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.

Lyme disease - dogs can get it too?

Yes, dogs do get Lyme disease.  In fact, your puppy is much more likely than you are to contract this disease.  However, Lyme disease manifests completely differently in man’s best friend compared with the human experience. In the dog, symptoms of Lyme disease do not begin to appear for weeks to months after infection, if at all...

Preventive Medicine: for Healthy Pets, and their People, too!

By Jodie James, DVM

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...

Don’t assume it’s time for “doggy depends” just yet!

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...

Fleas and ticks are back in full force. At PenBay Veterinary Associates we have found ticks on many of our patients already this Spring. If you haven’t already, it is time to start regular flea & tick preventative. This monthly medication will protect your pet from developing health threatening diseases such as Anaplasmosis and Lyme disease. It will also keep your pet from...

Have a heart!  Being an informed pet owner keeps your pets safe and healthy.

Spring marks the start of Heartworm season in Maine, so I want to provide some helpful information about this potentially life-threatening disease. Your dog is especially susceptible when those pesky mosquitoes start buzzing. This is because Heartworms are transmitted by the mosquito. Since Mainers...

Proper Vet Care for your Pets Protects Your Family’s Health as Well

Although pets are beneficial to our mental and physical health, they can also pose some risks through the transmission of zoonotic diseases.  Zoonotic disease is a term used to describe an infection or disease that can be transmitted from an animal to a human being.  Current evidence supports the...

Pets are good for our emotional and physical health

Are you thinking of adding a pet to your family?  Recent research by M Becker, the author of “The Healing Power of Pets,” includes the following interesting findings regarding the effect pets have on our daily lives:

Children and pets:

  • Children who help raise animals score higher in...

I suspect that my dog ingested rat poison in our basement yesterday. Can you advise me on what to do?

When a pet ingests rat poison it can be a serious and life threatening emergency. Unfortunately, it is not unusual. Rat poison or rodenticides taste good and are often placed in locations accessible to pets.

If your pet ingests a rodenticide like d-con, you probably won...

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