Mesa Veterinary Hospital's Blog

by Joshua Bub, DVM

We will frequently post articles and topics on various pet health issues on this blog.  Please check back often as we're constantly updating this page!


Your Pet - Skinnier!

    “Wow, Alli’s gotten a little pudgy there Josh.” This was the first thing my sister said when she came to visit me a few years ago and saw my normally trim 54 pound dog Alli. I looked at Alli and then back at my sister in disbelief. “She doesn’t look any different to me,” I said. Sure enough, I weighed her that same day – 62 pounds. Obesity is one of the most common things we talk about to pet owners... Read More


Aspirin - A Veterinarian's Worst Nightmare, Sometimes...

      It’s the middle of the night and your dog Fluffy is acting uncomfortable. She won’t settle down, didn’t eat her dinner that night, and you feel like you just need to give her something to help her feel better until you can get her to the vet the next morning. You heard from one of your friends that dogs can take aspirin, so you decide to give her just a half of a normal adult aspirin to settle her down until the morning...  Read More


Spring is Here!

    The weather is getting warmer, the snow is melting, and the days are getting longer; there’s no doubt that spring is here! It’s a great time of year to get outside with your pet and enjoy all that Colorado has to offer. However, with the warmer weather comes a new set of risks for your pet; heartworm disease, leptospirosis, and rattlesnakes to name a few...  read more


Socializing Your New Pet

    Think about your fondest memories from when you were young – warm cookies fresh out of the oven that your mom made, Thanksgiving dinner with your family, opening presents on your birthday. These were all very positive experiences when you were young and impressionable, and many years later, that smell of cookies still brings about good feelings.  Our pets have the same types of feelings.  At this time of year we see a lot of puppies and kittens that have found new families over the holidays, and so I thought it would be appropriate to talk about how to properly socialize your new pet to give it a good outlook on life...  Read More  


Beware of Coyotes

     I received a frantic call from my wife while at work last month.   She was walking our dogs on the trail behind our neighborhood when they started getting agitated, sniffing the ground and pacing back and forth along the trail.  Our older dog, Alli, started pulling on the leash trying to head in the direction of a dog that was on an adjacent trail, about 20 yards away.  Problem was, it wasn’t a dog, it was a coyote...   Read More


Your Pet Can’t Tell You His Tummy Hurts

     My wife, a resident physician, is always telling me how caring for her pediatric patients must be very similar to my job as a veterinarian. Her patients are brought in by their parents, they are usually terrified to be at the doctor’s office, sometimes they get bribed with lollipops or candy when getting vaccines or procedures done, and occasionally she will get bitten by one of them. While similarities do exist, the one thing I always tell her is that our pets can’t tell us when their tummy hurts, at least not in the way children can... Read More


The Truth About Nutraceuticals

     Glucosamine, fish oil, milk thistle; there’s no denying that nutraceuticals and dietary supplements are a hot topic in medicine these days. Doctors and veterinarians will commonly recommend these supplements in combination with other medications to aid in combating disease. What most people don’t know is that nutraceuticals are not regulated like prescriptions are, and many times what you see on the label may not be anywhere close to what is in the bottle…Read More


Managing Arthritis in Your Pet

     Arthritis, or degenerative joint disease, is the number one cause of chronic pain in dogs and cats. This condition is the result of long term stress placed on a joint, and can arise secondary to a previous injury, or a poorly conformed joint.  If your pet is diagnosed with arthritis, our doctors can discuss many things you can do at home for your pet, in addition to a large number of treatments we can offer your pet.  Read More