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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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

How to Stop a Puppy from Biting: 5 Important Tips

Posted by Chris Vanderhoof, DVM, MPH on Feb 17, 2020 7:20:43 AM

Chris Vanderhoof, DVM, MPH

Here’s a common scenario.

 

You’re playing with your new puppy and he jumps up in your lap, as excited as can be. You’re petting him, his tail is wagging, everything is idyllic.

 

Then, he chomps down. You pull your hand away and say “No”, but those fingers are just too fascinating. Now, you can’t keep him away. Whenever you try to pet him or do anything, he’s trying to pretend your hand is a chew toy.

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Topics: Pet Health

Why and When to Neuter a Dog

Posted by Chris Vanderhoof, DVM, MPH on Feb 11, 2020 9:21:00 AM

Chris Vanderhoof, DVM, MPH

 

Spaying and neutering are terms that have become pretty commonplace in our society. Spaying and neutering pets has been advocated by shelters and rescue groups for years.

 

But in practice, I find that many pet parents know much less about what spaying and neutering entails than I might have thought. There are actually a lot of factors to consider when it comes time to spay or neuter, not the least of which is at what age to do it.

 

In this article, we’re going to discuss what spaying and neutering actually are and why they’re different, why spaying and neutering are recommended, and finally, when it’s the best time to spay or neuter your dog.

 

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Topics: Pet Care

8 Ingredients in Joint Supplements for Dogs: How They Work and How They Help

Posted by Chris Vanderhoof, DVM, MPH on Jan 27, 2020 8:00:00 AM

Americans spend a great deal of money on supplements for their pets. Hundreds of millions of dollars every year in fact.

But why? What makes these products so necessary?

We can probably sum up this need with just a couple of simple statements.

  1. We love our pets
  2. We want to help them with something “safe” that can’t “hurt” them
  3. We need them to live forever (and we’ll use any preventative option to that end!)

There’s a little tongue in cheek humor here, but really, if you think about it, these statements are pretty true. Over the decades, our pets have become less like “pets” and more like family members. Wouldn’t you do just about anything to help keep your family member healthy for as long as possible?

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Topics: Pet Health

Hip Dysplasia in Dogs: What to See, What to Know and What to Do

Posted by Chris Vanderhoof, DVM, MPH on Jan 13, 2020 8:00:00 AM

Hip Dysplasia is a term many pup parents dread, especially those with large or giant breed dogs. But though the words create a lot of anxiety, not everyone knows what the term means and what to look for.

In this article, we’re going to briefly go over the mechanics of the hip joint, why hip dysplasia causes issues for our pups and how arthritis factors in for your dog. Arthritis symptoms that result from hip dysplasia can be insidious, so we’ll focus on how to keep an eye out for them and review how your veterinarian will go about arriving at a diagnosis. Lastly, we’ll chat about some of the treatment and prevention options out there.

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Topics: Pet Health

Why Spay or Neuter Your Dog or Cat? Here’s 5 Important Reasons

Posted by Chris Vanderhoof, DVM, MPH on Jul 22, 2019 8:00:00 AM

So you’ve got that new puppy or kitten and you’ve been agonizing over getting him or her “fixed” and when. Perhaps your breeder has told you one thing and your next door neighbor has told you another. It’s also possible you adopted a pet from a shelter or rescue (for which we’d like to say thank you!) and the decision to spay/neuter was already made for you but you’re interested in this topic all the same.

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Topics: Cats, Dogs, Pet Health

Dog Scooting 101: 5 Causes and How to Help Your Pup

Posted by Chris Vanderhoof, DVM, MPH on May 15, 2019 8:00:00 AM

It’s that scenario many of us are familiar with. It might be at home (typically when friends or family are visiting), maybe it’s on a walk through the neighborhood, or at the dog park. Your pup starts to drag her bottom on the ground. Everyone stops and stares. Some chuckle.

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Topics: Dogs, Pet Health

5 Highly Successful Health Tips for Basic Pet Care

Posted by Chris Vanderhoof, DVM, MPH on Apr 17, 2019 8:00:00 AM

We love our pets. And there’s nothing better than seeing our pups and kitties happy, healthy, and being themselves. But keeping them fed properly, frollicking, and free from illness isn’t always easy, and takes some know-how. In this article, we’re going to cover 5 big categories in preventative health that are important to be thinking about on a daily basis for your pet.

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Topics: Cats, Dogs, Pet Health

Is Dog Urine Killing Grass On Your Lawn? Why and How to Prevent It

Posted by Chris Vanderhoof, DVM, MPH on Mar 18, 2019 8:16:49 AM

There’s nothing that supports a homeowner’s pride more than a well-kept lawn. And there’s nothing that invites a neighbor’s or landlord’s ire more than the patchy, yellow, dead grass pattern of urine spots.There’s nothing that supports a homeowner’s pride more than a well-kept lawn. And there’s nothing that invites a neighbor’s or landlord’s ire more than the patchy, yellow, dead grass pattern of urine spots.

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Topics: Pet Care, Dogs, Pet Health

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