Ask the Edmonds Vet: Eye infections in dogs

By Dr. David Gross Q: My dog frequently has goop in the corners of his eyes and on his eyelids. Should I be concerned? A: Normally dogs’ eyes are clear, bright and have only a clear, watery discharge, but some breeds with normal eyes may accumulate a light gray material on the corners of their…

Ask the Edmonds Vet: Is people food bad for dogs and cats?

By Dr. David Gross Q: I was taught that “people food” is bad for dogs and cats, is this true? A: To answer this question, let’s go back to a time when dogs and cats were first domesticated and there was no billion-dollar-a-year pet food industry. Those early canines and felines must have been useful…

Next Golden Retriever meet-up set for April 21


The next Edmonds Golden Retriever Club meet-up is set for Saturday, April 21 at 1 p.m. at the Spehar home, located at 18104 76th Ave. W., Edmonds. This is a group for Golden Retrievers and their owners. To learn more about this group go to the meet-up page here or find them on Facebook under…

Ferry fares to increase May 1

Washington state ferry riders will see a fare increase on May 1, although the ferry system is increasing the discount for vehicles shorter than 14 feet. Washington State Ferrie is implementing an across-the-board, 3-percent fare increase to help cover operating costs and meet revenue targets. This increase applies to all fare types, including vehicle/driver, walk-on,…

Ask the Edmonds Vet: Is chocolate poisonous to animals?

By Dr. David Gross Is it true that animals can be poisoned by eating chocolate? Yes, well sort of, it depends, is that clear? Actually chocolate poisoning is not unusual in dogs, maybe because many dogs will eat almost anything. Cats are more discerning. I found one reported case of chocolate poisoning in a horse….

Ask the Edmonds Vet: Types of skin tumors in dogs

My dog has some lumps on her skin. Do dogs get skin cancer? Tumors of the skin are probably the most common tumors seen in dogs and can be of many different types. Those that originate in the epithelium, the outermost layer of the skin, include papillomas (warts), cornifying epitheliomas found within the layers of…

Edmonds CC invites public to celebrate Women’s History Month with events next week

Edmonds Community College celebrates Women’s History Month Feb. 19-25 on campus, 20000 68th Ave. W. in Lynnwood, with free lectures, panels and performances open to the public. All events, except an art gallery reception Friday, take place in the Black Box Theatre in Mukilteo Hall. For more information, call 425-640-1139 or go to www.edcc.edu/artsandculture. Women’s History Month…

Soon, it will be easier to ‘scoop the poop’ in Edmonds

Attention: Edmonds.dog walkers. The City of Edmonds soon will make it easy for you to clean up after your pooch by providing “doggie poop dispensers” in various areas of the city,  Councilmember Diane Buckshnis said in an email Friday. Thanks to City Stormwater Engineer Program Manager Jerry Shuster and Recycling Coordinator Steve Fisher, the city…

Ask the Edmonds Vet: What is Wobbler Disease?

By Dr. David Gross I overheard some people at the dog park talking about Wobbler Disease, what is that? This is a condition seen most commonly in tall, long-necked horses and large breeds of dogs, particularly Great Danes and Dobermans. The disease is characterized by an abnormal gait in the front and/or the hind legs….

Golden Retriever owners unite: Edmonds meet-up set for Sunday

Edmonds resident Laura Spehar is hosting a monthly meet-up for Edmonds area Golden Retrievers and their owners. The idea is to give Golden owners an opportunity to discuss the many facets of owning a Golden while their pups play together and become fast friends, Spehar said. The first meet-up will be Sunday, Jan. 15 at…

Ask the Edmonds Vet: The dangers of raisins and grapes to dogs

By Dr. David Gross Sharon asks: “Why are raisins bad for dogs?” I am so pleased you asked this question. You gave me the opportunity to brag about the department I was honored to lead from 1995 to 2006. Faculty in the department Veterinary Biosciences at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign formed the original Animal…

Holiday Greyhound Adopt-a-Thon Saturday

All The Best Pet Care-Edmonds is hosting a Holiday Greyhound Adopt-A-Thon at 9803 Edmonds Way, (next to PCC), this Saturday, Dec. 17 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Royal Hounds Greyhound Rescue will be in the store with former racing dogs looking for a new home. If you have been thinking about adding a dog…

Saturday: Smiley Dog to host annual Woofstock event

Smiley Dog, an Edmonds-based pet food home delivery service, is hosting its annual Woofstock event for pet owners on Saturday, featuring Santa photos and a Silent Auction fundraiser for PAWS. The event will also feature a pet food bank, local pet vendors, free nail trims, pet massages and healthy pet foods. Woofstock 2011 will run…

Edmonds pug makes it clear she’s no iPhone fan

A pug from Edmonds is making quite a name for herself — all because she hates iPhones, or at least the commercials for them. A video featuring Coco, a 4 1/2-year-old black pug, has become a YouTube sensation with more than half a million followers, because her owner has captured her barking and growling at…

Ask the Edmonds Vet: What’s cardiomyopathy?

By Dr. David Gross My mother’s Maine Coon cat has cardiomyopathy. What is that? “Cardio” obviously pertains to the heart, “myo” pertains to muscle and “pathy” signifies pathology or abnormality. Therefore, cardiomyopathy is pathology or abnormality of the heart muscle. We describe two kinds of cardiomyopathy; hypertrophic and dilated. Both types occur because of genetic…

Ask the Edmonds Vet: If you own a horse, this information’s for you

By Dr. David Gross My horse grabs his stall door with his front teeth, arches his neck then pulls back and seems to suck in air. Why is he doing this and is it a problem? This behavior is known as “cribbing”. There is evidence that cribbing releases chemicals in the brain known as endorphins….

Boo-tiful day to be a dog at Firdale Village Furry Festival

Dozens of dogs and their owners — many in Halloween costumes — enjoyed an afternoon at Firdale Village Sunday for the annual Firdale Furry Festival. Dog-friendly merchants were on hand to display their services, including Lynnwood-based Four Paw Sports Center, which set up an agility course in the parking lot. Another business owner, Julie Nealey,…

Lost dog: Have you seen Bella?

David and Tina Vincent’s dog Bella got out of her yard and is somewhere in Edmonds. According to David, Bella looks “just like Benji (see attached photo). She was last seen in Pine Ridge Park, 20600 82nd Ave. W. If you find Bella, please email teresa@myedmondsnews.com.    

Ask the Edmonds Vet: When a gassy stomach can be fatal in dogs

By Dr. David Gross We just rescued a Great Dane from our local shelter and they told us large breeds of dogs get something called gastric dilatation and die. What is it and what causes it? This condition can afflict any breed of dog but it seems to be most prevalent in Great Danes, St….