Why You Won’t See Your Dog’s Heartworm Symptoms, Until it’s Advanced

Heartworm disease is caused by a mosquito transmitted parasite. If left untreated, it can be a debilitating disease and sometimes prove fatal. Pets infected with heartworms can be found in all states, in spite of the fact that very effective heartworm prevention products are available. The good news is that I’ve noticed more and more…

Is My Cat’s Urine Normal?

Nobody likes a smelly litterbox. While even the cleanest kitty condo will possess a particular perfume, how can a cat guardian separate stinky from sickly? How can you tell if your cat’s urine is normal?      Normal cat urineObserving your cat’s urine is perhaps the biggest challenge. Litterboxes and modern litter do an excellent job…

Physical Therapy for Dogs

AJ Debiasse, a technician in Stroudsburg, PA, contributed to this article. Like people, dogs can benefit from physical therapy or rehabilitation. There are multiple reasons why a dog might need this: The dog is recovering from surgery The dog has soft tissue injuries The dog has arthritis The dog has neurological diseases Any pet of…

Giardia in Cats

Giardia is a microscopic parasite that causes the illness known as giardiasis. Giardia is contagious. It’s found on contaminated surfaces, in soil, or on food or water that has been contaminated with feces (poop) from infected humans or animals. What can giardia cysts do to cats?Giardiasis in cats, while less often recognized than in dogs,…

Cat Spraying: What You Can Do

One of the most unpleasant behavior problems to deal with in cats is spraying. According to the Journal of Applied Animal Welfare Science, spraying is unfortunately a very common reason for cats being turned in to shelters. The good news is that with a dedicated guardian and veterinarian working together, spraying can be overcome. It…

Dr. Alison Birken, DVM

My name is Dr. Alison Birken and I am a small animal veterinarian, wife, mother of three, and a sister to my three siblings.  Over the past six years, I have dedicated my life to building and operating an animal hospital in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, accomplishing a lifelong goal of mine. In addition, along with my…