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Cognitive Dysfunction Syndrome

BY KERRI WIEDMEYER, DVM, WVRC What it is: Cognitive Dysfunction Syndrome (CDS) is degeneration of brain activity that occurs with age. Commonly, these changes occur slowly with time, typically in dogs and cats over the age of 11 years old, with prevalence increasing the older the pet becomes. CDS is commonly compared to dementia in […]

Hard Truths: Vets & Suicide

BY KERRI WIEDMEYER, DVM, WVRC It is not uncommon to think veterinary medicine consists of playing with rambunctious puppies and purring kittens. Unfortunately, these interactions are a rare highlight in what can be a grueling profession. A study published by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) in January 2019 showed that veterinarians are 3.5 times […]

Why is My Dog Drinking so much Water?

BY KERRI WIEDMEYER, DVM, WVRC There are many factors that determine how much water a dog drinks in a given day, but if you notice that your dog is drinking bowl after bowl, there may be a cause that warrants investigation. Thirst is regulated by several different components in the body including blood vessel volume, […]

Bloat: What You Need to Know

By KERRI WIEDMEYER, DVM, WVRC Bloated may be how we all feel after a nice holiday meal, but Bloat in a dog is a very different kind of bloat. Bloat, otherwise known as gastric dilatation and volvulus (GDV), is a very serious condition that occurs when the stomach fills with gas and then rotates, causing […]

Puppy Proofing 101

By KERRI WIEDMEYER, DVM, WVRC Getting a new puppy is a very exciting time in anyone’s life! It can be such a fun time with much to consider and learn: when to vaccinate, how to train them, what to feed them, etc. But before you even bring that bundle of joy into his or her […]