Keoki's Corner

Tick Talk

With the fall season in full swing,  a discussion on ticks and the diseases they can transmit is timely and important.  Ticks do not die after a frost and will remain active so long as the ground isn’t frozen and temperatures are above freezing. It isdeer tick important to note that Lyme disease is caused by a spirochete bacterium (Borrelia burgdorferi) that is transmitted by ticks, most notably the “deer tick” or “blacklegged tick”.  Deer ticks become most active in the fall season. Continue…

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Pet Heat Safety

Colling off on a hot day

With summer weather approaching, heatstroke is something every pet parent should be informed about. It is serious and often fatal result of a pet’s prolonged exposure to excessive heat. Below are some tips to keep your pets safe in the heat, possible signs of heatstroke and the actions you should take if your pet is overheated. Continue…

What Goes In, Must Come Out

What is the craziest thing that you’ve heard of a dog eating? Pantyhose? A baby’s pacifier? Maybe a diamond earring? It is astounding what some pets will eat!

Dogs and cats will eat non-food items, known as indiscriminate eating, or pica. This can include the aforementioned pantyhose and pacifier, or dirt, plants, rocks, human medication, and much more.  In some cases, the items will be eliminated normally, but in many cases, medical and or surgical intervention is required. According to the American College of Veterinary Surgeons, gastrointestinal (meaning in the stomach or intestines) foreign bodies are the most common surgical emergencies in veterinary medicine. Continue…