Chris Vanderhoof, DVM, MPH

Chris Vanderhoof, DVM, MPH
Chris is a seasoned veterinarian with over 15 years of animal health experience in small animal, large/farm animal, equine, and public health fields.

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How to Tell a Dog's Age: 5 Vet Tips

Posted by Chris Vanderhoof, DVM, MPH on Aug 3, 2020 8:00:00 AM

During the last couple of decades, interest in adopting pets from shelters and through rescue groups has increased dramatically, and for good reason.

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Topics: Pet Care

Heat Stroke in Dogs: The Dangers Outside and In (the Car)

Posted by Chris Vanderhoof, DVM, MPH on Jul 21, 2020 7:52:14 AM

Although this current year of 2020 has led to restrictions in how we can enjoy it, this summer is no less a time that most folks enjoy getting outside. 

 

But along with those typical summer activities and enjoyments, there are also a lot of precautions too. 

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Topics: Pet Health

What Does Catnip Do to Cats?

Posted by Chris Vanderhoof, DVM, MPH on Jul 6, 2020 9:00:00 AM

Many kitty parents are familiar with the strange and unique behavior that happens when a cat encounters catnip.

 

The mewling, body contortions, manic darting from one place to another, and general craziness that ensues when kitties come in contact with this herb are hilarious to watch.

 

But how and why does it cause this effect in cats? 

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Topics: Cats, Pet Health

Strategies for Stress: How to Calm a Dog Down

Posted by Chris Vanderhoof, DVM, MPH on Jun 15, 2020 8:00:00 AM

 

Here’s some scenarios you might be familiar with when it comes to your pup.

If you leave home, sometimes even just for 5 or 10 minutes to take out the trash or do something in the backyard, you can hear her howling and whining. If you ever leave for longer, you might find her broken out of her crate and the entire house looks like a small cyclone ripped through it.

 

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Topics: Pet Care

Can You Give Your Dog Melatonin?

Posted by Chris Vanderhoof, DVM, MPH on Jun 1, 2020 8:00:00 AM

Melatonin is a popular supplement that many people take if they have trouble sleeping. It’s purported to promote a restful, relaxed state, and help you snooze through the night. 

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Topics: Pet Health

A Dog's Gums: The Comprehensive Guide

Posted by Chris Vanderhoof, DVM, MPH on Jun 1, 2020 12:00:00 AM

We may think a lot about our dogs’ teeth and how important they are to health and happiness. But what about those rosy pink gums that help keep those vital pearly whites in place?

A dog’s gums are not just there for show, they actually serve as a unique window into the health and condition of a dog at any given time and can be even more important as an indicator for disease than the teeth themselves.

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Topics: Pet Health

How to Deal with Your Dog's Ear Infection

Posted by Chris Vanderhoof, DVM, MPH on May 18, 2020 8:00:00 AM

A head shake here, a little hind foot scratch there. But at its peak, a dog ear infection is pretty awful, as many pup parents out there can testify to. Red, swollen, painful ears that smell terrible and have nasty white, yellow, or brown gunk.

 

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Topics: Pet Health

Common Dog Allergies and How They're Treated

Posted by Chris Vanderhoof, DVM, MPH on Apr 20, 2020 8:00:00 AM

 

It’s that time of year again, when the dead of winter has passed. As spring arrives, we’re seeing leaves on the trees and flowers blooming.



Unfortunately, we also tend to see many allergies bloom in dogs as well at this time of year. And some of these only worsen as spring moves into summer.

 

Allergies in dogs can be very frustrating, from nasal congestion and sneezing to watery, runny eyes, to chronic recurrent skin itchiness and irritation. Even acute allergic reactions to bites, stings, or medications are concerns for our pups.

 

In this article, we’re going to discuss some of the most common types of allergies dogs face and some ways we have of addressing them.

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Topics: Pet Health

The Health Benefits of Fish Oil for Dogs

Posted by Chris Vanderhoof, DVM, MPH on Apr 6, 2020 8:00:00 AM

Supplementing fish oil is very popular, both for people and pets. But what’s the basis for these recommendations? What exactly is fish oil, where does it come from, and what benefits are there to giving fish oil to your dog?

 

In this article, we’re going to cover everything you need to know about fish oil for dogs, including what it is, where it comes from, and what health benefits it can provide for your pup.

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Topics: Dogs, Pet Health

How to Brush Your Dog's Teeth in 5 Steps

Posted by Chris Vanderhoof, DVM, MPH on Mar 16, 2020 8:00:00 AM

Teeth. Those pearly whites.

We may not think about them as often as we need to. And we need them to be healthy more than we realize.

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Topics: Pet Care

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