Meadow Run Affordable Pet Care presents Dr. Dave Smith, veterinarian, father and friend!
It’s not often that young children know exactly who and what they want to be when they grow up, but that wasn’t the case for Dr Dave Smith! At a very young age, Dr Dave developed a passion for animals, beyond just wanting to have pets. In the 6th grade, he knew he wanted to be Dr Dave Vet! At an Eagle Scout dinner, he had the opportunity to meet a local veterinarian and soon thereafter began working in his office, in his hometown of Thomasville, Georgia.

During a time

Sometimes you just have to say no to those big puppy dog eyes begging for some of your dinner!
We’ve previously covered harmful foods for dogs, but sometimes people need a refresher! So we’ve compiled another list for your information and protection of your furry family members.
Apple Seeds
The casing of apple seeds are very toxic to a dog as they contain a natural chemical called amygdlin, that releases cyanide when digested. This is mostly an issue if large amounts were consumed and the seeds were chewed up by the dog, causing it to enter its bloodstream. Apples aren’t harmful foods for dogs,

As our dogs age, things that were once second nature can become a major effort.
You may notice that their leisure jog has become a stiff walk, or that they’re no longer able to effortlessly jump on and off of beds or furniture.

Arthritis is one of the most common ailments in middle-aged to older pets. It causes changes within the affected joints that can be pretty painful for your pup. Below are seven of the most common signs of joint pain in dogs:

 Your dog seems irritable.

Arthritic dogs may become irritable and might bite or snap when he’s approached

Three Basic Facts About Ear Mites
What Exactly Are Ear Mites?
The medical term for ear mites is Otodectes cynotis. They are teeny tiny parasites that live in the ears of dogs. They closely resemble ticks, except they’re barely visible to the naked eye. If they are, they’ll appear as small white dots, living their entire lives inside a dog’s ear. It takes approximately three weeks for mites to fully develop into adults. Once infected, the ear canal is made home to thousands of mites, causing inflammation and discomfort for your dog. Ear mite symptoms are typically noticeable. These pests are extremely

Urinary blockage in cats can be very dangerous and painful for your feline!

What is a urinary blockage?
A urinary blockage in cats is when the urethra becomes obstructed. It most commonly afflicts male cats. The urethra is the tube that drains urine from the bladder. With male cats, the urethra is very long and narrow, versus that of a female cat. Their urethras are wider, however it must be said that urinary blockage in cats can occur in females, as well.
What are the signs or symptoms?
Cats who are suffering from urinary tract issues will certainly exhibit several odd and distinct

Dogs are a lot like humans when it comes to some common physical ailments that they suffer!
We tend and care for them, just as we do ourselves. They accompany us on family outings to parks and beaches or simply they join us in our beds. Inevitably, they may catch a bug, literally and figuratively! You’ll notice when your dog is off. Have you seen her shaking her head more often?  Is she scratching her ear frequently? Are you smelling an unpleasant scent around or in her ears? If your pup is experiencing any of the aforementioned or additional below discomforts,

When Should I Spay or Neuter My Dog?
The Great Debate
If you’ve recently adopted or purchased a puppy, you might be starting to think about when or whether you should have your dog neutered or spayed. If you’re a new pet owner or have had them all of your life, surely you’ve encountered and pondered the question “at what age should I neuter my dog” a time or two. This is probably one of the most important questions dog owners should have, because the answer will greatly impact the dog’s quality of life and health. Before we delve into the answer,

Our pets are our family members and when they're hurting, we're hurting! 
We take care of them in the same manner that we do our kids, parents, nieces, etc. The difference, of course, is that we can normally tell what’s ailing us either through familiarity or personal knowledge or through communication. With our dogs, we need just a little more intuition and a lot more information to ascertain their ailment. Inevitably you’ll go online and search “dog has upset stomach” or maybe you’ll phone a few friends for advice. As a pet owner, you should make yourself aware of the signs,