Dr. April Ward Bio
May 16, 2020
A high school teacher dampened Dr. Ward's dream of being a veterinarian... Finally, she decided to follow her dream, and after several years of hard work, she graduated from NCSU College of Veterinary Medicine.
I “Heart” Worms?
Apr 28, 2020
April also is Heartworm Awareness Month, and every pet parent needs to hear about heartworms and be familiar with the reasons to prevent their invasion into their baby's bodies.
Love The Animals
Apr 09, 2020
April is Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Month, and in this time of added stress and anxiety over our own lives and the economy during the coronavirus pandemic, this topic offers us an opportunity to look beyond ourselves to those creatures who are at our mercy all the time.
Don’t, Spot, Don’t (Eat That)!
Mar 30, 2020
Taste definitely relies on the tongue and taste buds, so it surprises us when our pets eat things like fertilizer or pennies or potpourri. Luckily that stuff isn't toxic (except to our imaginations), but there are so many things that are poisonous to our furry babies that we need to educate ourselves about...
The Prescription for Sweet Kisses
Feb 06, 2020
February is not just for Valentine's Day. It's also a month set aside by the veterinary profession to exalt the benefits of dental health for our pets.
Dog Breeding Checklist
Jul 30, 2019
You’re quite certain that your dog is the most perfect creature to ever walk the earth, and you’d love to have another one just like them. You decide that the logical next step is to find them a partner and plan for puppies. But before you jump in with all paws, consider the magnitude of your decision.
Why all the lab work?
Nov 05, 2017
Lab work reveals a more comprehensive picture of what's going on inside your pet's body.
Why does my pet need an exam?
Nov 04, 2017
A physical exam is an opportunity for your veterinarian to uncover a wide range of possible disease processes in their early stages.
Arthritis in pets
Nov 04, 2017
Changes in a pet's behavior may indicate arthritis pain. What can pet parents do?
First aid for pet poisoning
Jul 23, 2017
Accidental poisonings are threats to pets. Learn how to avoid and prepare for this danger.
Pet Insurance Ins and Outs
Apr 08, 2015
Insurance for pets has been around for over 30 years, but it continues to be baffling to both pet parents and veterinarians. So many questions arise when debating a pet insurance purchase.
Dr. Google, my vet and me: Partnerships in pet healthcare
Mar 06, 2015
"If you get sick, pray it's something common, because if it isn't, you're in trouble!" That is what my Petfinder co-founder said after his experience as a radiology resident in one of the top hospitals in the country. The same could apply to pets.
Taking a cat’s temperature
Oct 21, 2014
Cats can run fevers for a variety of reasons. Signs include loss of appetite, lethargy, shivering, rapid respiration or symptoms of an illness.
Are you too good to your pet?
Oct 19, 2014
Obesity in pets, both dogs and cats, is rampant. In fact, the percentage of overweight and obese cats is higher at 57.6%, than dogs at 52.6%. How do you know how much to feed your pet?