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During the first year of life, your puppy will be seeing your veterinarian regularly and his or her weight will be recorded at each visit. It will be up to the doctor to determine if your puppy is growing too quickly.
There’s something special about knowing that a new dog is about to join your family. It can be a very exciting time, but there’s also a lot to consider before adopting a new dog. You want to make sure your dog gets off to a healthy start in his new home. Let’s review the basics for a smooth transition.
A trip to the doctor’s office, for people and for pets, is generally not anyone’s favorite activity. Here are answers to some common complaints about going to the veterinarian.
Most cat owners know all too well that their cats don’t like to visit the vet, which in turn, makes owners dread taking them there in the first place...
We hear about many complaints about pet behavior from clients at our hospitals. Many behavioral problems with dogs and cats have an underlying issue that needs to be addressed so that behavior modification can be successful.
When it’s time to plan your summer vacation, bring your dog along for the ride. Whether you go to the beach, a campground or a new city, slobbery kisses and tail wags make everything better. Check out these tips and tricks for going on a dog-friendly road trip.
Hello! At miles first visit with Banfield on January 7th. I was told that we should wait one month for his next vaccination (making him 12 months). However, the vaccination that his breeder used prio...
Nation’s largest general veterinary practice invests millions in mental health resources for all veterinary professionals to reduce troubling profession statistics.
 In honor of our new standalone hospital opening at the Yards on Saturday, July 25, Banfield is sharing the most popular presidential pet names. 
It's important to carefully plan ahead if you take your pet along with your family on trips. That way, no matter how far you travel, you can make a trip with a four-legged family member go smoothly.
Sometimes, getting your dog to the veterinarian for an appointment can be a source of anxiety (both for you and your pet!). Here you’ll find a few tips that can help make the trip a less stressful experience for everyone involved.
Most cat owners know that getting their pet into the carrier and off to the veterinarian for a visit can be a challenge. Here are some tips that can help make the trip a less stressful experience for both you and your cat.
Banfield is expanding to Puerto Rico and recently opened its first hospital in Guaynabo at San Patricio Plaza on Feb. 1. In addition to providing state-of-the-art preventive veterinary care to the pet owners of Puerto Rico, Banfield is committed to supporting local animal welfare organizations on the island. Banfield commemorated the grand opening by providing free veterinary services to El Faro de los Animales during the week of Jan. 9 and also donated 20 percent of its opening weekend revenue to the organization. We will open our second hospital at Senorial Plaza on March 1, 2014.
Birthdays can be a special time for every member of the household—including your family pet. Here are some things you can do to make your pet’s birthday a memorable one.
When your female dog is receptive to mating, she is in a stage of her reproductive cycle known as being in “heat.”
Winter is quickly approaching along with freezing temperatures in many parts of the country. Now is the time to protect your pets from the elements and colder weather.
Why does my dog hump other dogs? It's a question we get asked all the time. In this pet health article, the veterinarians at Banfield Pet Hospital® have the answers you need!
Banfield creates the first ever “Pet-Friendly Workplace PAWrometer" to share data on the impact and perceptions of pets in the workplace.
If you’ve ever witnessed your dog having a coughing fit, you may have wondered if there might be something stuck in their throat. Did you wonder if you needed to do the dog Heimlich maneuver? Just because your dog is coughing doesn’t necessarily mean they are choking. Let’s talk about the signs that your dog is truly choking and what you can safely do about it.
If you think you only need to take your dog or cat to the veterinarian for a vaccination, think again. Regular, preventive veterinary care can help keep your pet from getting sick by detecting diseases sooner.
Banfield is a proud supporter of the Human Animal Bond Research Initiative (HABRI) Foundation and the great work it does to generate awareness of the powerful positive impact of the human-animal bond.
If your summer plans include boating and you intend on bringing your dog, a few safety considerations will ensure that you both enjoy the summer fun. Any time your dog leaves home, he or she should have a properly fitted collar or harness, as well as an identification tag with current contact information. If you have a boat that requires leaving a marina, call the marina ahead of time to make sure it allows pets.
Dog bloat, also known as twisted stomach or GDV, is a very serious dog health issue requiring immediate veterinary care – Learn more from Banfield Pet Hospital.
From puppy and kitten to all stages of adult life, every member of your four-legged family deserves quality preventive care. Banfield Optimum Wellness Plans® help pet owners take the guessing out of doing what’s best for their pets.
Earth Day is approaching and what better time is there to “think green” where your pets are concerned?
If you are being affected by Hurricane Irene, read these tips to keep your pet safe. Tips include a list of neccessary supplies, the importance of microchipping and how to deal with an injured pet.
Banfield associates from across the country team up to help one lost dog named Zeus find his way home. 
This is the story of a dog named Sam, who we treated for lameness after being stuck behind the bathroom sink.
There may be times when it seems like your cat is meowing incessantly and you find it quite irritating. “What’s wrong? What do you want?” you ask. Meowing is how cats communicate with people...
Banfield was proud to sponsor the Women’s Veterinary Leadership Development Initiative (WVLDI) track at CVC Virginia Beach. Our regional medical director for the Midwest, Dr. Kimberly-Ann Therrien, was one of three presenters during the “Choose Your Own Adventure” session. Read some key takeaways.
Fall is the time when people tend to clean up their yards. Keep in mind that there are many potential hazards out there for your dog. First and foremost, store your lawn and garden products in a place that your dog cannot get into. In addition, as you are applying certain products, confine your dog in a safe area. If your dog is exposed to anything, you should contact your veterinarian with the suspected product information as soon as possible.
Research Finds Employees View Pet-Friendly Workplaces as Highly Positive, Boosting Morale and Adding to Talent Retention and Recruitment; HR Decision Makers Express Concerns about Developing Pet-Friendly Policies.
See how Kirk is realizing his desire to have a broader, bigger impact on the profession. 
Nothing is more frustrating than when your dog won’t listen. Here are some tips to help you cope with this annoying issue.
With a new survey revealing people increasingly turn to the internet for pet health guidance, nation’s largest general veterinary practice teams up with celebrity Jane Lynch to encourage pet owners to ‘Nix the Net, Text a Vet’ 
Going to the doctor can be a stressful experience for your dog or cat. There are some things that you can do to help decrease the amount of anxiety your pet feels when visiting the veterinarian.
Put a stop to pet health issues before they even start. You can help keep your dog or cat healthy by creating a preventive care program for your pet.
I was in the Tigard, OR office 4/21/19. My pet cat Tiger is not eating much of the prescription food (I/F ???) for gastritis. He is lethargic and not acting his usual active self. What should I do?...
That depends on your cat. Many cats are excellent self-groomers and rarely need ear care while others should have routine cleanings. If you notice wax, dirt, or other debris, then it is probably time for a cleaning.
Hygiene of the feeding equipment is essential. The immune defenses of the puppy/kitten are barely developed and the administration of artificial milk via soiled equipment increases the risk of infection, especially with bacteria.
Cats can be crafty and elusive and independent– those are some of the traits we love about them. But the very parts of their personalities that draw us to them can spell trouble when it comes to keeping them healthy.
What do you do about cuts on dogs or cats? Learn some handy pet first aid tips from the pet health experts at Banfield Pet Hospital.
Mahogany was in your office 2 weeks ago this coming Monday. He has a wound in his foot, and I dont feel that it is getting better. A little better, but he is not back to normal? It still bleeds at tim...
Two questions: 1. Is Panama City Florida office open? If not, when? 2. Excessive grooming by male neutered cat for 8 months. Could it have been caused by Bravecto? Have not re-ad ministere...
Sneezing, nasal discharge, cough, fever or the sniffles. Just like people, cats can catch colds too. Known as feline upper respiratory disease and quite common, the majority of these conditions are caused by the herpesvirus and calicivirus.
Learn how to care for an older pet with senior dog and cat tips from the pet health experts at Banfield Pet Hospital.
Fido and Fluffy are essential members of your family, so it is only fitting that they have the best care while traveling with you. If you are staying at one of Loews Hotels’, 16 luxurious properties in the United States while traveling with your pet, you can rest assured that your pet’s medical needs will be taken care of.
Whether you’re moving down the block, to a new town or across the country, the key to making moving day easy and stress-free is planning ahead.
If you're planning to take your pet out of town this holiday season, following these tips will ensure that everyone has a safe and happy trip.
Winter is quickly approaching along with freezing temperatures in many parts of the country. Now is the time to protect your cat from the elements and colder weather.
More of us pet lovers are taking time out to celebrate our pets' special occasions in style. If you're prepping for your pup's birthday party or throwing a bash to celebrate the day your cat joined your family, here are some tips to help make the day a special one:
Winter is quickly approaching along with freezing temperatures in many parts of the country. Now is the time to protect your dog from the elements and colder weather.
Learn about the latest pet food diet trends, so you can properly educate your clients about dietary decisions for their pets. 
Now that spring is here, your pets are probably itching to go outside. The problem is, they may also be itching when they come back in. If you and your pet want to enjoy an itch-free summer, see your veterinarian and get your pet on a flea prevention program today!
History A five month old poodle mix named Scottie presented for evaluation of acute trauma. The pup was current on all vaccines as well as heartworm prevention. He had a history of Coccidia infection a month prior. The puppy was reported as a rescue from a shelter 3 months ago.
Your puppy will not automatically know it is inappropriate to soil in the house - it is your job to teach him or her how to be a good family member. No one wants to deal with the soil, odor, time, and expense that can result from poor house training.
Dr. Greenwell discusses the importance of being with her clients through each step of two Newfoundlands' recovery from fleas.
A dog bite can be a serious, and certainly unpleasant, incident, especially if the dog bites someone else or another pet – Learn more about what you can do if your dog bites another person or pet.
I feed my dogs grain free food. A friend of mines dog just had congestive heart failure and her vet told her it was caused from feeding him grain free dog food. Then someone shared a post on Faceb...
Start a complete flea control program immediately. Fleas live by sucking the blood of your pets. They can bite humans as well. Fleas can cause discomfort by biting, anemia, skin allergies, spread disease and transmit tapeworms.
A change in the consistency of your pet’s stools can be a cause for concern. In fact, your dog or cat’s stools can provide important clues about your pet’s health.
Hi there, I first wanted to say thank you for following up on Chewie’s health and calling today to see how he is doing! It is very nice to get a follow up call. He is doing better, thank you! I al...
We gave our dog his first dose of Triflexis this past Friday afternoon but threw up around 1030am Saturday morning due to car sickness. Does this mean that the Triflexis is ineffective and I need to g...
My dog just had her first litter of puppies, one was born on Saturday and the other on Monday. Since the second puppy arrived the mom has been growling and snapping at them, she snapped about 3 times...
At first I thought Butternut was having hiccups at least twice a day lasting about a minute or two while laying down his Abdomen and Chest expands and there is a Thumping sound with every expansion wh...
Former Vice President of Service & Finance at Pet Nutrition, Mars Inc. joins world’s largest general veterinary practice
Giardia is a microscopic parasite that can infect most mammals, including humans. The parasite invades cells lining the intestinal tract, causing bowel irritation and damage. There, the parasites reproduce and shed into the stool to pass out of the body. This stage of the parasite is very hearty and can remain infective in the environment for long periods of time. Infection occurs when parasites are ingested in contaminated water, stool, plant material, or food. Even licking a few drops of contaminated water, or a few parasites off of the paws or coat, can potentially cause infection.
Xylitol is an artificial sweetener that it is now being added to many sugar-free products you might have in your own home. Not only is it hard to pronounce, but xylitol (Zy-le-tol) can be harmful to your dog.
We found the first tick ever on our Yorkie. Being that we have never encountered this before, we took the parasite off but didn't realize we should have saved it to be examined. The spot where we remo...
Pet health care needs can change over time, so having a veterinary preventive care plan that is specific to your pet is one of the best ways of keeping them healthy throughout life.
The transition into domestic life can be difficult for some pets. That’s why it is important to build a dog friendly home – an enriched environment that takes your canine’s health and welfare into consideration.
Banfield Pet Hospital’s new corporate headquarters has earned LEED Platinum certification, the U.S. Green Building Council’s highest possible designation. 
Many people love the flavors of garlic and onion to spice up their food, but giving garlic and onion to your pet can cause dog and cat health problems. In severe cases, it could even kill your pet.
Banfield is proud to support the Human Animal Bond Research Initiative (HABRI), a nonprofit research and education organization that gathers, funds and shares scientific research that demonstrates the positive health impacts of animals on people.
Pet obesity is on the rise. Here’s what veterinarians need to know.

During the holiday season, many of our clients ask our veterinarians if they should be worried about their pets getting into their holiday goodies. The answer is an emphatic “yes”! There are many unhealthy (and even dangerous) foods that tempt pets during the holidays. Here are a few things to keep in mind as you prepare your festivities.

Banfield Pet Hospital joined forces with the North American Veterinary Community (NAVC) to launch its first annual Veterinary Emerging Topics (VET) Report.
Spaying or neutering your pet can help minimize behavior problems and control the population of unwanted pets.
Is Princess Drummer to old to have her first Liter of puppies, My groomer know a lady that has a toy poodle the same size as princess and wont to mate him with princess.
My dog was neutered on Tuesday 12/4 the first night he just slept, the second day he was alert and active, today he’s still active happy but he has a yellow discharge from his penis and it looks as if...
Hi, I had two questions. My first question is regarding dental. He has horrible back teeth but he is unable to get dental cleanings because of his heart (he has a heart block). I have tried brushing...
Falling temperatures are no excuse to avoid outdoor exercise with your dog. Along with making sure you are appropriately dressed, your dog should also be properly protected from the elements.
Dr. Lovern goes through the diagnosis process for allergies in an eight-month-old chihuahua who was originally brought in for eye problems.
On Saturday, August 12, 2017, Banfield Pet Hospital® celebrates the grand opening of its 1,000th hospital.
Dr. Sanchez discusses the importance of using heartworm preventive while illustrating the dangers of the disease.
Whether you are planning a day hike or a weekend trip, remember that dogs need a few supplies to make sure they stay happy and healthy when traveling or hiking outdoors.
As a pet owner, it’s important to take notice when your pet’s bowel movements appear to be to harder or softer than usual. There are a lot of reasons outside of diet that could cause a dog or cat’s stool to soften – including medical issues that may require you visit your veterinarian.
Start a complete flea control program immediately. Fleas live by sucking the blood of your pets. They can bite humans as well. Fleas can cause discomfort by biting, anemia, skin allergies, spread disease, and transmit tapeworms. Spare your pet the discomfort of a continued infestation.
Although cats and dogs are different in many ways, their needs during pregnancy and the birthing process are very similar. Here are some of the things that you will need to know to ensure the pregnancy and birth goes as smoothly as possible:-
Obesity has become an epidemic for our pets. Banfield research shows that 1 in 3 dogs and cats who visit our hospitals are overweight or obese.
Dear Banfield team, Last time my cat (domestic longhair, name - Chups) was taking an exam w/ Banfield specialists, the need on taking the dental cleaning was identified. Can you please help answeri...
Existing cats may often need an adjustment period when a new pet enters the household. Gradual introduction is often needed.
The most successful approach for keeping your pet's weight under control includes restricting calories and increasing activity.
Based on information from The State of Pet Health Report by Banfield’s Applied Research and Knowledge Team
This handout is intended to educate pet owners about Cushing's disease, as well as introduce your family to some of the terms and treatments that accompany this diagnosis.
Read ten pieces of advice to recently graduated veterinarians from Dr. Daniel Aja, CMO of Banfield® Pet Hospital and other colleagues in the profession.
Download our handout explaining how to switch your pets food to learn the recommended method of transitioning a dog or cat to a new food. You can also read on to discover how to avoid upsetting your pet’s digestive system and make sure they want to eat their new food.
Here are some tips from the veterinarians at Banfield Pet Hospital on how to prepare your cats & dogs for the holidays in your home.
I have been feeding my dog Natural Balance grain free food since she was a puppy. She's now 9yrs old and I think it's time to give her a better and healthier food. Any suggestions on a brand? ( she ha...
I rescued my 6 month old dog from a shelter and during his first visit with his vet, I was informed that he has Demodex mites along with an intestinal parasitic infection. He was prescribed Panacur, M...
I have two questions about Emmie Lou's Behavior. The first is that she is not sleeping through the night for a few reasons. She cant hold her poo/pee, and also she just has too much energy to sleep. I...
Our puppy is almost 12 weeks old. We tried giving her her first dose of Tri Heart yesterday, 5/9/19, after her first doctor visit. She wouldn't chew it, so we tried crushing it & mixing it with a litt...
Scooting is usually a sign that your pet has soreness or irritation in the rectal area. The scooting behavior is your dog’s way of finding relief.
Read about how to educate your clients on some of the more common pet food myths. 
Two 5-month-old kitten siblings, Nora and Mina, were presented for ovariohysterectomy (OHE). Both cats were indoor only, current on all vaccinations including rabies, feline viral rhinotracheitis (FVRCP) and feline infectious peritonitis (FIP). Feline leukemia virus (FELV)/feline immunodeficiency virus (FIV) test was negative. Client also owned the mother of the two kittens and the queen was current on all vaccinations, dewormed and FELV/FIV negative. The kittens had been on basic preventive care since 6 weeks of age with no health problems aside from roundworm infection at 6 weeks, which was treated with pyrantel and resolved.
If you think about it, making some New Year’s resolutions that benefit your pet is a great idea. Maybe you want to be more active with your dog or spend more time with your cat in the coming year. Whatever the goal, you’ll find that there are plenty of ways to improve or enhance the quality of your pet’s life.
Do you have a first aid kit for your pet? Taking the motto from the Boy Scouts, it’s best to “be prepared.”
Tyger has been sneezing. Not all the time, but he seems to have short sneezing bouts and sometimes sneezing/coughing like he has nasal glop. Eyes seem fine and nose is not running? Should we make an a...
My dog had diarrhea twice last night and one time last Saturday. What do you recommend me to do? Everything else is normal. He eats and drinks normal. No sign of change in behavior.
My dog has been barking all of the time this past year. I figured he has separation anxiety because he barks whenever someone is putting on their shoes to leave the house, but it just seems like he ba...
You’ve decided it’s time to add a pet to your home. Now it’s just a matter of deciding what kind of pet and where you’ll get the furry family member.
If your dog or cat used to be at an ideal weight and is now considered underweight, don’t assume that your pet is just being a finicky eater or that they’re not getting enough food.
A 6-month old, neutered male Miniature Pinscher named Ralf presented for evaluation of itching at his legs and tail for two weeks duration. He was eating and drinking normally, current on all vaccines and heartworm test and prevention. His littermate is showing no signs of scratching and appears completely normal.
It is recommended that your female pet be spayed or male pet be neutered by six months of age.
A good question to consider before breeding any pet is: Should my pet have offspring?
Charlie, your Golden Retriever, is lazily lounging on the couch staring out the window.
Arthritic joints can cause a lot discomfort for your dog, so it’s important to be aware of the circumstances or conditions that can potentially cause arthritis.
What makes cats different than dogs? Why can you leave a cat alone and it will be happy whereas dogs need your attention all the time? The difference between cats and dogs comes down to their behavior, physical traits, and their metabolism.
Read our Gerbil Care Guide, from the veterinarians at Banfield Pet Hospital, and learn how to feed and house your small pet.
With so many different dog breeds in the world, it’s not surprising that puppies grow at different rates. In general, small-breed dogs mature more quickly than larger breeds.
I was doing research on flea and tick preventative. I'm curious what species of ticks the First Shield Trio brand that you sell is effective against. Couldn't find it listed anywhere. It just says eff...
Based on information from The State of Pet Health by Banfield’s Applied Research and Knowledge Team
My dog is a 4 year old Keeshond. I'm having a hard time trying to calm her down during thunderstorms. On a scale of 1-5, she is a 4. She pees, paces, drools, trembles and nothing can distract her from...
My shih tzu front paws seems to be red all the time now and doesn’t seem to bother her. I walk her twice daily and always clean her feet. Should I b concerned or take to the doctor?
With the sunshine and increased outdoor activity come unique needs for your pet. If your pet typically goes outdoors (whether it’s a short walk or a weekend camping trip), or simply rides in the car with you, you can take steps to lower its risk to many common outdoor summer and outdoor hazards.
Does your pet complain when it’s dinnertime or when they want attention? Addressing behavior and nutrition as part of your pet’s year-round care can help you stay on top of your pet’s social skills and dietary needs.
Learn strategies for communicating therapeutic food plans with pet owners and how to optimize the use of veterinary therapeutic diets for the benefit of cats and dogs.
NAVC 2016 takes place January 16-20 in Orlando, FL, and we’re looking forward to participating in this fantastic annual conference! In addition to our booth, we’re excited to be part of several other unique opportunities. 
The winter holidays can be fun for the whole family, but let’s make sure it’s not a dangerous time for your pet.
Bite wounds are common injuries. They have great potential for infection as bacteria are transported under the skin at the time of damage by a tooth. Cat bites frequently become infected and can easily abscess.
Leptospirosis is a bacterial infection that can cause serious illness in people and animals, including your pets. Learn more about the dangerous condition here!
Scratching is a normal feline behavior. The difficult part is training them to use something other than furniture or door frames.
Dogs bark for many reasons, including boredom, in play, aggression, fear, and as a form of protection or warning, etc.
Small pets, or “pocket pets” make the perfect furry companions for some households. They typically require less preventive care and maintenance than dogs or cats and can often be a great option for homes with limited indoor or outdoor space.
The whipworm is a small, whip shaped intestinal parasite of dogs. Adult worms live in the large intestine and pass eggs into the stool. Infection occurs by ingestion of eggs from contaminated environments.
Ascarids, or roundworms, are common intestinal parasites found in dogs and cats. Puppies and kittens can be infected by their mother. Kittens can carry the parasites from a very young age, while puppies may be infected from birth.
My ten-month-old puppy went into her first heat at around nine months, and it lasted for around two weeks. But now, less than a month later, it seems like she is going into heat for a second time! Sho...
My Male cat is having a hard time walking. When he stands up his hind legs shake and he cant walk very far. He is eating fine and drinking and going to the bathroom fine. he just cant move around very...
If your pet is recovering from a condition that requires a bandage, sling or splint. Proper home care is imperative to your pet's recovery. Complications are much more likely to occur in pets that do not receive proper home care and monitoring.
Feline urinary tract syndrome refers to the lower urinary organs and is also called Lower Urinary Tract Disease (L.U.T.D.). It is an infection or inflammation of the bladder and/or the urethra (the canal that carries urine from the bladder to outside the body).
As your pet’s owner and companion, you know your dog or cat best. Sometimes you can pick up on subtle behavior changes in your pet. These changes can be caused by many things and can range in severity from being uncomfortable to a severe, underlying medical issue.
Fleas may be small (1 to 2mm long) but they can cause big problems for your dog, cat and family members. Their bites are an annoyance and can be very itchy, causing your pet to scratch—especially if it’s allergic to flea saliva. Too much scratching can lead to skin infections, for one thing, not to mention that a flea can also spread disease. That’s why it’s important that your pet is given a preventive medication regularly. Year-round protection is optimal.
See how to nurture a culture in a that focuses on quality and safety and how to allocate resources for preventing errors.
In just one year, the Banfield Foundation has impacted more than 50,000 pets by granting $1.5 million to more than 150 nonprofit organizations in 40 states.
Catnip is the common name for a perennial herb of the mint family. The active ingredient in catnip is called nepetalactone which can trigger strange behaviors in cats. Cats don’t actually eat catnip and respond to its taste, but rather, are reacting to the smell. It can be either in a dry or fresh form.
My four-month-old parakeet is going through his first molt and I just noticed that his feathers look greasy. He is eating normally and has not shown any change in behavior. Should I be concerned?
Aggressive pets have the potential to injure people (even their owners), other pets, or themselves at any time. They may act unpredictably when stressed or frightened.
As caring pet owners, it’s important to pay attention to your pet and to take note of any physical or behavioral changes that may warrant a visit to the veterinarian. You don’t need to bring your dog or cat into the vet for every bump or scrape, but there are several situations where you will want to speak with a pet health expert.
My dog Bambi had been throwing up three days in a row. One time each day the first two days it was only a little bit and it was whitish color. Then last night she threw up twice at the same time and i...
Lately my cat has been itching his neck a lot. The last time we were at the vet, they said his skin was fine. He doesn't have fleas, but the skin is red and irritated and he is loosing a lot of hair i...
I have two eight-week-old sister boxer pups. They have both been wormed and treated for fleas. One is hyper and normal whereas the other, the runt of the litter, is more lethargic and happy to just sl...
Why does my dog bark every time our phone rings or someone comes to our door? She is fine at dog parks or pet stores, but as she has gotten older (now 7), she has shown a few incidents of aggression t...
This craft project is a great way to make sure your pet always has a place to drink or eat, no matter where you take him or her.
The summer season brings gardeners, beach-combers, hikers, and picnickers outside to play. With that, however, comes summer toxins that are poisonous to your pets! Pet Poison Helpline provides advice on how to avoid toxins that commonly occur during summer.
The most common cause of not urinating is that something is blocking the urethra, preventing the bladder from emptying (the urethra is the tube that connects the bladder to the genitals for the removal of fluids from the body).
Based on Information from The State of Pet Health by Banfield’s Applied Research and Knowledge.
You hear on the news all the time about the obesity epidemic happening in America. Now, the problem is hitting our pets, with 25% of cats and dogs seen by a veterinarian are overweight. This statistic should prompt every pet owner to be vigilant and monitor his or her pet’s weight. Any excess weight is harmful to the maintenance of a pet’s optimum health and can make them prone to various diseases. There are a few ways owners can be proactive about their dog or cat’s weight.
Ovariohysterectomy, or spay, is the surgical removal of a female pet's reproductive organs, the ovaries and uterus.
In most parts of the country, spring weather brings barbecues, evenings spent outdoors and something less desirable: an increase in your pet's risk of contracting heartworm disease.
Help clients read pet food labels to understand the ingredients and nutritional value in the food they feed their pets.
As the temperature heats up in most parts of the country, unique dangers to your pet present themselves. Hopefully you already know about summer safety basics, such as not overexerting your pet, providing plenty of water and not leaving your pet in your car.
The possibilities may seem endless for why your cat won't eat but the most important thing to remember is that if this behavior lasts for more than one day, it is very important to take your cat to the veterinarian. A cat's loss of appetite is a medically significant symptom and often indicates illness. A comprehensive examination along with certain tests can detect anything serious right away and can help lead the way to successful treatment.
First-Ever Banfield Foundation Donation Supports AVMF’s Our Oath In Action® Initiative to Raise Awareness of the Importance of Preventive Care

Download our Human Food Calorie Chart handout to learn about the calorie content of common "people" foods and how they can impact a pet's daily caloric intake and potentially increase the chances that your dog or cat could become obese.

In honor of National Volunteer Week, we're taking the opportunity to pause and recognize a few of the associates who have dedicated their time and worked so hard to make a difference for pets and their people. 
That really depends on how old the kitten is and what state of health he or she is in. Consider a veterinary examination to help determine the kitten's age, exact care needs, or if any health problems exist.
Shiloh, a 3-year-old long-haired intact female Chihuahua, presented for frequent urination and hematuria of several days duration. She had been acting normally otherwise and had no prior history of any serious health concerns.
Our pets are fed a variety of processed food proteins and carbohydrates, which are then broken down during digestion. Adverse food reactions may be due to either a chemical intolerance or a unique allergic reaction to a protein ingredient.
Banfield Foundation Grants $215,000 as part of “12 Days of Giving” Campaign to Provide Veterinary Care to Pets in Need
Nation’s largest general veterinary practice invests millions to alleviate student debt burden for its more than 3,600 veterinarians.
Canine periodontitis is a bacterial infection of the mouth. There are four stages of periodontal disease, progressing from plaque and mildly inflamed gums to established gingivitis (gum disease), and then on to mild and ultimately severe periodontitis, which may involve bone and/or tooth loss
Just the mere mention of the word deworming conjures up an unpleasant image in most pet owners’ minds — and for good reason. Worms, or worm segments, can be present in your pet’s stool or vomit and some can potentially infect the human members of your family, too.
The first few months of your puppy’s life are critical for its health and development. A well socialized puppy is one that gets along well with all different types of people, dogs and other species, like cats.
Banfield opened its second hospital Puerto Rico at El Señorial Plaza in South San Juan on March 1, 2014. The grand opening was featured on Puerto Rican TV stations WAPA and Telemundo with an interview with spokesdoctor Rhemuel Valcarcel. The opening celebration included a contest titled “My Pet is a Star” with celebrity guest Jamie Mayol onsite to judge the furry contestants on their singing and dancing skills. The grand winner received a one-year Optimum Wellness Plan®. To further commemorate the grand opening, we donated a day of free veterinary services to El Faro de Los Animales and 20 percent of grand opening revenue to Humane Society of Puerto Rico. 
Now that spring is here, your pets are probably itching to go outside. The problem is, they may also be itching when they come back in. If you and your pet want to enjoy an itch-free summer, see your veterinarian and get your pet on a flea prevention program today!
Banfield Pet Hospital, the world's largest veterinary practice, released its State of Pet Health 2013 Report today, revealing that spaying and neutering dogs and cats, among other factors, may influence a pet's lifespan. The report, compiled by Banfield's internal research team, Banfield Applied Research and Knowledge (BARK), analyzed data collected in 2012 from nearly 2.2 million dogs and 460,000 cats cared for in Banfield's more than 800 hospitals in 43 states. The State of Pet Health 2013 Report includes state-specific statistics regarding lifespan of pets, and provides a comprehensive summary of overall pet health, including common and chronic diagnoses.
There’s no mistaking it – that low “grrr” sound your dog makes when he’s trying to communicate something. Growling is a behavior that your dog will use as a warning to let other dogs, people or other pets know that he’s feeling uncomfortable or nervous.
New report finds food allergies may not be as prevalent in pets as expected – Banfield Pet Hospital provides data on the more likely cause of pets’ skin irritations.
Contrary to what most people think, cats can be trained. Whether you want to correct or discourage a particular behavior, or train your cat to walk on a leash, there are several methods you can try that often show good results.
If you have any objections to commercial pet food, they’re probably based on your thoughts about the ingredients, quality or processing. But is a homemade diet right for your pet?
Obesity is one of the most common PREVENTABLE diseases in our pets. We not only fail to prevent this disease, but we often cause it by spoiling our pets. A recent study confirmed that 6 out of 10 pets are overweight and half of those have a body condition score (BCS) greater than 6. The ideal BCS is 4.5 for a dog and 5.0 for a cat. Of overweight pets, 12% have weight-related health conditions. These conditions include arthritis, diabetes, skin fold infections, anal sac impactions, heart disease, and breathing conditions – especially short-nosed breeds like bulldogs and pugs.

It's safe to say there have probably been countless times when your dog was incessantly whining or barking at you for some unknown reason. "What is your complaint? What do you want?" you've asked. The most common reason is that your dog simply wants your attention. But before you throw your hands up in exasperation, there are some valid reasons why your dog might want to be noticed.
At Banfield, we believe in preventing pet health issues before they happen. With Banfield’s Optimum Wellness Plans®, you receive a package of preventive pet health care services and discounts designed to meet the needs of your individual pet.
According to Banfield's research team, in 2009, the regions in the country with the highest prevalence of ticks were the south central region for dogs, and the northeast region for cats.
Find out why Dr. Lilian Wong chose Banfield Pet Hospital® and learn more about careers at Banfield.
Find out why Dr. Rhesa Houston chose Banfield Pet Hospital® and learn more about careers at Banfield.
In 2017, Banfield returned to Baton Rouge to support pets and pet owners still recovering from the previous year’s catastrophic flooding.
A veterinarian's white coat is more than just a piece of clothing.
Learn how to identify and address compassion fatigue with your team in productive ways.
Bandit has had one vet visit....another on schedule soon...but, wondering why my 3 1/2 month old puppy scratches a lot....no sign of fleas, no redness on skin, but ???? Would it be DRY skin??
Hi, at a recent vet visit, my dog has been prescribed Simplicef. One of the side effect on the bottle said that it is loss of appetite. For the last week, my puppy hasn't been eating much of her foo...
I am following up on my visit with Louie at the Plymouth Banfield clinic yesterday. I won't recap everything that's already in your notes, and just get to my concern. Louie now has a bit of frothing...
The more you know about your pet’s health, the better you will be able to make informed decisions about your pet’s health care. Doing periodic reviews of your pet’s medical records is an important part of being able to make informed decisions. Knowing your pet’s vaccine history, current weight, feeding regimen, test results, prescriptions and other important health information can help remind you when routine care is due, how to administer medications or provide at-home care. In addition, the knowledge gained from reviewing your pet’s medical records will come in handy at the next veterinary visit as you can be prepared with specific questions.
When you’re looking to add a new dog to your household, it’s important to remember that this new addition could be part of your family for the next 15 years or so. Choosing the right breed of dog for your lifestyle requires careful consideration.
The first few months of your kitten’s life are critical for its health and development. This handout is intended to educate pet owners on proper socialization techniques for kittens.
Deer ticks, which are prevalent in various parts of the United States, are the major carrier of Lyme disease. But some other species of ticks can also carry the disease.
We're proud to have been selected as the winner of the Association of Washington Business's Leading Environmental Practice Award.
Hello, at our last wellness visit, the vet noticed a circular flat mass (~2mm) extending inwards from the iris and colored similarly. We were told to keep an eye on it to see if it grows. We suspect...
When Kado was in for his last visit a lump was found near his left forward shoulder under the arm. Today I noticed the same type of lump on his left front elbow similiar to the one on his shoulder. Im...
I brought Corbin in for a visit possibly a week ago. We were not really able to determine any real issues. we ended up at the 24 hr vet one night last week. they gave some pain meds. He has not taken...
Collectively, your pet's skin and hair provide an important barometer of his or her overall health. From areas of baldness and varying levels of skin irritation to matted fur, several skin and coat issues will likely need to be addressed throughout your pet's lifetime.
Multiple pets in one home can enrich each others' lives as well as your own. Learn More.
As young dogs grow older, their health needs change. Partnering with a veterinarian & a Banfield Optimum Wellness Plan can help keep your dog healthy as he ages.
A veterinary examination, stool examination, and appropriate treatment is the best way to keep your canine friend happy, healthy, and parasite free.
On my dogs last visit 11/20/14 the doctor recommended Tramadol for pain,we did not opt for that when we picked him up but now think it is wise.Can you mail me the script or do I come in or how does th...
Tigger started taking Felimazole 2.5mg since the last visit on June 26, 2018. I mistakenly keep giving him only one doze a day. I noticed needed every 12 hours (twice a day). I am going to give him...
Banfield is proud to participate in Stand Down events to care for the pets of homeless and low-income veterans.
In the video below, Banfield Pet Hospital provides an overview on spaying and neutering — two of the most common surgeries for cats and dogs.
Banfield Pet Hospital provides helpful tips on how to brush your dog's teeth at home.
Dogs and cats don’t seek variety in their diets the way people do. So while taste cravings or change of pace don’t generally dictate a switch in foods, there are some factors that could prompt you to review your pet’s diet and make a change.
Banfield Pet Hospital® today announced it will relocate its corporate headquarters from Portland, Ore. to Vancouver, Wash. in late 2015.
Often referred to as Scabies, Sarcoptic Mange is a condition in dogs and cats that starts with a microscopic mite. The mite burrows under skin, causing very intense itching and infection in your dog or cat.
Dogs’ eyes can often be exposed to more elements and illness than people. As a pet owner, you’ll want to keep an eye on your dog’s eyes. If they appear red or bloodshot, it can be a sign of many different eye problems, ranging in severity from mild allergies to something as serious as glaucoma, which can cause blindness. If you notice red or bloodshot eyes in your pet you should take him into see a veterinarian as soon as possible.
Just like humans, your pets can have a rise in temperature and have a fever. Unfortunately, identifying a fever in dogs and cats isn’t as easy as it is in people.
Regular physical examinations and routine diagnostic tests are essential for your pet, because changes in your pet’s health can occur quickly and at any time.
Learn how Molly's role as Manager of Research with the Banfield Applied Research and Knowledge team has opened a new pathway for her to make an impact on the profession.
Fall is the time of year when people tend to clean up their yards. Keep in mind that there are many potential hazards out there for your pets...
The holidays are a busy time of year for people, and all the hustle and bustle can affect dogs, too.
With the 2014 Atlantic hurricane season bearing down on the Northeast, Banfield Pet Hospital and the American Humane Association will mobilize its new, 50-foot Red StarTM emergency rescue vehicle to ensure pet owners and their pets are prepared to weather the storms ahead. 
Banfield Foundation is proud to announce a $45,000 grant to the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) to fund a pilot program benefiting underserved Native American pet owners in New Mexico.
Find out how other veterinarians overcome stress and compassion fatigue that so often comes with practicing veterinary medicine.
Here are 10 ways you and your Banfield veterinarian can partner together to help promote wellness and help your dog or cat get the care they deserve.
2016 was a transformative year for Banfield's Corporate Social Responsibility program. See the highlights in our annual report.
Each cat is different but depending on factors including daylength, temperature and the presence of intact males it can be as early as 4 months.
Try making this recipe a fun activity for you and a delicious treat for your dog.
In the event of any disaster, pets are not allowed inside Red Cross emergency shelters due to public health and safety reasons. If you need to evacuate to a public shelter during a disaster, you must plan in advance for the care of your dog, cat, etc. Such planning could save your pet's life.
When Marshall, a 12-year-old boy diagnosed with Huntington’s disease, learned he was going to receive the dog he’s been wanting for several years, we couldn’t help but get involved.
To get rid of or repel fleas off my dog, I have heard yeast and garlic can help, is that true?
A large dog ran at my puppy and hurt his leg to the point that he couldn't walk on it for a few days. When we took him to another veterinary hospital, they did an x-ray and said he dislocated his knee...
My puppy got a wound that looks like a scratch on his lower eyelid. How should I treat the wound and to keep it from infection?
I think my little dog was stung by a Yellow Jacket. What can I do? I have given her tiny amounts of Benadryl Fast Melts. She still seems lethargic and is shivering.
Thank you for dropping off your pet with us today! The following information will be used to help our veterinary team accurately complete your pet’s medical history for today’s visit.
Demodectic Mange is caused by a microscopic mite, which lives under the skin around hair shafts. Often appearing around the eyes, over the top of the skull, or on the feet in the form of patchy hair loss, crusting and redness, this form of mange is not considered to be contagious under normal circumstances.
Obesity has become a major issue for humans in the United States. Unfortunately, pets pick up many habits from their owners and now weight is becoming an issue for dogs and cats, as well.
Many families want to know how they can keep their pet safe during cold weather months. See below for pet safety tips to keep in mind.
Enteritis is an inflammation or infection of the intestines in general. Colitis is an inflammation or infection confined to the large bowel. These diseases can range from mild and self-correcting to severe and rapidly fatal. A chronic form that persists over time causing weight loss and general ill health exists as well. Enteritis may be accompanied by "gastritis" (stomach inflammation or infection).
We’re approaching that time of year when our little ghosts and goblins will be out parading in the night. If you decide to take your dog with you while “trick or treating” with the kids this year, there are some basic safety issues to consider.
Is your cat more of a wall flower than a party animal? With the holiday season just around the corner, it’s important to recognize that celebrations can bring with them the potential for stress.
As a pet owner, you know the importance of vaccinating your pet against diseases and illnesses. Equally important is knowing why and when to review your pet’s vaccine schedule, as there may be a need for some adjustments over time.
Common sense tells us that it is best to keep our pets out of the mid-day sun. But when this is not possible, applying sunscreen is a good option. Your pet could wear protective clothing, but when temperatures soar, this might not be so practical.
Warm weather weekends at the beach, lake or pool make as big a splash with pets as with the rest of the family. But before diving in, every doggie paddler in the family can use a few poolside precautions to get a head start on swimming season with these summer tips.
Dogs and cats have two glands located just inside the anal opening called anal sacs, or anal glands. The glands are normal structures that produce fluid with an unpleasant odor. These sacs can become infected, inflamed, or cancerous.
Bordetella bronchiseptica is a bacterial agent that, along with several viruses, contributes to Canine Infectious Tracheobronchitis, or "Kennel Cough" disease.
Bordetella bronchiseptica is a bacterial agent that, along with several viruses, contributes to Canine Infectious Tracheobronchitis, or "Kennel Cough" disease.
This handout is intended to educate pet owners on behavior modification techniques that can be used to keep dogs from jumping up on people during greetings.
In 2009, Banfield research team reported that, among cats and dogs, cats seen in our hospitals had the highest prevalence of fleas when compared to dogs nearly as high as 12 percent. The northwestern United States had the highest reported prevalence of fleas in cats.
As veterinary practitioners and pet lovers, we understand the anxiety that comes along with a missing or lost pet. So we have created the following guide on preventing pet loss, and the tools you can use to help recover lost pets.
Our pets may not always be able to care for themselves, but here are a few safety measures you can take to help protect your furry friends.
In our second annual Corporate Social Responsibility report, we’ve highlighted programs and stories that made a difference in the lives of pets and pet owners who are most in need of help.
Read Dr. Carla Lerum’s thoughts on being a woman in the world of science.
Pyoderma is a bacterial infection of the skin. Infection may be secondary to, or associated with, other skin abnormalities or damage such as allergies, irritants, skin trauma, fungal infections, external parasites, general poor health or nutrition, or hormonal imbalances.
Banfield Pet Hospital and the Banfield Foundation came together for the Portland Veteran’s Stand Down, an event that supports veterans who are either at-risk or experiencing homelessness.
Not only is having a clean and comfortable pet important, but starting a regular grooming routine is a great way for your pet to get used to the experience and bond with you at the same time.
Preparing your home for the arrival of a new puppy is important for the safety of your pet as well as your family. Here are some things to think about when puppy proofing your home.
I have a healthy indoor kitten about 8 months old. He eats only cat food, no table scraps or the like, but he is also aware there are other things to eat as he tries to snatch my food if I am not look...
Recently my small Dachshund had to undergo surgery for a large growth on her chest. The veterinarian decided that she should be spayed at the same time as the surgery because he believed the growth wa...
Learn about dental treatments and proper dental care for dogs and cats from the veterinarians at Banfield Pet Hospital.
The winter holidays can be fun for the whole family, but make sure it’s a safe time for your pet.
Anyone who spends time around dogs has probably experienced a scenario where a seemingly friendly dog has come too close to another dog and it resulted in a negative or aggressive altercation. It may not always be clear why they reacted the way they did. Sometimes social creatures just appreciate some space.
In September, as the kids head back to school, did you consider that your dog may have to adjust to the changes in the family routine just like everyone else? During the summer, your children and the family dog can develop a strong bond. Now there’s suddenly an empty and quiet house. This change in routine can cause your dog to suffer from separation anxiety or depression—to actually miss your kids—and even follow them to school. Your dog may experience the effects of the loss of extra playtime and the friendship developed with your children by exhibiting signs of separation through destructive behaviors.
Finding the exact cause of the biting and scratching can be challenging. In the area of dermatology, many different skin diseases often look very much alike. Approaching dermatology cases requires patience, because all too often, pets can have more than one type of disease or infection - complicating the diagnosis.
Dental tartar is composed of various mineral salts, organic material, bacteria, serum, and food particles. In the early stages of accumulation, the material is soft, but as time passes, it becomes hard and adheres to the teeth. Tartar builds up under the gum line as well as below it. Tartar is visible as a yellow to brown material on the tooth surface, usually near the gum, or gingival line.
We’ve prepared this list of common Thanksgiving hazards for dogs and cats so you can take precautions and avoid a holiday emergency.
Read this guide to learn how to exercise and groom your hamster from the veterinarians at Banfield Pet Hospital.
A tiny bite from just one mosquito is all it takes for the parasite to enter your pet’s body and bloodstream. Over time, heartworm larvae can grow into long worms that live in the heart and major vessels surrounding the heart. The heart muscles get weakened and the pet’s lungs slowly get obstructed. If left undetected or untreated, the worms can even cause sudden death. This is why heartworm preventives are important and should be administered year-round.
If your pet has extensive skin damage, and is constantly biting, licking and scratching, your veterinarian may have diagnosed the condition as flea allergy dermatitis.
To kick off National Pet Dental Month, Banfield Pet Hospital releases a scratch and sniff children's book to teach families about the importance of dog dental care. 
That really depends on why your pet is itchy. Many skin conditions, some of them serious, can cause excess itching and scratching. Consider a veterinary examination for your canine companion to determine if any medical conditions exist or if treatment is needed.
Natural or organic flea preparations have been tried for years, but their effectiveness have not been proven. Even though using natural products may seem like the “green” way to go, they may do little to control parasites and could potentially be toxic if used inappropriately.
Find out how cognitive bias in a veterinary hospital setting can lead to actions that may ultimately impact patient health and safety.
See how our team of associates is constantly striving to positively impact the lives of pets and lead the pet health care industry into the future.
With the mission to help every veterinarian succeed, we're providing access to our best practices and protocols, tools and other preventive care topics.
You should handle your pet's feet and nails frequently and from as early an age as possible.
Urine marking (spraying) is usually a cat's way to mark territory. The marking behavior is most frequently seen in adult males that have not been neutered. Occasionally, it can be an indicator of urinary tract or other disease.
Lameness is a general term used for limping, abnormal gait, or pain that manifests itself in a pet's limbs. One or more legs may be affected.
People often need the jolt or energy from a dose of caffeine to get us going throughout the day. But it’s never a good idea to feed anything to your pet that contains caffeine. In fact, many products on the market contain large amounts of caffeine or caffeine-like stimulants that are toxic to a dog or cat.
Puppies need to chew and will! However, they should never be allowed to bite or mouth your hands, even in play. If so, they will think it is all right to bite.
Read the Rabbit Grooming & Exercise Guide, from the veterinarians at Banfield Pet Hospital, to learn how to groom and exercise your small pet.
Dermatitis is inflammation of the skin. Inflammation may be secondary to, or associated with, other skin abnormalities or damage such as allergies, irritants, skin trauma, bacterial or fungal infections, external parasites, general poor health or nutrition, hormonal imbalances, and immune system abnormalities. If bacteria are involved, they are usually normal skin organisms that have opportunistically invaded a weakened area of the most external layer of skin.
Unspayed cats often repeatedly cycle through heat until they are spayed or bred.
Did you ever wonder if your pets have the same issues with their teeth as you do? Do pets get cavities? Can they develop plaque or tartar buildup? Should your pet undergo professional cleanings just as you would? Read on to get the answers...
Fleas are small, brown or black, wingless, rapid-moving insects that feed on blood by biting pets and, occasionally, people.
Banfield’s Pet Healthcare Industry Summit is an annual event that brings together leaders from the veterinary profession to discuss barriers and opportunities facing the industry and collaborate on solutions. 
Obesity is a common disorder of companion animals. Senior adult dogs and cats (10+ years) are more at risk for being overweight than pets of other age groups.
Obesity is a common disorder of companion animals. Senior adult dogs and cats (10+ years) are more at risk for being overweight than pets of other age groups.
If your cat has been diagnosed with diabetes mellitus, this handout will help introduce you to some of the terms and treatments that accompany this diagnosis.
Banfield Pet Hospital is pleased to name Brian Garish president, as which he will oversee the organization’s more than 975 hospitals and 16,000 associates.
At Banfield Pet Hospital, helping pets and the people who love them is more than just a job – we’re here to give back and deliver on our purpose: A BETTER WORLD FOR PETS.
Cats are known for hiding illness, weakness or pain—especially chronic conditions like dental, kidney and even heart disease. This goes back to their existence in the wild when trying to avoid attracting the attention of would-be predators.
"Ringworm" is the common name for several types of fungi that can infect the skin of pets and people. These organisms can be found in the soil, on pets, or on humans. Pets may acquire a fungal infection from any of these sources and, in turn, pass the infection along to others.
A cataract is a clouding of the lens of the eye that interferes with the normal lens function. Cataracts are often age related. Injury, infections, toxins, congenital or inherited abnormalities, and several diseases (including diabetes) can cause cataract formation as well.
Obesity means seriously overweight. It almost always results from a combination of too much food and too little exercise. Breed characteristics, temperament, and hormone imbalances may also influence body weight.
A cardiac murmur is an abnormal heart sound heard by placing a stethoscope on the chest. Murmurs can vary widely in intensity and cause. They are classified by grading them on a scale of 1-6 for loudness and by several other factors.
Although it is an unlikely event(especially if you use flea and tick preventive treatments as recommended)if you do find a tick on your pet, our Banfield veterinarians have some advice for removing it safely.
Based on information from The State of Pet Health by Banfield’s Applied Research and Knowledge Team
Chronic diarrhea is defined as diarrhea that lasts for three weeks or longer. At times, your cat’s fecal material can have fresh blood or mucus in it. There could be some kind of intestinal disease present, especially if your cat has experienced a change in appetite and has lost weight, shows a diminished body condition, has developed a poor hair coat and is less active. It’s important that you check in with your veterinarian as soon as possible.
Your pet's breed and size are important determinants and predictors of health issues he or she might experience with age.
As your pet ages, we want to keep our four-legged family member moving and active as long as possible. One common ailment that can sideline your dog or cat in the later years is osteoarthritis, a degenerative joint disease
Based on information from The State of Pet Health by Banfield’s Applied Research and Knowledge Team
By their very nature, dogs are curious and this can get them in all sorts of trouble. This is one reason why it’s more likely that a dog would be sprayed by skunk rather than a cat.
Six 12-week-old male rats from the same litter were presented with sneezing and excessive porphyrin secretion in their tears (chromodacryorrhea).
Pet Poison Helpline, Banfield's partner in diagnosing poisoning cases, offers the following tips on what to do if you suspect your pet has been poisoned.