Dr. Stacie Grannum DVM (Veterinarian)

Dr. Stacie Grannum was born and raised in Arizona. When she was five, an encounter with a little animal changed her life forever. A tiny bird fell high from its nest, and Dr. Grannum diligently cared for it. Sadly, despite her best attempts to save it, the baby bird did not survive. From this devastating loss came a new ambition, carving the path that Dr. Grannum followed. She knew that she wanted to pursue a career in veterinary medicine. She worked hard toward that goal and dedicated her time to pursuing the field.  Today, her focus is on pet health, particularly wellness and preventive medicine. She also enjoys writing about pet health and is eager to share her knowledge with other pet lovers. In 2014, Dr. Grannum earned her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine Degree from Colorado State University.

Histoplasmosis in Dogs: Signs, Causes, and Treatment Options (Vet Answer)

Dogs can inhale or ingest fungal spores from the environment and acquire a fungal infection in their lungs, intestinal tract, or systemically in several organs and tissues. One such fungal infection is histoplasmosis. Diagnosis of this disease involves cytology and/or histopathology evaluation, and treatment may involve a prolonged and expensive course of antifungal therapy. What […]

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How to Treat a Burned Dog Paw Pad: 7 Expert Tips (Vet Answer)

Dogs can burn their paw pads if they stand or walk on hot surfaces, such as asphalt or pavement during a hot summer day. Fires, rough terrain, snow and ice, extensive exercise, and certain chemicals that your dog may accidentally walk through can also cause burns. Most pet parents are familiar with the dangers of

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Westie Lung Disease: Causes, Signs & Care (Vet Answer)

West Highland White Terriers, also known as Westies, can suffer from a chronic and progressive lung condition known as canine idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (CIPF). The disease causes thickening and scarring of lung tissue, which impedes the exchange of oxygen into the bloodstream. Affected dogs may cough, have difficulty breathing, and show intolerance for exercise. The

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My Dog Ate a Battery: What to Do, Signs & Treatment (Vet-Answer)

Batteries can be extremely damaging to dogs, causing irritation and ulceration to the digestive system if they are swallowed. They may also present as a choking or intestinal blockage hazard. If your dog has eaten or chewed a battery, seek immediate veterinary attention. What Are the Battery Types? Lithium disk or button batteries have no

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Adventure Medical Kits – Vet in a Box Dog Product Review 2024: An Expert Breakdown

What Is Vet in a Box Medical Kit? How Does It Work? Your dog loves going everywhere with you: hiking, camping, traveling, or simply walking in the park. But are you prepared if something were to happen? How would you care for a bleeding wound or address a broken toenail in the middle of a

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Can You Be Allergic to Dogs & Not Cats? Our Vet Answers

Animal hair is all the same, right? Nope! So, yes, you can be allergic to dogs and not cats. Your immune system is a coordinated network of organs, tissues, cells, and proteins that protect you from germs and disease. Antibodies are proteins produced by your immune system in response to unwanted invaders. Unfortunately, your body

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Leashboss Double Handle Reflective Dog Leash Review 2024: An Expert Breakdown

What Is the Leashboss Double Handle Reflective Dog Leash? How Does It Work? Wrapping the leash around your hand to pull your dog closer to you is not always practical or safe. If your dog is a strong puller, the leash may slip right through your hand, resulting in injury, such as a painful leash

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Are You Supposed to Brush Your Dog’s Teeth? Our Vet Answers

Dental health is just as important for dogs as it is for us. Without regular dental care, dogs can be prone to yellow or brown discolored teeth, bad breath (halitosis), redness and swelling of the gums (gingivitis), eroded gums, and loose and missing teeth. When dental disease is left untreated, it can cause substantial pain

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Demodectic Mange in Dogs: Signs, Causes & Treatment (Vet Answer)

Demodex are mites normally found in low numbers in the hair follicles of dogs. They live their entire lives on the host and are usually harmless. But when the host’s immune system malfunctions, enabling the Demodex mite to populate out of control, it leads to various issues. Some dogs may have mild hair loss, while

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Do Dogs Need Vegetables to Be Healthy? Our Vet Explains

We know that vegetables are a healthy part of the human diet, but can the same be said for a dog’s diet? Yes, in moderation, vegetables can be great additions to a dog’s meals, as they are low-calorie foods that contain many important antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and fiber. But do dogs actually need vegetables? Not

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Is Chicken Liver Good for a Dog With Pancreatitis? Our Vet Explains

Dogs with pancreatitis require low to moderate fat levels and moderate protein levels in their diet.1 These dietary changes help minimize the stimulation of the pancreas to prevent further organ damage and inflammation. So, is chicken liver good for dogs suffering from pancreatitis? While it can be given in moderation to healthy dogs, chicken liver

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Mange in Dogs: Signs, Causes & Treatments (Vet Answer)

Microscopic parasites called mites can burrow into an animal’s skin or hair follicles, leading to a condition known as mange. It can affect various mammals, including domestic dogs and wild canids, such as foxes, coyotes, and wolves. The signs of mange may include itchiness, hair loss and thinning, skin redness, and infections. Two different types

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Skin Tags on Dogs (Plus Lipomas & Other Lumps): Our Vet Explains

Dogs can be prone to developing skin tags just like people. These benign growths may occur in areas where the skin rubs together (skin folds) or in areas of chronic irritation. Skin tags can be monitored and do not need to be surgically removed unless they are causing discomfort to your dog. Keeping a home

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