Has your pet ever spent a night in our hotel? We would like to invite your pet to be our guest for a FREE overnight stay during the months of November, December and January. To learn more about our hotel visit our Pet Hotel website:

◾Veterinarians on location
◾Temperature controlled
◾Indoor/outdoor walks on a leash multiple times a day for dogs!
◾Private cat condos
◾Clean, comfortable bedding for all boarders
◾Long & short term stays

Call now to make your pet’s reservation: (410) 719-6920

Offer expires 1/31/13. Certain dates are excluded. See the attached coupon for more information. Reservations are available on a first come, first serve basis. Limit 1 FREE stay per pet. Can not be combined with other offers.

How to Recognize Wobblers in your Dog

  1. Look for the characteristic symptoms of wobbler’s syndrome (sometimes called Wobbler’s Disease) in your dog, such as moving stiffly and dragging the hind toes as he walks. The stiffness may seem worse in his hind legs, and he may walk clumsily as if partially paralyzed. He generally won’t show signs of pain, such as whining.
  2. Watch your dog’s movements when turning a corner. A dog with wobbler’s syndrome may seem fairly normal walking in a straight line but have difficulty making a sharp turn. She may appear drunk or uncoordinated or even fall down when turning quickly. At other times, she may walk with her hind legs spread for balance.
  3. Notice how your dog carries his head. Dogs with wobbler’s syndrome may carry their heads down or stiffly.
  4. If your dog is showing these symptoms and other causes have been eliminated, come in and we’ll test for wobbler’s syndrome.  The sad news is that there’s no simple cure for wobbler’s syndrome, but catching the condition early can give us options for treatment.

What is Wobblers?

Wobbler disease is a condition of the cervical vertebrae that causes an unsteady (wobbly) gait and weakness in dogs and horses. The term wobbler disease refers to a number of different conditions of the cervical (neck) spinal column that all cause similar symptoms. These conditions may include malformation of the vertebrae, intervertebral disc protrusion, and disease of the interspinal ligaments, ligamenta flava, and articular facets of the vertebrae. Wobbler disease is also known as cervical vertebral instability, cervical spondylomyelopathy (CSM), and cervical vertebral malformation (CVM). In dogs, the disease is most common in large breeds, especially Great Danes and Dobermanns. In horses, it is not linked to a particular breed, though it is most often seen in tall race-bred horses. It is most likely inherited in dogs, it may be hereditary to some extent in horses.

Wobblers is most common in the following dog breeds:



Pet Storm Tips

Power outages often happen during storms, but can happen at any time, during any season. Flashlights, batteries, food, a source of water and heat during the winter are basic necessities. Are your pets covered in your preparedness plan? Here are some power outage preparedness tips:

•Thankfully, dogs and cats do not need much electricity in their daily lives. Fresh water and food are most important, so basic emergency precautions should cover those needs. If your pet is arthritic and cold weather is a concern, have plenty of padded, thick blankets for your pet to curl up on.

•While not an emergency, often when the power is out, many appliances start beeping and flashing. This really bothers some animals so try to keep pets out of those rooms.

•Water Supply: Besides having stored drinking water, it is also important to maintain sanitation for both family members and pets. Have some baby wipes handy to keep hands clean and not waste available water.

•Food Supply: Keep readily available, easy-to-store snacks that do not require refrigeration or heating to eat.

•Light Your Way: Have matches, candles, flashlights, and batteries on hand, and know where they are. A dedicated location works well. It is a good idea to periodically check that batteries are working in stored flashlights.

•Be Candle and Fire Safe: Lit candles are useful for light, but having many lit candles can be dangerous. If pets and small children are around, there is even more danger of accidental fire or injury. Fire is also a risk with downed lines and sparking sub stations. Make sure to have plenty of fire extinguishers around the house, and know how to use them. Make sure that extinguishers are fully charged, and know where they are in the house and around your property.

We’ll Miss You Red!

On October 23 we lost a dear friend of ours at Pet Therapy. Red was a 14 year old Chesapeake Bay Retriever who had come to us a little over a year ago to help him with his arthritis. His dedicated and loving mom brought him here once a week to keep this old guy moving.  His favorite thing to do in the pool was swim and play ball! Many of us here grew close to Red and were heartbroken to say goodbye to him.

Great Facebook Post From a Former Client!

We were re-reading some of the older posts on our Facebook page and we saw this one which was posted over the summer and we decided to share it with you here too.  If you’ve never seen our Facebook page, take a look:

Dear Dr. Burke, my name is Kathrin Smith, formerly known as Kathrin Wagner from Germany. In 1990 you saved a kittens life. He was in a litter of 4. 3 had to be put to sleep but one little grey kitten survived , thanks to Lindas cat and a blood transfusion.Your care and knowledge and that you didn´t give up. The cats name was Grey ( Schweini) and in 1991 I took him as a very healthy cat back to Germany with me.He died when he was 13 years old and was a very happy cat.
You used to call him ” Kitty from hell”;). I wonder if you remember us.

Anyway I just want to thank you for saving my cats life.

My regards,


Pet Halloween Safety Tip: NO CANDY PERIOD (and not just chocolate)

Just don’t do it! It’s not just chocolate that you should be worried about. That bowl of candy is for trick-or-treaters, not for Scruffy and Fluffy. Chocolate in all forms—especially dark or baking chocolate—can be very dangerous for dogs and cats. Candies containing the artificial sweetener xylitol can also cause problems. Xylitol is a sugar substitute that is safe for humanes but it takes only a little of this toxin to send a dog into hypoglycemia-induced seizures and sometimes fatal liver failure. All dogs are susceptible, some more than others. Indeed, it has been calculated that as little as a gram of sweetener can kill a 10-pound dog.

Do you Know the Difference between a DVM and a VMD Degree in Veterinarians?

The Veterinariae Medicinae Doctoris (VMD) degree is only awarded to veterinarians by the University of Pennsylvania, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania USA. It is equivalent to the Doctor of Veterinary Medicine (DVM) degree awarded by all other US veterinary schools. The difference stems from the origin of the Penn School of Veterinary Medicine as the Veterinary Department of the Medical School. As the Medical School awarded the Medicinae Doctoris (MD) degree to graduate physicians, it was consistent to use a similar Latin format for the veterinary degree. With a similar origin, the Penn School of Dental Medicine awards the Dentariae Medicinae Doctoris (DMD) to dentists.


Baltimore Humane Society

The Baltimore Humane Society has teamed up with Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco to encourage Marylanders to adopt, volunteer, and donate to the organization.

Baltimore Humane says the campaign is to help the shelter standout from other animal welfare groups and answer common misconceptions such as the fact the organization is supported by money from local government or organizations like the Humane Society of the United States.

In a statement, the Baltimore Humane Society says it hopes the community understands they are a private shelter with no association to any other local shelter and they rely completely on private donations.

In fact, just a few months ago, Joe Flacco selected the Baltimore Humane Society to be his charity of choice through the “Take Joe on the Go” campaign, a fundraiser with Dunkin Donuts and donated $9,000 to help maintain the shelter.

Part of the campaign also includes billboards located on the Jones-Falls Expressway near Druid Park Lake Drive and others in Timonium, Owings Mills, and Reisterstown showing Flacco holding an adoptable puppy.

The organization is also trying to get the public involved by giving away autographed prizes including a football, jersey, and photographs. They are also giving away dog water dishes, dog t-shirts, and toys all signed by Flacco.

The Baltimore Humane Society is also asking people to share pictures of their pets all geared up in support of the Ravens. Some of the pictures they receive will be shared on the organization’s Facebook page.

For more information on the give-a-ways and to submit a picture, you can visit the Baltimore Humane’s website at