianapolis veterinary clinic are allergies and itchy skin, vomiting, and diarrhea. Dog diarrhea causes – Parvo Parvo is a very contagious viral diarrhea of young, unvaccinated puppies. Parvovirus attacks rapidly dividing cells like those that line the intestines and those that fight infections. So not only does…

Everything you never wanted to know about cat urine.

Everything you never wanted to know about cat urine.

Cats are glorious creatures. Motion optimized, aesthetically pleasing, low maintenance, warm, fuzzy, furry, cute, and they purr. I mean, come on, could you ask for a more perfect pet? In this cat lover’s opinion, cats have only one major design flaw: kitties were designed with a poorly functioning elimination system. Specifically, their kidneys are weak,…

Veterinarian approved supplements for dogs and cats

Veterinarian approved supplements for dogs and cats

Glucosamine Research into glucosamine for the treatment of arthritis in dogs, cats and humans has been ongoing for over 15 years. There is some laboratory evidence that taking a glucosamine sulfate supplement may slow down the development of arthritis in humans, dogs and cats, although the clinical impact of this effect is unclear. Glucosamine does…

Euthanasia

Euthanasia

This is my fourth clinic post about euthanasia. Why is euthanasia such a big deal? Because euthanasia is a veterinarian’s most powerful tool; used judiciously, euthanasia gives the ultimate release from pain. Euthanasia has the capability of relieving more suffering than all other drugs or surgeries or procedures or treatments combined. When pain can no…

Scooting in dogs and cats – not just anal glands!

Scooting in dogs and cats – not just anal glands!

There are five primary reasons why dogs and cats chew or scratch at their hind ends. Worms Without dwelling on this much, suffice it to say that worms can cause hind end itchies. So if your dog or cat is scratching her butt, bring a poop sample with you to your vet appointment. Full anal…

When To Take A Vomiting Dog To The Vet

When To Take A Vomiting Dog To The Vet

The top three presenting complaints for dogs in every small animal veterinary clinic are ear infections, itchy skin, and vomiting. The Vomiting Dog is Difficult for Veterinarians to Diagnose Working up the vomiting dog is a diagnostic challenge for veterinarians for several reasons, including: 1. The physical exam of a vomiting dog is often totally…

When should I take my coughing dog to the vet?

When should I take my coughing dog to the vet?

Dogs cough in one of three basic ways: purposeful, warning, or nuisance. #1: A purposeful cough is productive; either coughing up a foreign body, or coughing out bacteria and pus from pneumonia. ALLOW ME A MOMENT TO RELIEVE MANY CLIENTS WORST (unfounded) FEAR: In 13 years of practice, I’ve never once, EVER, and I mean…

Human foods that are toxic to dogs and cats

Human foods that are toxic to dogs and cats

OK, I get it, feeding your dog your leftovers is fun. Makes them feel more like family, right? You know, nine times out of ten, I’m cool with that, as long as you’re not overfeeding anybody, or feeding more people food than dog food. And I don’t want to hear “he’s got kibble available all…

Veterinary Nightmares – Reverse Sneeze

Veterinary Nightmares – Reverse Sneeze

There exists a dog symptom so severe in its presentation, that I’d wager more calls are made to veterinary emergency clinics for it than any other symptom in creation. This particular symptom happens randomly, totally without warning, often in the middle of the night when your “regular vet” is closed, and sounds literally like your…

Veterinary Care Is Not Scary – We Believe In You!

Veterinary Care Is Not Scary – We Believe In You!

We met Truman and his dad, a very nice older gentleman, today. Truman is a 7 year old, neutered male, 133lb Rottweiler. Truman’s dad had used the services of his previous Indianapolis veterinary clinic for over 20 years. During that time, he had gone through four different doctors, each of whom left the practice without…

Cancer is Not a Death Sentence

Cancer is Not a Death Sentence

We are all taught from very early on in veterinary school, that there is no such thing as a “cure” to most, if not all cancers. Oncologists describe tumor therapy in terms like “survival time”, with graphs that imply if you don’t treat, your patient will die in “x” days, and if you do treat,…

A veterinary guide to treating itchy skin in pets

A veterinary guide to treating itchy skin in pets

Itchy skin is one of the most common presenting symptoms at our Indianapolis animal hospital. Having treated many hundreds of these dogs over the years, we’ve developed an 8 week plan for you and your pet, that has had a very good success rate in managing even chronic cases of itchy skin. Why Is My…

How To Read a Pet Food Label

How To Read a Pet Food Label

Finding a quality diet appropriate for your pet’s body condition and life stage can be a challenge, and basing your choice on the pretty pictures on the front of the bag of food won’t help. Neither will basing your choices on flashy advertising copy splashed across the front of the bag. Misleading Advertising Terms I’m…

When is it too hot outside for my dog?

When is it too hot outside for my dog?

Even on a mild day, even with the windows slightly opened, the temperature inside a parked car can quickly rise over 100 degrees. When it’s 70 degrees outside, it’s too hot to leave a dog in the car. Why do dogs get overheated so easily? Dogs only have two ways to cool themselves, neither is…

Veterinary blood tests – more than just heartworm!

Veterinary blood tests – more than just heartworm!

Pets age 7-10x faster than humans do. A year in your cat or dog’s life is about the same as 7-10 years for you. With age, a pet’s body organs start losing normal function. Kidneys shrink, thyroid glands start under- or over-producing hormones, the liver starts to wear out from all those times processing the…

Emergency Vet Clinics in Indianapolis and Carmel Indiana

Emergency Vet Clinics in Indianapolis and Carmel Indiana

Leo’s Pet Care is NOT an emergency clinic We are a full-service veterinary clinic open routine office hours (M-F 8a-6p, Sat 9a-12p). If you need to establish a relationship with a vet during regular office hours, please call us at (317) 721-7387 If you need an emergency vet after hours, however… this post is meant…

Convenience Euthanasia and Uncomfortable Questions

Convenience Euthanasia and Uncomfortable Questions

You probably don’t want to read this post. It’s not warm and fuzzy. Fair warning. There are a few topics that routinely rattle around my brain, day in and day out, because I’m not just punching the clock here, I’m trying to change the world for the better. Financing veterinary care is one of them, euthanasia…

How to pay for pet care – veterinary financial assistance

How to pay for pet care – veterinary financial assistance

Good veterinary medicine is expensive Most vets would give up almost anything to keep our patients healthy, as long as we could keep our doors open. Many of us decided to be veterinarians when we were in kindergarten. We had the smarts to become doctors or lawyers or dentists, or astronauts or senators or real…

When is it too cold outside for my dog or cat?

When is it too cold outside for my dog or cat?

IMPORTANT UPDATE as of January 12, 2016!!! According to changes to the Indianapolis Animal Care and Control ordinances… ” In addition to the general requirements for animal care and treatment in this article, every owner or keeper of a dog kept in the consolidated city and county shall see that such dog when confined outside:…

15 Ways Cats and Dogs Tell Us They Are In Pain

15 Ways Cats and Dogs Tell Us They Are In Pain

Our pets are communicating with us all the time, we just need to know what to listen for. 1. LIMPING – Let’s think about this one for a moment. Say you’re a cat a thousand years ago, and you’re living in the wild somewhere. You know, instinctively, that if you are visibly injured, some giant…

How to find a new forever home for your pet dog or cat.

How to find a new forever home for your pet dog or cat.

There are other options besides surrendering your dog or cat to the Hamilton County Humane Society or the Humane Society of Indianapolis Dog or cat rehoming or surrendering to the Hamilton County Humane Society shelter is something that most people never anticipate when first bringing home a pet. It may be a decision that you…

Baby Training Your Dog: What, When, Why?

Baby Training Your Dog: What, When, Why?

This post was written by our friend Melissa R. Shyan Norwalt, Ph.D., CAAB Bringing home a new baby? Pregnant? Thinking of becoming pregnant? Adopting? Training your dog to accept a new baby is helpful and a very good idea. It makes the dog safer and makes the baby safer. It’s important to think of this…

Prednisone and Allergy Treatment for Dogs and Cats

Prednisone and Allergy Treatment for Dogs and Cats

Hi there! If you’ve come here on Dr. Magnusson’s recommendation to learn about prednisone, you’re in the right place. Prednisone is a very powerful anti-inflammatory drug. Prednisone temporarily blocks the symptoms of allergies in dogs and cats. The more allergens your pet is exposed to, the more prednisone she will need to take (up to…

A Veterinary Guide to Tear Stains

A Veterinary Guide to Tear Stains

Oy vey, this topic’s a mess, isn’t it? I tell you what, researching this article revealed a TON of misinformation. I’m going to attempt to clear it up. Quick rule of thumb – any time there’s a million suggested treatments for something, that means that no one treatment works for everyone. This much is clear.…

Puppy growth chart and size weight predictor

Puppy growth chart and size weight predictor

Puppies at different ages grow at different rates, and puppies of different breeds grow at different rates. Generally, an adult dog will weigh about twice as much as he did when he was 4 months of age; giant breeds will double what they weighed at 5 months. Studies done in the UK indicate that you…

What Causes Bladder Infections in Dogs?

What Causes Bladder Infections in Dogs?

This question comes up pretty much EVERY time a dog comes in with a bladder infection, and I totally understand why. Humans like to know cause-and-effect for things. Like, I ate a yucky dinner, so now I have a tummy ache. I think this need to know primarily stems from an owner’s desire to take…

Everything You Never Wanted to Know About Anal Glands

Everything You Never Wanted to Know About Anal Glands

Anal Glands are gross, but every dog and cat has ’em Today, we’re going to get all up in your cat or dog’s business. I’m sorry, but it’s gotta be done. So, dogs and cats have scent glands on either side of the anus, the same ones that skunks use to spray nasty-smelling stuff on…

Pet Dental Care for Leo’s Pet Care Patients

Pet Dental Care for Leo’s Pet Care Patients

The month of February is National Pet Dental Month, the perfect time to consider your pet’s oral health. The veterinary team at Leo’s Pet Care recommends active, ongoing dental care to keep your pet’s oral cavity healthy and clean. After all, a healthy mouth leads to a healthy body. It’s important to remember that each…

Chronic Kidney Failure Cats Can Be Managed at Home

Chronic Kidney Failure Cats Can Be Managed at Home

The kidneys filter blood, selectively keeping in water and salt, and eliminating waste. Sure, some water loss is required to carry the waste out of your body in the form of urine, but for the most part, your water tries to stay inside you. We all lose water constantly through our pee, which (along with…

When to take a sneezing cat to the vet

When to take a sneezing cat to the vet

Cats sneeze a lot. 99% of the time, when your cat randomly sneezes, it’s because they got a bit of fluff up their nose, just like when you or I sneeze. It’s not a big deal. Unless, of course, the sneezing is repetetive, has a sudden onset, and is associated with other symptoms like nasal…

What to Feed a Kitten – Raising Newborn Kittens

What to Feed a Kitten – Raising Newborn Kittens

Orphan Kitten Care – What to Feed a Kitten That Is Only a Few Days Old? By: Jen Sloan – Veterinary Technician at Leo’s Pet Care veterinary clinic in Indianapolis So you’ve taken on a litter of orphan kittens…now what? Hand-raising kittens can be a fun, involved, learning experience but can quickly go sour without a…