The Impact of Nutrition on Chronic Kidney Disease in Pets

Chronic kidney disease occurs commonly in middle-aged and older pets, but may also affect younger pets born with congenital problems. Kidney injuries can also occur in pets with serious infections, inflammatory conditions, or when blood flow becomes compromised, such as during anesthesia. The Groves Veterinary Clinic team believes early detection and dietary management are key [...]

Bark, Bark, Honk: Bordetella in Dogs

Many pet owners use “bordetella” and “kennel cough” interchangeably, but these terms have important differences. Bordetella is a bacterium, while kennel cough is an infectious disease caused by several viruses and bacteria combined. Vaccines can effectively reduce bordetella or kennel cough severity, but pet owners are often confused by the range of vaccine types. The [...]

When Sharing Isn’t Caring: Zoonotic Diseases and Pets

You share a lot with your pet—the couch, your bed, your time—and while sharing is generally a good thing, you’d probably rather not share some things with your pet. Disease, for instance. Zoonotic diseases can be transmitted from pets to people, and are a potential risk that every pet owner should know about. Our Groves [...]

Urethral Obstruction in Cats

One of the most common reasons cats come to our clinic is for urinary problem treatment. Bladder inflammation or infection can result from acute or chronic stress, and urinary crystals or stones can form secondary to infection or poorly understood metabolic and dietary factors. If inflammatory debris, crystals, or small stones stick together and become [...]

Special Diets for Special Needs: Urine Crystals and Bladder Stones in Pets

If your pet has chronic urinary tract infections, pain during urination, or blood in their urine, bladder stones or urine crystals could be to blame. Both conditions are common in dogs and cats, and may require surgery, a special diet, medications, or supplements to prevent recurrence. Some medical conditions, including liver shunts or calcium disorders, [...]

What to Expect When They’re Expecting—Pregnancy Evaluation for Pets

Are you anticipating the pitter-patter of an upcoming litter? Congratulations! But, before you start choosing names or shopping for tiny collars, you should confirm your pet’s pregnancy and fetal health through diagnostic imaging at Groves Veterinary Clinic. Like human medicine, pregnancy detection and monitoring in pets are important to ensure healthy fetal development and minimize [...]

Pyometra in Female Pets

Pyometra is a life-threatening uterine infection that affects unspayed (i.e., intact or unaltered) female dogs and cats. But, appreciable pyometra signs can be vague or nonexistent, and the condition can progress unnoticed until widespread damage has occurred. Understanding pyometra risks and costs can help you protect your female pet from this reproductive emergency.  Pyometra in [...]

Excessive Grooming in Pets

Grooming is a natural animal behavior that supports your pet’s health and hygiene, but excessive or over-grooming can signal a deeper problem. If your pet is grooming obsessively or targeting a specific area, check out this grooming guide from Groves Veterinary Clinic. That fresh clean feeling—grooming benefits for pets Cats are known for their fastidious [...]

Don’t Cry! Tear Staining in Pets

Tear staining is an unsightly and frustrating problem for many pet owners, although the stains are generally harmless to pets. However, sudden or increased staining may signal an underlying health issue that requires veterinary treatment. Groves Veterinary Clinic has compiled the following guide to help you understand this condition in your pet, and to provide [...]

Pet Anxiety 101

Pets can experience anxiety for many reasons, which must be addressed to prevent behavioral problems and potential health complications. Your pet’s responses are relative to their perceptions, whether or not an actual threat is present. Affected pets can exhibit unwanted behaviors and may develop gastrointestinal upset or feline idiopathic cystitis (FIC), and other conditions. Our [...]

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