Category: September 2012 Newsletter A

Ask Seth: Heartworm in Dogs

My vet prescribes heartworm preventative for my dog Sherri every year. We have never had a problem with heartworms and are considering not getting the medication this year. She spends most of her time indoors and I think she would be fine without it. Is heartworm preventative necessary for Sherri? If she gets heartworm, is it that serious?

Pet Paw Preference

Most of us are right-handed–about 90 percent, in fact. Left-handed individuals account for only 10 percent of the population, and this ratio has remained consistent over time. The reasons are unknown. However, researchers at Northwestern University recently developed a mathematical model that may have the answer. According to their calculations, the low percentage of lefties results from an evolutionary balance between cooperation and competition. But what about pets? Is there paw preference in dogs and cats?

Thoracic Auscultation

Have you ever taken your pet to the vet, watched the doc listen to your pet's chest with a stethoscope and wondered what exactly they are listening to? Well, believe it or not, that serious expression on the vet's face is there because listening to the patient's chest, or thoracic auscultation is a very important part of the physical examination.