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Cats: Stomatitis: Feline Gingivitis

What is Stomatitis? Feline stomatitis, or gingivitis, is a very common problem in adult cats. It is a serious inflammation of the tissues of the mouth, resulting in the formation of extremely painful ulcers on the gums, tongue, and lips. Often, the cat’s gums and gingival tissues are red, swollen, and bleeding. Bad breath is […]

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Cats: Understanding Liver Disease in Cats

The liver, the largest organ in a cats body, is located just behind her diaphragm. It performs a huge number of tasks in the body. Some of these important jobs are: Helping to clean the blood by removing toxins. Producing bile, a substance that is stored in the gall bladder once it’s made by the […]

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Pet Parent Help: Pet Dental Care

It’s 3 a.m. Pet Parent–do you know where your best friend is? Speculation doesn’t last very long. You roll over to be greeted by a smell that’s beyond description—bad breath emanating from Tuna’s or Bandit’s mouth. You know that your fur-suited kid needs a vet. Perhaps you’ve known this for an embarrassingly long time, yet […]

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Pet Parent Help: Itchy Ouchy Ointment for Winter Paw Care

Winter weather can be very tough on your dogs paws if you live in the north. With the onset of ice and snow comes salt to melt the ice. This salt can cause havoc with your dog’s paws. Prolonged contact with road salt and other chemical deicers can cause severe chemical burns to your dog’s […]

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Dogs: Pancreatitis in Dogs

The pancreas is a gland that, in dogs, sits tucked up underneath the stomach. As a gland, its job is to secrete substances that aid in bodily functions. Most people know that the pancreas secretes insulin and helps regulate blood sugar. Too little insulin = diabetes. But the pancreas also secretes digestive enzymes that help […]

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Cats: Feline Heart Disease

Your veterinarian has just diagnosed your cat with a heart problem. If this is the case for you, it is very likely that, upon physical examination, your cat had a heart murmur, a very fast heart rate, or an abnormal heart rhythm. Heart disease is common in cats but can be difficult to diagnose. One […]

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Dogs: Understanding Kidney Disease in Dogs

Kidney disease, also known as renal (or kidney) dysfunction, insufficiency, or failure, is a fairly common condition in dogs. The kidneys are hard-working organs that contribute to the normal function of many bodily processes, a few of which are: Removing waste from the body in the form of urine. Regulating the amount of water in […]

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Cats: Kidney Disease in Cats

Kidney disease (also called renal disease) is a commonly-diagnosed condition in cats. The kidneys engage in a huge number of tasks in the body, including maintaining the proper chemical balance in the blood, conserving water, triggering the production of red blood cells, regulating blood pressure, removing numerous waste products, and producing various necessary hormones. These […]

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Dogs: Thunderstorm Anxiety in Dogs

Medical Information Causes The loud noise Electricity in the air Air pressure changes Family fear Genetics Past experience Symptoms Crying and whining. Panting Pacing Dilated pupils Rapid heart rate Drooling Becoming very clingy Hiding in a closet or bathtub Digging at door frames in an attempt to escape Jumping through windows to get away Treatments […]

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Pet Parent Help: What is Allergic Dermatitis in Cats and Dogs?

Medical Information Causes External parasites Fleas Food Bacterial, yeast, or fungal infections Symptoms Pruritic (itchy) skin, feet, or ears Scabs and bumps on the skin Foul odor Changes in skin color and texture Hair loss Frequent head-shaking Fur-staining Treatments Exterminating fleas and ticks Immunotherapy Cool baths Antihistamines or prednisone Alternative Therapies Acupuncture Homeopathy Herbal Remedies […]

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