• Dr. Kelly McCarty posted a new activity comment 4 years, 10 months ago

    Hello Pam.
    Generally skin tags are diagnosed because of there small size. We treat them like moles, as in, if they get bigger, bleed, ooze, change shape, or grow friends, we will remove them.
    I am unsure the reason not to remove it. Surgeons do not want to put a patient with other medical risks such as a heart condition or metabolic disorder…[Read more]

  • Dr. Kelly McCarty posted a new activity comment 4 years, 11 months ago

    Hello Toni.
    Of the things that will help grass grow, urine, in almost any form, is not one of them. The pH of water tends to be 7.0 or neutral. Most animal urine tends to be higher (alkaline) or lower (acidic). Some grasses may handle variance to the perfect pH of 7.0, but I am unsure which grasses those are.
    Changing the pH of an animal’s u…[Read more]

  • Dr. Kelly McCarty posted a new activity comment 5 years ago

    Grass chewing. Yum! So generally grass chewing comes from two areas. Either your dog just likes the taste, or he has an upset stomach. The upset stomach tends to be seen as pets get older, but can also be from having too much stomach acid. We often see this in dogs who are free fed, or eat every 12 hours or less. I like to feed 3X/day,…[Read more]

    • Thanks for the reply! I think I figured it out… I recently switched his food and was feeding him a little less. Went back to the same amount of food I was feeding him before and he’s no longer doing it anymore.

  • Dr. Kelly McCarty posted a new activity comment 5 years, 3 months ago

    Hi Kayla- Dawn,

    It can be difficult to accurately determine the adult weight of a puppy. A general rule of thumb is that a puppy is half-grown at four months of age. This hinges on the puppy being accurately assessed for age and, of course, there are always outliers. Knowing the current weight and size of both parents would ultimately be the…[Read more]

  • Dr. Kelly McCarty posted a new activity comment 5 years, 3 months ago

    Hi Toni,
    As a veterinarian, I do help owners plan for the future and what the best situation may be for a particular pet in the case of a serious illness or death. There are also many nonprofit organizations that can help in these situations as well. For instance, here in Colorado Springs, we have Safe Place for Pets, which is a nonprofit…[Read more]

  • Dr. Kelly McCarty posted a new activity comment 5 years, 5 months ago

    Hi Britta,
    It is first important to discuss how Satchmo is doing overall. Normal appetite and water intake? Any vomiting, diarrhea, or weight loss? Any increase in frequency of urination or accidents in the house? If you feel that there are any other changes occurring with Satchmo, then I would recommend a consultation with your primary…[Read more]

  • Dr. Kelly McCarty posted a new activity comment 5 years, 8 months ago

    Hi Toni,
    Anti-freeze is extremely dangerous to pets. It will cause severe kidney damage. After ingestion clinical signs progress quickly and, unfortunately, often lead to the death of the patient.
    Sidewalk de-icers generally are calcium carbonate, calcium magnesium acetate or chloride salts of potassium, magnesium, and sodium. Of this group,…[Read more]

  • Dr. Kelly McCarty posted a new activity comment 5 years, 8 months ago

    Hi Inka,
    I apologize for the delayed response. First, your cat’s condition is not one I can diagnosis online. Your cat should be seen by your primary veterinarian for further evaluation and work-up. Also, in your previous post you mentioned that both cats were having seizures. There is a very different list of concerns in a household where…[Read more]

  • Dr. Kelly McCarty posted a new activity comment 5 years, 9 months ago

    Hi Toni,
    This is the most recent information from the American Veterinary Medical Association website regarding Ebola and companion animals:

    At this time, the CDC states that there have been no reports of dogs or cats becoming sick with Ebola or of being able to spread the virus to people or animals. Even in areas of Africa where Ebola is…[Read more]

  • Dr. Kelly McCarty posted a new activity comment 5 years, 10 months ago

    Hi Sean,
    There are several safety concerns for our pets when it comes to Halloween. Most importantly do not allow your pet to ingest any candy/treats that are in the household. Ingestion of certain types of candy can cause significant toxicity issues leading to serious health concerns. Eating these treats can also inflammation of the stomach,…[Read more]

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  • Dr. Kelly McCarty posted a new activity comment 5 years, 11 months ago

    Hi Toni,
    The loss of a loved pet is never easy. Your veterinarian most likely works with a company that specializes in pet cremations as well as providing remembrance items. Some of these companies also offer memorial services and pet burial options. Your veterinarian can help guide you through these choices to what works best for your family.…[Read more]

  • Dr. Kelly McCarty posted a new activity comment 5 years, 11 months ago

    Hi Toni,
    Dogs and cats can definitely have allergies just like people! They can have food allergies as well as environmental/seasonal allergies. Many animals have mild allergies that can be controlled with antihistamines or food; however, some animals have severe allergies that require year round medications, many of which have significant side…[Read more]

  • Dr. Kelly McCarty posted a new activity comment 5 years, 11 months ago

    Hi Sean,
    Bees and other insect stings can certainly pose health risks to our pets. First, it is never wrong to have your pet examined by your veterinarian after an insect sting. Bee stings can cause localized swelling, redness, and itching which results in discomfort for your pet. Pets can also have allergic reactions to stings that can result…[Read more]

  • Dr. Kelly McCarty posted a new activity comment 5 years, 11 months ago

    Hi Cody,
    It is very common to see frenetic periods of activity after bath time. There are a lot of theories as to why this happens but we do not know for sure.
    Take care,
    Kelly McCarty, DVM

  • Dr. Kelly McCarty posted a new activity comment 5 years, 11 months ago

    Hi George,
    Ultimately the type of haircut style you choose for your Yorkie Terrier in the winter is a matter of preference; however there are a few things to keep in mind. Yorkie Terriers do not have an undercoat so having longer hair does not keep them warmer. Sweaters and coats would be necessary regardless of haircut style to help them stay…[Read more]