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Wailani Sung, MS, PhD, DVM, DACVB
Dec 05,2018

The life of a cat appears to be idle and indulgent. Looking over at my cats as they lounge in their cat treeor in a cozy spot on my bed, sometimes I wish I could live their lives. I will admit that my cats live a pampered life. They are treated like royalty. They have plenty of comfortable spaces… Read More

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 stop… 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 their… Read More