Dr. Rachel Ellison DVM (Veterinarian)

Dr. Rachel Ellison lives on a mountain in Utah with her husband, daughter, and son, as well as their animal menagerie— a Bernese Mountain Dog, a Bengal/Siamese mix, and an orange tabby cat, as well as numerous chickens. During her free time, she enjoys being with those she loves, cooking and baking, reading, hiking, sharing her knowledge about cats, and exploring nature and the world around her.

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Torn ACL In Dogs: Vet Explained Signs, Causes & Treatment Options

Many of you may already be familiar with the common human injury widely known as an “ACL” (anterior cruciate ligament) tear. However, far fewer people are familiar with the canine equivalent of this injury, which is called a cranial cruciate ligament (CrCL) injury. In this article, we’ll learn what this musculoskeletal injury entails in our […]

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Rhinitis & Sinusitis in Dogs: Signs, Causes & Care Guide (Vet Answer)

Rhinitis and sinusitis are medical conditions that mean inflammation of the nose (rhinitis) and inflammation of the sinuses (sinusitis). Rhinosinusitis, then, is if both rhinitis and sinusitis occur together at the same time. In dogs, there are various causes of these medical conditions, and in this article, we’ll discuss these as well as potential signs

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My Dog Ate a Stink Bug: Should I Be Worried? (Vet Answer)

Unfortunately, dogs love to eat all sorts of things; stinky socks, rotting food, scurrying bugs, dead animals, fecal material—you name it, and a dog somewhere has probably tried to eat it! But what about, more specifically, stink bugs? Could this common bug pose a serious or fatal problem to your dog? The short answer is

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7 Belgian Malinois Health Issues to Watch For (Vet Answer)

Belgian Malinois are hardworking herding dogs that are known for being very energetic and intelligent. They originate from the Belgian city of Malines and are perhaps best known for their popularity in military and police work. Like many other dog breeds, this one exhibits its own unique set of genetically-caused health issues or risks of

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10 Common Types of Dog Tumors: Our Vet Explains the Signs, Diagnosis & Treatment

Lumps and bumps on (or in) a dog can be a major concern to their pet-owning parent. With about 25% of dogs developing neoplasia in their lifetime, and about 50% of dogs over 10 years old having cancer, the odds of you seeing a tumor on your dog at some point are high.1 What are

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What Is the Life Expectancy of a Dog With Epilepsy? (Vet Answer)

If your dog has been diagnosed with epilepsy, there are likely a variety of troubling and concerning questions on your mind. The first one is most likely to be, “What is epilepsy?” and another, even more pressing one may be, “Will my dog have a shorter life span because of it?” While there are many

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Are Tapeworms in Dogs Contagious? Our Vet Explains Signs, Treatment & Prevention

If you’ve found out that your dog has tapeworms, you may not only be a little disgusted but also may wonder if they can spread to you! Are tapeworms in dogs contagious? Well, on this front, there is both good and bad news. The good news is that no, you cannot directly get tapeworms from

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I Forgot to Give My Dog Their Heartworm Pill, What Should I Do? Our Vet Answers

Heartworm disease has been found in dogs in all 50 of the United States as well as in many other countries throughout the world. Thankfully, this disease is preventable with routine medications, but sometimes, even the most conscientious and responsible dog owner may forget their dog’s heartworm preventative at one point. If this happens to

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