A Fond Farewell To Dr. Colwell

After three years of excellent service, our hospital sends a warm retirement farewell to Dr. Keith Colwell. He will be missed by the Hudson Veterinary team, but will always be remembered by us and his many faithful clients. “Doc” will continue to enjoy a full and active life at home with his family, hobbies, and many interests. We wish him all the best in the years to...
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How often should my pet’s teeth be cleaned?

Dental disease is one of the most common diseases affecting our dogs and cats. Poor dental health can impact lifespan and overall quality of life and should therefore be taken seriously. Genetics and breed play important roles in how quickly dental disease develops in dogs and cats. Furthermore, tartar develops because few pet owners (myself included) brush their pet’s teeth daily....
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Should I take my pet to the dog park?

  Many dogs live to run and play at the dog park. Of course, certain precautions should be considered while allowing your dog to mix with others.  Dogs can behave atypically when introduced to a new group. A dog that is normally friendly, can become stressed or even aggressive if another dog in the area is giving off aggressive signals. Fights can happen, and while these events are physically...
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What’s Up with Airline Pet Travel?

There have been some unfortunate news stories lately of challenges, including death, of some pets traveling on airlines.  Though the circumstances are different, it does point to issues that some airlines are addressing to make pet travel safer. Travel of any sort may stress your pet.  Obviously, airline travel puts strong restrictions on pet mobility and owner contact, making that stress even...
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Does My Pet Have Ringworm?

Dermatological abnormalities are common in our pets, and ringworm is often blamed when a rash appears, especially if the rash is circular in shape. Fortunately, ringworm, which is caused by fungal organisms, is rarely the cause for new skin lesions.  It is an uncommon condition in dogs or cats. Most often, this fungal disease appears in young dogs or cats in overcrowded conditions, such as in...
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Does My Pet REALLY Need a Rabies Vaccination

Rabies cases are rare, but extremely deadly.  Once signs develop in a person or animal, the disease is essentially fatal. Given the severity of the disease, rabies vaccination is required by Summit County for cats and dogs.  Any mammal can become infected with the disease, so our pets may become infected by wildlife or other domestic animals while outside. Bats that take up residence in our...
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Can flower extracts be dangerous for my cat?

A commonly used ingredient in organic flea products may be very dangerous to your cat.  Pyrethrins are derived from the flower of the lovely chrysanthemum.  These natural chemicals are effective in repelling and killing insects.  A chemically synthesized cousin of pyrethrin is permethrin.  Permethrin has a prolonged effect making it more potent in controlling fleas and lice. Pyrethrins and...
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Is it safe for my dog to drink from lakes and streams?

Outdoor walks and hikes are a welcomed activity after a long winter. And dogs enjoy this activity as much if not more than their owners.  It is natural for dogs to lap water from outdoor sources after vigorous exercise but is it safe?  Not always. One disease that may commonly confront your dog is leptospirosis. This illness is caused by a class of  bacteria which can be found in outdoor soil...
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Is Lawn Fertilizer Dangerous For My Pet?

It’s Spring. Early lawn treatments and mulching are around the corner. So what does that mean for my pet? Most fertilizers, including those with grub control, are relatively safe for  pets when applied properly. It is wise to avoid contact until dry pellets are washed into the soil after the next rain, or liquid treatments have dried. Ingestion of grass is generally of minor concern since the...
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Are there over-the-counter pain medications I can use in my pet?

One of the most difficult things to observe as a pet owner is our pets suffering from pain.  Should your dog or cat sustain an injury, especially if this occurs outside of business hours, you may wonder what medications you can purchase over-the-counter to ease their discomfort. Unfortunately, most over-the-counter pain medications are dangerous or even deadly to our pets. Pain can come in many...
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