Articles by Dr. Katy Nelson

Dr. Katy Nelson - Pet Health EditorDr. Katy Nelson is the mother of five - two human and three animal - kids, an avid nutrition and fitness enthusiast, and an admittedly rabid Louisiana sports fan. She is an associate veterinarian at the Belle Haven Animal Medical Centre in Alexandria, VA., as well as the host and executive producer of “The Pet Show with Dr. Katy” on Washington DC’s News Channel 8. A Certified Veterinary Journalist (CVJ) accredited by the American Society of Veterinary Journalists (ASVJ), Dr. Katy is the Animal Health Reporter for ABC7 News, and serves as "Dr. Pawz" on WTOP Radio. Dr. Katy is also a founding partner of, a national health and fitness initiative aimed at getting people healthy alongside their dogs, and serves as a media and marketing consultant for numerous pet-related companies and media outlets.A lover of all animals, Dr. Katy carves out time for many charitable organizations in the DC area and beyond. In early 2012, Dr. Katy teamed with Emmy-Award winning producer Judy Plavnick to form Sit. Good Girl Productions, LLC, their first production is the documentary Tell Them I Am Kind, the story of the creation of the Catherine Violet Hubbard Animal Sanctuary.

Q&A With Dr. Katy: Why Is My Dog Licking His Paws So Much?

What you may think is just a bad habit could actually signal an underlying illness, so it's important to not allow skin infections and rashes go overlooked or untreated.

Owning a Dog is Linked to Lower Risk of Death

New research has found that owning a dog may reduce your risk of early death and cardiovascular disease — particularly if you live alone.

Drug Claims to Add Years to Your Dog’s Life

Rapamycin, a drug that has been shown to increase the lifespan of mice by up to 60% longer, is now being researched as an anti-aging drug for dogs and humans alike.

8 Signs of Arthritis in Dogs and Cats

Strikingly common in domestic dogs and cats, this painful joint disease can even emerge at a young age so as a loving pet owner, it’s important to know the signs.

8 Questions Every Pet Parent Should Ask the Vet

Your cat or dog might not agree, but a visit to the vet is a worthwhile opportunity to have a face-to-face meeting with the person best suited to offer tailored information and advice about your furry friend’s care. From what type of treats to serve, to the reason for that strange twitch your cat has been doing, your vet holds an abundance of answers. 

Most Pet Parents Overlook This Critical Component of Their Furry Friend’s Health

The American Veterinary Medical Association, or AVMA, has deemed February as “National Pet Dental Health Month.”  Why, might you ask, is an entire month devoted to the health of our pets’ dental hygiene?

10 Signs Your Pet May Have a Blood Sugar Imbalance

Believe it or not, humans are not the only ones at risk of developing diabetes. Your pets are also vulnerable to the development of this disease, and veterinarians are finding that as weight management continues to be a problem for many dogs and cats, canine and feline diabetes is a growing concern.

10 Things Every Pet Parent Should Have in the House

It happens far more than you’d think: Pets find themselves in sticky situations that could be dangerous and cause them harm. (Sometimes literally – one of my Yorkie patients found herself in a sticky mouse trap once!)

What Every Pet Owner Needs to Know About Some Collars

While the leash is only put on as-needed, for many dogs, the collar is a round-the-clock accessory. So making sure it's safe critical, something many pet owners fail to research.

10 Things to Know When Shopping for Pet Food

As a good pet parent, you already know your pet needs to be eating a nutritionally complete and balanced food. But with so many diets out there, how do you choose the perfect one for your pet?