Entries by Jeff Smith DVM

Alphie

Alphie is a very shy, sweet personality and is precious beyond words to his owner.  He is a thin dog and only middle aged – to young to be walking with such a significant limp.  It seemed that one of his rear legs or something in his rear end was painful. He had visited at […]

Too Many Cats!

A Danville man was having trouble with stray cats accumulating around his house, it was hard to determine when the problem started, but it was definitely beginning to get out of hand.  He had about 9 cats and springtime breeding season was approaching. He came to see us at The Family Vet and Dr. Smith […]

Iris Is About 12 Years Old

Iris is about 12 years old, her cataracts have rendered her completely blind, and her eyes have a beautiful pearlescent shine that mirrors her personality.  She was found in Pittsylvanina County wandering in the middle of the road. We will never know what her life was like before she was found, but Iris’ story is […]

LEARN ABOUT RABIES

World Rabies Day is September 28, 2015, and Rabies Awareness Week is September 28 – October 3. This is a good time to remind everyone how important it is to keep your pet’s rabies vaccination up to date. Rabies is a deadly virus that attacks the nervous system of almost all mammals. It does not […]

Senior Pet Awareness

by Sophia P. Decker, LVT Is your pet a “senior citizen”?  If your pet is seven years or older, he is considered a mature or senior pet.  Some people are surprised by this fact.  Pets do age faster than we do, and as your pet ages, there are several medical conditions that can occur.  Common conditions […]

Danville VA Walking Trails For You and Your Dog

Fall is a wonderful time of year to take your dog for walks or hikes.  The temperature begins to drop, and the air is cool and crisp.  The green leaves of summer begin turning into fall’s beautiful colors of red, orange, and yellow.  There are many places available within an hour’s drive to take your […]

Izzy Gets Spayed

  What happens when your dog or cat gets spayed or neutered? I think my cat’s in heat, when can I get her spayed? What is a spay anyway? I get these questions all the time. Let’s follow along with Izzy as she comes in for her surgery and we will see what happens throughout […]

How to Clean Your Dog’s Teeth (Cats Too!)

Yes, you can clean your pets’ teeth at home.  I know dental hygienists who clean their personal pet’s teeth at home and it really makes a difference!  The unfortunate thing about our pet’s teeth is that they are much more prone to periodontal disease (inflammation and infection around the roots of the teeth), and cleaning […]