Dr. Cindy and Community Veterinary Services

Welcome to The Library of Resources, Handouts and Newsletters.  We have tried to fit the basics on one page.  That was especially hard when it comes to skin problems.  So, think of these pages as a free animal hospital office visit on paper.  Take your time and have fun!



Here's a very good video that shows how deep the dog's ear canals are and how much ear flush you need to use. I think you can use even more than is shown here.

HOLIDAY TIPS from Dr. Cindy (This was so popular we decided to keep it here!):

Please DO NOT give your pets Holiday foods. Spiced ham, gravy,
creamed green beans with almonds (yum!) and anything with flavorings, sauces or spices is off limits. These foods cause diarrhea. It's OK to put some plain meat, potato or pasta aside for them before you flavor it.

If your adult dog does get diarrhea that has slime and a bit of blood in it don't panic. Here's what I want you to do: do not feed them anything for about 4 hours. They can have all the water they want but nothing to eat not even a milk bone. Let the digestive tract heal.  Then offer a small amount of boiled chicken and white rice to their regular dog food for a day or so. The diarrhea should subside.

Poisonous to dogs:

grapes, raisins
xylitol (artificial sweetener in candies)
and NO people foods unless it's plain! No sauces, spices or flavorings. (It causes diarrhea).

Toxic to Cats:


Dangerous to Cats:

Tinsel and all stringy things

OK Let's Talk About Diarrhea in Dogs

 Adult dogs that have diarrhea with slime and even specs of blood have colitis. Don't panic. This is usually caused by something they ate that they should not have or a sudden change in foods. Maybe you ran out of one brand of dog food and switched to another type or the dog got into the garbage or ate from your family barbecue or Holiday meal.

 The at home treatment for this is:

 1. Fast your dog for 4 to 6 hours. No food not even milk bones or treats. They can have all the water they want but no food.

 2. Then the next food is plain boiled chicken (chicken tenders are not plain!) and white rice. No flavorings not even salt. Over the next day or so you can add their regular dog food in.

 3. The diarrhea should go away in a day or so but if it continues they need to come see Dr. Cindy.


Diarrhea with blood that is pure blood is much more serious. These dogs especially puppies need to see the veterinarian right away.

Intestinal parasites like hookworms can also cause diarrhea with mucous and blood so as soon as you can bring your dog to Dr. Cindy. Lets be sure they are fully dewormed and on heartworm prevention which also prevents hookworms and roundworms.

 And please remember - no table food for the dog. (Giving people food with spices and flavorings for a long time can cause pancreatitis and in dogs this is a horrible illness.) It's OK to give plain meat with no flavoring or sauces. Try cooking a bit of meat separately for the dog.


If you order heartworm and other medications from an online pharmacy Dr. Cindy wants to be sure you are getting product that is not  "counterfeit", expired or being sold illegally.  It's a big problem.  Many online pharmacies are selling "diverted product". In other words someone (they will never say who) is buying it for them and they are selling it in mass quantities and making a lot of money.

Vets First Choice doesn't do that.
They purchase directly from the manufacturers such as Merck, Meriel, Virbac and Elanco who guarantee their products. They have a full time pharmacy staff that know pet medications. I've spoken with their pharmacists many times over the years and they're top notch. They are not a simple shipping warehouse.   And many human pharmacies that advertise carrying pet medications like Target and Wal Mart do not train their pharmacists in what the animal medications are for which can lead to medication errors!

So beware ordering from online pet pharmacies we don't know! They are required to call your veterinarian for prescription approval before sending it to you.

Here's a nice video link from the US Food and Drug Administration about on line Pet Pharmacy sales.


Do you have a question about PARASITES? Here is a link to the
Companion Animal Parasite Council.  There are maps you can click on and recommendations for parasite control.

Would you like to learn more about HEARTWORMS??  Here is a link to the organization that gives veterinarians the latest information. Try the Pet Owner Resources.

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