Pet Matters by our very own Dr. Earl-

Ying & Yang –

Therapies to help your pet.                                          

While Western medicine is still the main stay of health care in the U.S., physicians and veterinarians recognize that Eastern medicine can also play an important role in improving healing and enhancing quality of life for many patients.

Acupuncture is most often used to promote healing and relieve pain associated with problems like arthritis and spinal disease but has many other applications as well.

Chinese Herbal Medicine has been used for thousands of years and is a safe option for your animal friends when prescribed by someone with advanced training in this field. It can be used for a wide variety of problems from ear infections to cancer. Extensive knowledge of what is safe & effective – and what isn’t – is the key.

Dr. Sonya Swinamer is a Certified Veterinary Acupuncturist and has completed a certification in Chinese Herbal Medicine.  These therapies can work well in conjunction with traditional medical care or if traditional therapy is not effective. Call CAH to schedule a consultation with Dr. Swinamer.

Dr. Earl Mummert, DVM

801 Poquonnock Rd.

Groton, Ct. 06340


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Pet Matters-Sudden Illness

Sudden Illness Deserves Prompt Attention

Don’t you just hate it when you get sick but your doctor can’t see you that day – or maybe for several days! Then you feel like you’re starting all over again with someone you don’t really know. Can’t they leave some room in their busy schedules for situations like that? They do occur almost every day.

At CAH we put emergency appointment openings into our schedule every day. Your painful, vomiting or lethargic pet shouldn’t have to wait for care. And you shouldn’t have to drive 40 minutes to an emergency hospital during the day.

We will usually manage to fit your sick pet into an appointment time. If that’s not possible you can drop your pet off or walk in and wait until a doctor can examine and assess your pet.

Sure we’re busy, but a sick or injured pet still deserves prompt and thorough attention.

Dr. Earl Mummert, DVM

801 Poquonnock Rd.

Groton, Ct. 06340


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Pet Matters-Happy Trails and Tails

Happy Trails & Tails

It’s time to hit the trails with your pooch again. Hiking is great for young and old dogs and owners alike. Just be safe and be considerate of others enjoying the great outdoors.
Be sure that dogs are welcome on the trail and know if they must be leashed or can run free. For your dog to run free you should have 100% voice control. Be sure your dog wears an ID tag.
Try to anticipate situations by being aware of what’s ahead and behind you. Not all people and animals will love your dog. When passing other hikers, dogs or horses keep your dog close.
On long hikes take water for everyone. Drinking from streams puts your dog at risk for giardia, leptospirosis and toxins.
Some trails serve as habitats for wildlife. Please observe posted signs to avoid disturbing Mother Nature’s other residents.
Monitor your dog’s progress. Young or old pets may follow you to the end of the earth – even if they are exhausted or in pain. Turn back at any sign of discomfort.
Use tick preventives religiously. In CT we live with an abundance of ticks and the diseases they carry.
Most of all HAVE FUN !!


Dr. Earl Mummert

Companion Animal Hospital

801 Poquonnock Rd.

Groton, Ct. 06340


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Pet Matters-Ear Infections

Ear Infections

Our pets’ ear canals are much deeper and curvier than ours and often have furry flaps covering the openings. This creates a perfect incubator for infection – warm, dark, moist and little air circulation. That’s why ear infections are common, difficult for you to see and hard to get under control.

The video otoscopes we use at CAH allow us to see deep in the ear canal and permits you to see the need for treatment at the same time. We examine the infected material in the ear microscopically so you can begin treatment with the correct medication right from the start.

Proper flushing of the ear canals to remove infection is just as important as medication. Visit  to see a short video demonstrating proper ear flushing. It is important!

Ear infections might develop over a long time, so don’t expect to get a cure in two weeks. Think in terms of flushing and medicating for several weeks in most cases. Severe or chronic infections may require lifelong attention to prevent repeated flare-ups.

A recheck appointment after 2 to 3 weeks of treatment is important to look deep in the canals again, be sure our treatment protocol is working and determine how best to proceed.

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Pet Matters- What is the largest organ of the body?

What is the largest organ of the body?

You might be surprised to know that it’s the skin. Skin diseases are some of the most common problems we see every day.

Parasites of the skin – fleas, ticks, mosquitoes, mites and lice cause irritation that can be very serious. Infections of the skin can be very deeply seated in the base layers of the skin and take weeks of antibiotic therapy to resolve. Poor immunity can play a role in chronic, recurrent infections. Allergies in our pets are extremely common and appear most commonly as inflammation of the skin which causes persistent itchiness. Autoimmune diseases occur when the body mistakenly begins to attack itself. Cancer of the skin is just as common in pets as it is in people.

Luckily, we can often see the signs of these diseases on the skin and treat them quickly.

But  think about  this – parasites, infections, allergies, autoimmune diseases and cancer occur just as commonly in vital internal organs – even though they aren’t visible. That’s why regular exams and testing are so important for your pets. Early detection and treatment are the best defense and offense against virtually all problems!

Dr. Earl Mummert, DVM

801 Poquonnock Rd.

Groton, Ct. 06340


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Pet Matters-Anesthesia Protocols

Anesthesia Protocols:

The Key to a Great Surgical Experience.

Of course expert cutting and stitching are important for a good surgical result, but excellent anesthetic protocols and monitoring are just as important for a safe, comfortable surgery. At CAH our goals are to minimize pre-surgical stress, have an easy transition from being awake to being anesthetized, maintain all vital body functions and enjoy a quiet, slow recovery. Proper combinations of the best sedatives, analgesics and anesthetics are well-tolerated by the brain, heart, lungs, kidneys and liver and help us achieve those goals.

Maintaining body heat (temperature), adequate blood flow through all organs (blood pressure), normal heart rhythm (ECG), and blood oxygen levels (pulse oximeter) are all essential and are monitored closely. During surgery a hot air warming blanket prevents rapid loss of body heat in our small patients. An IV catheter in every patient provides quick venous access for injections and fluids.

We know that pain slows recovery time and leads to complications. Pain control should be provided for most patients using local anesthetics around the incision, anti-inflammatory drugs, narcotic injections, skin patches or IV infusions depending on the surgery.

Today, even sick and older pets can experience safe and comfortable anesthesia, surgery and recovery.

Dr. Earl Mummert, DVM

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Pet Matters-Canine Aggression Problems

Canine Aggression Problems–

Be Cautious, Get Help Early.

There are a dozen types of aggression in dogs. Owner-directed, fear-induced, territorial, predatory, inter-dog and redirected are the top six. Sounds simple but often the causes are subtle and multiple types exist in the same dog.

Aggression displays itself differently depending on the stimulus and the balance between dominance, fear and anxiety in the dog. A fearful, submissive dog may roll over on its back or cower when threatened. A fearful, dominant dog may attack the perceived threat aggressively.

Successful treatment depends on an accurate diagnosis followed by significant changes in the way the dog and owners interact. Behavior modification by the owners is essential to change a dogs’ aggressive behavior. Medications are often used as well.

Identifying the causes of aggression and developing a treatment strategy takes time and commitment. If possible, all family members should attend the initial behavior consultation which usually lasts about an hour. In cases of serious aggression – serious precautions must be taken to prevent injury to another animal or person.

As always, early intervention achieves the best results. Call for a behavior consult at the first signs of aggression in your dog.

Dr. Earl Mummery, DVM

801 Poquonnock Rd. Groton, CT. 06340



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