Katherine Smith, DVM, CVA, CVSMT

Katherine Smith, DVM, CVA, CVSMT

Veterinarian
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Dr. Katherine Smith

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Natural Pain Relief for Dogs
Natural Pain Relief for Dogs
Natural pain relief for dogs is a hot topic for pet parents. You’ve likely come across this article because you’re looking for additional options to manage your dog’s pain beyond traditional pharmaceuticals.  Your dog may be experiencing negative side effects from a medication, or perhaps you want additional pain control for your dog’s injury, or your dog is getting little relief from...
Akita Dog
Akita Dog
The Akita is a dog breed originally found in Japan. After World War II, there were fewer than 50 Akitas remaining in Japan. In response, a determined group of people worked to bring back and preserve the breed. Their efforts proved successful, and now we see the breed in households across the globe. Akitas were originally bred for big game hunting and protection. and are now used as police dogs...
Swelling of the Salivary Gland in Dogs
Swelling of the Salivary Gland in Dogs
What is Swelling of the Salivary Gland in Dogs?Dogs have several salivary glands located in the neck and area around the jaw. Swelling of the salivary glands (sialocele) occurs when one (or more) of these glands leaks saliva into the tissue surrounding the gland. When a leak occurs, the body forms a capsule called a sialocele around it to prevent the saliva from spreading to nearby tissue....
Dog Hives
Dog Hives
What Are Dog Hives?Hives (also referred to as urticaria) are areas of the skin that appear reddened and raised. Just as with humans, hives can be very itchy for your dog. They’re a sign that an allergy is causing the immune system to overreact. Hives can appear very quickly—and disappear just as quickly. The raised red area of the skin is referred to as a “wheal,” and it can appear...
Hypertrophic Osteodystrophy in Dogs (HOD in Dogs)
What Is Hypertrophic Osteodystrophy in Dogs?Hypertrophic osteodystrophy (HOD) is an orthopedic developmental disorder that can cause limping, pain, and swelling of a dog’s joints. It can be seen in rapidly growing large breed and giant breed dogs, such as Great Danes, Weimaraners, Labrador Retrievers, and Standard Poodles. Vets can diagnose HOD in dogs as early as a few months old, and it...
3 Remedies for Upset Stomach in Dogs
3 Remedies for Upset Stomach in Dogs
When you have an upset stomach, you probably reach for ginger ale or crackers to settle your tummy. But what should you do when your dog’s stomach is out of sorts? Here’s some information about the causes and symptoms of upset stomach in dogs and tips for how to make your pup feel better with natural remedies.  Common Causes of Upset Stomach in DogsThere are many reasons your dog may have...