You knew the day had to come sooner or later. Still, it is never easy to hear that a beloved pet has a serious illness. Making important decisions that will have a strong emotional and possibly financial impact on the whole family is stressful. Here’s how you can help yourself and your loved ones as you sort it all out.Read More →

Mobility is particularly challenging for larger pets. A small dog or a cat can readily be carried from place to place, lifted onto their favorite couch, and taken outside to do their business. However, even our short-legged buddies can benefit from a little extra help sometimes. Let’s look at some of the changes we might observe in an aging pet, and what we can do about it.Read More →

‘Tis the season – for FIREWORKS! Does this strike a chord of fear in your heart? Ringing in the new year with firecrackers and small fireworks is a long-held tradition here in Hawaii.  These days, with new restrictions, it’s a little quieter, but late June, early July and the New Year are still stressful for many pets and their owners. Common reactions to the noisy celebrations include hiding, escape (animal advocacy groups report shelters are very busy in fireworks season), or vocalizing. Other signs of anxiety include shivering, panting, attention-seeking, and restlessness. Many pets also hate travel, especially if they must fly overseas in the cargoRead More →

Also referred to as degenerative joint disease (DJD), arthritis is a very common condition of older pets. Arthritis can cause significant pain, discomfort and loss of function. The signs can be very subtle, but you, as the caregiver, are the best person to recognize them. The good news is that there are many different treatments that we can try to make your pet more comfortable and happy. These are divided into several broad categories:   Anti-inflammatory drugs Other pain medications Nutritional support and supplements Physical therapy Integrative medicine Exercise and weight management Environmental modification   The best treatment plans incorporate two or more of theRead More →

There’s that old saying about the cobbler’s children having no shoes. As a veterinarian, sometimes I feel ashamed after dropping the ball with my own babies. Like the time my Lab found a stash of raisins I didn’t even know I had. Then did it again two weeks later. I’m supposed to know better! I have had a few occasions to feel guilty when I realized I had been missing some important but subtle signs once they’re back to their usual selves. What I’m trying to tell you is that you will get no judgement here. 20% of dogs suffer from arthritis pain and some ofRead More →