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Wailani Sung, MS, PhD, DVM, DACVB
Dec 04,2018

As a dog owner, you are probably familiar with dog face licking, whether you think it’s cute or not. But why do dogs lick your face? Should you stop the behavior? Why Do Dogs Lick Your Face? The common dog face licking behavior has evolved from the wolf puppy behavior of licking the mouths of adult… Read More

JoAnna Pendergrass, DVM
Nov 16,2018

  Dogs and cats can develop hip problems due to genetics, injury or simply old age. For example, canine hip dysplasia is a genetic disease that causes abnormal hip joint development. Legg-Perthes disease, which is a lack of blood flow to the top of the femur, is an uncommon hip condition affecting… Read More

Wailani Sung, MS, PhD, DVM, DACVB
Nov 12,2018

Dogs are social animals, which is why they make good pets. Most people expect their dogs to be friendly toward people and other dogs, but what if the puppy you raised or the adult dog that you recently adopted shows no interest in other dogs? Is it a dog socialization issue? Is this something you… Read More

JoAnna Pendergrass, DVM
Oct 31,2018

  Heartworm disease is a serious, potentially life-threatening disease that is caused by the parasite Dirofilaria immitis, which is carried by mosquitoes. Although both dogs and cats are affected by heartworms, dogs are most commonly affected.   Heartworm Life Cycle   Heartworm medication does not… Read More

Wailani Sung, MS, PhD, DVM, DACVB
Oct 11,2018

Do cats talk to each other? Felines communicate with their peers through vocalizations, physical contact, visual cues and chemical cues. When communicating, cats exhibit subtle signaling compared to dogs due to their smaller features and quicker movements. If you blink your eye, you may have missed… Read More

JoAnna Pendergrass, DVM
Sep 19,2018

  I recently ran a race on the Fourth of July. It was a grueling, 6.2-mile run in the heat and humidity of a typical summer day. Needless to say, I was drenched in sweat by the time the race was over. Dogs weren’t allowed in the race, but if they had been, they wouldn’t have been sweating like… Read More

Wailani Sung, MS, PhD, DVM, DACVB
Sep 11,2018

How often should you walk your dog? Determining how often to walk a dog depends on several factors, including your dog’s breed, age and energy level. And of course, it also depends on the amount of time you have to walk your dog. Here’s how each of these factors weigh in when determining how often… Read More