What is Arthritis?
Arthritis is the inflammation of a joint, which can cause pain and swelling.  There are several types of arthritis, including rheumatiod, degenerative and infectious arthritis, each with it's own cause.  An arthritic joint can cause immense pain, especially in the morning and during cold weather, so keep your eyes open for the signs.  Your dog might have arthritis if he or she:
  • Becomes less active                               
  • Walks stiffly or limps
  • Yelps, especially during exercise
  • Has a fever
  • Gets up slowly
  • Has swollen joints
  • Hesitates or refuses to climb stairs
  • Seems depressed

Caring For Your Senior Cat

Beware of changes in weight.  Both weight gain and unplanned weight loss require a visit to the veterinarian.  While weight gain in mid-life can predispose to chronic diseases and shortened life span, weight loss in advanced age is usually a sign that something is amiss.  Some of the most common diseases causing weight loss - hyperthyroidism, intestinal disease, and diabetes - occur with a normal or even increased appetite.  Gradual changes in weight are hard to notice and monitoring your cat's weight is one of the most important reasons for routine examinations.


Credelio (lotinlaner) is a beef-flavored, chewable tablet for oral administration to dogs and puppies according to their weight.  Each chewable tablet is to dogs and puppies according to their weight.  Each chewable tablet is formulated to provide a minimum litilaner dosage of 9 mg/lb.

Credelio kills adult fleas and is indicated for the treatment of flea infestations and the treatment and control of tick infestations,
(lone star tick, American dog tick, brown dog tick), for one month in dogs and puppies 8 weeks of age and older and weighing 4.4 pounds or greater.

What do I do if my pet gets skunked?

This is a simple remedy discovered by a chemist:

In a bucket, mix 1 quart of 3% hydrogen peroxide, 1/4 cup of bakig soda and 1 teaspoon of liquid soap detergent.  Soak your dog with water, work the mixture into it's fur, (keep away from eyes.)  Leave it on for 5 minutes and then rinse thoroughly. Don't try to store the de-skunking mixture; the combination of hydrogen peroxide and baking soda can blow the lids off containers.
Note that skunk spray won't permanently damage a dog's eyes but they might be red and painful.  If inflammation persists, see your veterinarian.