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Dr. Ernie Ward, DVM

Dr. Ernie Ward is proud to call himself a 1992 graduate of the University of Georgia College of Veterinary Medicine (“Go Dawgs!”). He started his award-winning clinic, Seaside Animal Care, in 1993. His deepest passions involve the prevention of illness and preservation of optimal health. He has been instrumental in developing Senior Pet Health Guidelines and is a founder of the International Veterinary Senior Care Society (IVSCS), founder of the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention (APOP), developed the most widely used Long-term Medication Monitoring protocols, and was a leading voice in the fight against over-vaccinating and promoting extended-duration vaccination practices for dogs and cats. If it involves preventing disease in animals, chances are Dr. Ernie was involved with it.

He is author of Chow Hounds: Why Our Dogs Are Getting Fatter - A Vet’s Plan to Save Their Lives. Dr. Ernie Ward has authored over 65 veterinary journal articles, texts, and four veterinary training videos. His works have been published in the US, Canada, Japan, England, Spain, France, China, Taiwan, Hungary and Portugal. He is a popular lecturer, was voted "Speaker of the Year" for the North American Veterinary Conference and Western Veterinary Conference, and has been the featured veterinarian for the “Rachael Ray Show” since 2007. Dr. Ward has been a spokesman for the profession on Animal Planet, CNN, “NBC Nightly News,” “Today,” "Good Morning America," and “Nightline” as well as all of the nation’s major newspapers and pet and health magazines.

Dr. Ward lives in coastal North Carolina with his lifelong love, Laura, their two daughters, two dogs, and two cats. When he’s not practicing veterinary medicine, Dr. Ward is an endurance junkie, avid Ironman triathlete, and wanna-be world-class surfer. His family (and dogs) enjoys paddle boarding, swimming, scuba diving, and refining their vegetarian recipes. Yes, even his dogs relish his cooking.

Dr. Ward and his veterinary practice have received numerous awards and recognitions over the past twenty years. For more information, visit or find him on Facebook.

Posts by Dr. Ernie Ward, DVM

cat pooping in litter box Cat Diseases & Conditions A-ZShould I Worry if My Cat's Poop Has Blood or Mucus?

Learn if blood or mucus in your cat's poop is anything to worry about. What could blood and mucus in cat poop be warning you of?

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Spinning is one dog poop personality A Vet's LifeWhat's My Dog's Poop Personality?

Does your dog poop with a distinct dog poop personality? Find out how Dr. Ward might categorize it.

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Dog BehaviorWhy Does My Dog Chew Everything?

If your dog is chewing everything in sight, there are solutions. Learn what you can do.

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Dog at the Vet's A Vet's LifeMoonshine Spurs an Unforgettable Holiday Vet Visit

Dr. Ward found himself in a completely unexpected situation one holiday season, after a dog got into a homemade distillery.

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Cat on bed Cat Diseases & Conditions A-ZBlood in Cat Urine: What Does it Mean?

Most pet parents are understandably concerned about blood in cat urine. Learn what could be causing it, and how you can find out for sure.

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Kitten sleeping on a pillow Cat Diseases & Conditions A-Z5 Reasons to Test Your Cat for Diabetes

Dr. Ernie Ward would like to share his top five reasons you need to test your cat early and often for type 2 diabetes to help prevent this condition.

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Dog licking owner A Vet's LifeNew Study Shows You Are Your Dog’s Favorite Smell

Did you know that your dogs favorite smell is you? Learn how science proves it!

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Woman fainted while dog looks on A Vet's LifeYou’ll Probably Be Disappointed by Your Dog’s Reaction to Your “Fake Fainting”

You'll be surprised by these dog reactions when pet parents pretend to faint, but you probably won't be impressed.

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Dog panting Dog Checkups & Preventive CareWhat Does Your Dog’s Urine Color Mean?

There is great big spectrum of colors for your dog's urine. Learn why, and what these colors mean.

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Writer Sends Away 4 Dogs in 4 Years: A Veterinarian’s Perspective A Vet's LifeWriter Sends Away 4 Dogs in 4 Years: A Veterinarian’s Perspective

Journalist says she gives her dogs up as soon as they grow out of the cute puppy phase. See what Dr. Ward has to say.

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