7 Tips to Getting Your Dog to a Perfect Weight

by Dr. James St. Clair. Posted in Everyday Health, Food for Thought

Every day in my practice, I encounter overweight pets. And year after year, when these dogs and their owners return for their health and wellness check-up with me, these animals have never lost a pound – or in most cases, have gained even more weight. The majority of the time, the clients will look at […]

Acupuncture for Dogs: What you need to know

by Dr. James St. Clair. Posted in Medicine, Rehabilitation

Many people seek alternative methods for their pets and acupuncture tends to be a sought out therapy now more than ever. Acupuncture has been used in China for thousands of years to treat a number of conditions as well as to maintain overall health. Veterinary acupuncture started with treating horses over a thousand years ago […]

It’s All About the Bond

by Dr. James St. Clair. Posted in Everyday Health, Nutrition & Wellness

  I often get asked, “Why did you want to become a veterinarian?” As many of you know, my father is also a veterinarian. In fact, he just recently retired after over 50 years in practice.  What an amazing professional career he had devoting all those years to helping heal animals and keeping them well. […]

The 5 Reasons Your Dog Needs a Canine Rehabilitation Professional in Their Life

by Dr. James St. Clair. Posted in Everyday Health, Rehabilitation

Just like in human medicine, where there is a specialist for every part of your body, the same now holds true for our dogs. If you have a back problem you go to a neurologist, a bone problem you go to an orthopedic specialist and both of them almost always will refer you to a […]

Pet Obesity: Shocking Statistics About the #1 Health Threat to Your Dog

by Dr. James St. Clair. Posted in Everyday Health, Nutrition & Wellness

It’s no secret that a healthy, balanced diet is one of the best ways for us humans to enjoy longer, happier lives. It’s also no secret that obesity amongst humans in the U.S. is on the rise. Despite being aware of the serious, potentially fatal health risks associated with overeating, poor food choices, and lack […]

Help Your Dog Beat the Heat: Top 10 Things You Should Know

by Dr. James St. Clair. Posted in Everyday Health

Summer is a wonderful time of year, bringing longer days, less stress, and more adventures. It also means soaring temperatures and sometimes unbearable heat. As much fun as this time of year can be, it also comes with challenges and potential danger for our furry friends. Here are 10 tips to help your dog beat […]

Be an Advocate for Your Dog’s Joints

by Dr. James St. Clair. Posted in Joint Health

It’s hard to overstate the importance of your dog’s joint health. Healthy joints are what allows your beloved pet to enjoy long walks, chase after balls, and play in the yard with your kids. So when it comes to this important issue, I’ll tell you right off the bat that it’s something you need to […]

Skin and Coat Health: Tips for the Shine

by Dr. James St. Clair. Posted in Nutrition & Wellness

A glossy coat and lustrous skin are some of the most recognized signs of a happy and healthy pup. Such dogs seem to emanate a glow from the inside out, shining from tip to tail. So, what to do if your dog’s skin and coat are lacking in luster? Here are our top tips to […]

The Top 5 Benefits of Swimming for Dogs

by Dr. James St. Clair. Posted in Everyday Health, Rehabilitation

Have you ever witnessed the pure joy of a lab belly-slamming into a lake after a tennis ball, a border collie cooling off in the ocean on a hot day, or a Newfoundland proudly saving his human companion from the backyard pool – even when they don’t actually need saving? Many dogs love to swim, […]

The 5 Reasons So Many Dogs Tear Their ACL

by Dr. James St. Clair. Posted in Joint Health

And What You Can Do to Help Prevent It Why is it that an ACL (Anterior Cruciate Ligament) injury in dogs is the most common orthopedic injury of all veterinary medicine? Did nature not make this ligament strong enough in dogs? Is it simply due to bad breeding, or are there other factors in play here […]