Dr Tim Hodge

November 3, 2017

Essential Oils – 101 (Pets & People)

Essential Oils 101 What Are Essential Oils? Lavender, lemon, black pepper, peppermint…If you’ve ever enjoyed these scents, then you have experienced the wonderful aromatic qualities of essential oils.  These naturally occurring, volatile aromatic compounds are found in the seeds, bark, stems, roots, flowers, and other parts of plants. Essential oils provide plants with protection against threats and play a role in plant pollination. In addition to their plant benefits and being beautifully fragrant to people, essential oils have long been used for food preparation, beauty treatment, and health-care practices. How Do I Use Essential Oils? Essential oils are used for […]
November 21, 2016

Why Do Dogs Have Whiskers

This little cutie’s whiskers are hidden under all that fur. But, they are there nonetheless.  Their purpose – sensory organs.  Dog’s whiskers have evolved to detect vibrations, air movement and touch.  These help dogs to be more aware of their surroundings and environment.  Whiskers can also serve as communication devices.  Dogs can move their whiskers forward and backward to signal to other dogs a state of fear, or a strength of confidence. While it is not painful and will not cause a dog distress, we recommend that you do not trim, pluck or remove dog’s whiskers as they serve as […]
June 16, 2016

Do Dogs Dream?

Of course dogs dream.  If you’ve ever noticed a sleeping dog have shallow, irregular breathing, followed by muscle twitching and eye movements behind closed eyelids, then your dog is dreaming.  The characteristics of sleeping and dreaming are very similar for both dogs and humans.  Dogs tend to get to dreaming much faster than people, typically within 20 minutes of dozing off.  What we don’t know , is what do dogs dream about?  Running, playing, eating, fun times or serious times?  Perhaps someday, we will bet let in on the secret of doggie dreams.