How to Trim Dog Nails

Many people find the task of trimming a dog’s nails intimidating. The nail contains both a blood vessel (the “quick”) and a nerve that can lead to bleeding and pain if the nail is cut too short. Yet nail trims are very important for the comfort and health of the pet. This grooming task is


Crate Training

The first time someone learns about crate training a dog, their initial response is usually negative. Who wants to keep a dog in a cage? In reality, crate training keeps young and adolescent dogs safe when no one is home to supervise them. It also gives them a “den” where they can seek refuge when



Heartworms are one of the most deadly parasites of dogs and cats. Is your pet at risk? The answer is a resounding YES. It doesn’t matter whether you own an all indoor cat or a dog who likes to romp in the woods. All dogs and cats in the mid-Atlantic region are at risk for


Heartworm Test

Heartworm tests are blood tests run to determine if an animal is infected with heartworms. The test may be run in-house or sent to a reference laboratory. If run in-house, results are often available in as little as 10 minutes. In dogs, heartworm tests work by detecting antigens of the heartworm in the dog’s blood.


Reading Pet Food Labels

            Selecting a food for your pet can become a frustrating and confusing experience when looking at the label. What does all that information really mean? What is important and what is not? How do you know if you are choosing a quality food when they all claim to be



Hookworms get their name from their hook-like teeth. Hookworms are one of the most dangerous intestinal parasites of dogs and cats because they feed on blood. These parasites use their sharp teeth to attach to the interior lining of the host’s intestine where they can consume copious amounts of blood. A heavy infestation of hookworms