At PenBay Vets one of our main goals is client education. The greater your understanding of pet health concerns and the effects of different diseases, the better care you can give your pets. Below is a collection of articles we have written on topics concerning pet health to help you be better informed. Please check back frequently, as seasonal topics will vary. For additional information visit our Pet Health Library.

By Dr. Lindsay Church, PenBay Veterinary Associates

What is acupuncture?

Acupuncture is the insertion of needles in a specific point to increase blood flow and produce a healing response via the central nervous system. Acupuncture has been used for thousands of years in China as both preventative medicine and to treat illnesses.

It is used widely...

The health of your pet can change rapidly as he or she ages. Beginning at around age seven, your pet enters his or her senior years. At this stage, pets often begin to develop diseases common to their senior human counterparts, such as diabetes, heart disease, thyroid disease, and cancer. In fact, one out of 10 pets that appears healthy has an underlying disease. ...

From the American Animal Hospital Assocation

PenBay Vet's is an AAHA accredited veterinary hospital serving Camden, Rockport, Rockland and surrounding Midcoast Maine communities.

You just love your darling pet and are sure everyone else does, too. How could they not? So if you were to pass away or no longer be able to care for your pet, a family member...

From the American Animal Hospital Assocation

PenBay Vet's is an AAHA accredited veterinary hospital serving Camden, Rockport, Rockland and surrounding Midcoast Maine communities.

Cancer sniffing dogs—are they a hoax? Not according to research. A 2011 Japanese study showed that ordinary dogs can be trained to use their sense of smell to detect...

From the American Animal Hospital Assocation

PenBay Vet's is an AAHA accredited veterinary hospital serving Camden, Rockport, Rockland and surrounding Midcoast Maine communities.

The puppy you adopted years ago may not be quite as spry anymore. Just like humans, pets’ bodies, minds, and behaviors change as they grow older. Senior dogs and cats...

You've heard it before - having your pet's teeth cleaned regularly by a veterinarian can greatly improve your pet's health and well-being.  For that reason we take dental care seriously at PenBay Veterinary Associates.  Getting a pet's teeth cleaned isn't the same as your trip to the dentist.  First off - despite great intentions, most pet owners don't...

Wrtiten By Seth Davis

When people get a new dog or cat, they might question whether rabies vaccination is really needed. Maybe they consider it just another frivolous expense, or perhaps they view it as unnecessary because they plan on always keeping the cat indoors.

In reality, spending a few minutes and a few dollars getting the vaccination can spare pet owners...

We have all heard that laughter is the best medicine.  Well, certainly another front runner is preventive medicine.  When it comes to our pets, they can keep us healthy by keeping us smiling and we, in turn, can optimize their health through preventive care.  Some ways to keep our pets healthy include regular health checks, vaccinations, parasite control, dental care, regular...

Urinary incontinence (involuntary urine leakage) is a scary and frustrating problem that many dog owners encounter. When your four-legged friend develops urinary incontinence don’t fear the worst.  It is a fairly common problem, especially in older female dogs.  Many dog owners fear that incontinence is due to senility or irreparable age related change.  Most cases of...

Written By Maureen Blaney Flietner

Bloat is a generic term sometimes used by pet parents to describe what happens when their dog gets into a bag of dog food or if their dog is gassy, says Elizabeth Rozanski, DVM, of Tufts University, North Grafton, Mass.

But what veterinarians mean by bloat is gastric dilatation volvulus (GDV)—words that put the needed...

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