At PenBay Vets one of our main goals is client education. The greater your understanding of pet health concerns and the effects of different diseases, the better care you can give your pets. Below is a collection of articles we have written on topics concerning pet health to help you be better informed. Please check back frequently, as seasonal topics will vary. For additional information visit our Pet Health Library.

We have all heard that laughter is the best medicine.  Well, certainly another front runner is preventive medicine.  When it comes to our pets, they can keep us healthy by keeping us smiling and we, in turn, can optimize their health through preventive care.  Some ways to keep our pets healthy include regular health checks, vaccinations, parasite control, dental care, regular...

Urinary incontinence (involuntary urine leakage) is a scary and frustrating problem that many dog owners encounter. When your four-legged friend develops urinary incontinence don’t fear the worst.  It is a fairly common problem, especially in older female dogs.  Many dog owners fear that incontinence is due to senility or irreparable age related change.  Most cases of...

Written By Maureen Blaney Flietner

Bloat is a generic term sometimes used by pet parents to describe what happens when their dog gets into a bag of dog food or if their dog is gassy, says Elizabeth Rozanski, DVM, of Tufts University, North Grafton, Mass.

But what veterinarians mean by bloat is gastric dilatation volvulus (GDV)—words that put the needed...

Obesity in people has become a large problem in our society. We see a similar trend in our domestic pets. Obesity is defined as an excess of body fat sufficient to cause impaired health or body function, recognized to be between 20-25% above ideal body weight. Over one-third of our domestic dogs and cats are overweight, with a large percentage of these being characterized as obese.

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1.    Take special care with Antifreeze.  Buy antifreeze that does not contain ethylene glycol. Antifreeze is very toxic due to this chemical component. It is sweet and tasty to pets, and is lethal even in small quantities. Buy brands that are labeled pet safe and do not contain ethylene glycol, such as Sierra®. Just in case, be sure to...

Intestinal parasites are something most people don’t think about. They are generally unseen and can go undetected for long periods before causing a problem. Springtime marks the beginning of the intestinal parasite season, as these parasites need warmth...

You've heard it before - having your pet's teeth cleaned regularly by a veterinarian can greatly improve your pet's health and well-being.  For that reason we take dental care seriously at PenBay Veterinary Associates.  Getting a pet's teeth cleaned isn't the same as your trip to the dentist.  First off - despite great intentions, most pet owners don't...

Our pets provide us with fun, companionship, and unconditional love. In return, we incur the responsibilities that go along with pet ownership, including veterinary care.

Money spent on wellness and prevention, as well as keeping pets in a safe environment, significantly reduces the risk of illness and injury. Nevertheless, pets do occasionally become...

By Ann Everhart AAHA PetsMatter May/June 2012 If you have ever been to an animal shelter, you have probably seen a sad sight: dozens of adult cats desperate for homes, most of which have little chance of getting out. The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals states that every year, about 5 to 7 million pets enter the animal shelter system, of which more than half are cats...

Diamond Pet Foods has voluntarily recalled several brands produced in its Gaston, South Carolina, plant as a precautionary measure to protect the health and safety of customers and their pets.

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), at least 14 individuals have been infected in a multi-state Salmonella outbreak contracted from contaminated dog food. The news began breaking...

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