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Dogs, Fun: Yukon Quest Sled Dog Race

The Yukon Quest Sled Dog Race started last Saturday. Last year some of my fellow veterinarians and I were up in the Yukon doing some research with these dogs to see how running this long distance of 1000 miles from Whitehorse to Fairbanks affected the dogs. We were fortunate for our research project that Brent […]

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Cats: Top 5 Aging Problems in Cats

As cats age they experience changes in their health.  As the guardian of an older cat, it is important to understand the most common illness and conditions that affect geriatric felines. Here is my list of the top 5 common senior cat problems and what you can do for these conditions. Dental disease Older cats […]

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Cats, Dogs, General: Annual Exams for Cats and Dogs

We all know that our pets age faster than we do. Many times people ask me how old their pet is in “people” years.  The old rule of thumb 1 dog year equals 7 human years and 1 cat year equals 5 human years is not always correct but it does give you a pretty […]

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Dogs, General: Common Causes of Coughing in Dogs

If your dog is coughing, it can be very concerning and annoying.  Coughing is a symptom rather than a disease unto itself.  Some of the most common causes of coughing are: Allergic disease Collapsing trachea Heart Disease Bronchitis–Kennel cough or another infectious disease Asthma Lung tumors Allergic disease can cause coughing and be accompanied by itching […]

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Cats: Perfect Diet for Cats with IBD

Most cats with inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) need their food cooked as they are lacking digestive power.  Raw feeding does work for some of them though.  I would first try cooked and then go from there. 3 lbs of ground chicken or mackerel 4 oz Chicken Livers 1 cup cooked brown rice 1-1/2 cup of cooked […]

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Cats, Dogs: Kidney Anorexia

Keeping Your Kidney Disease Patients Eating I am frequently asked about diet recommendations for cats and dogs with kidney disease in hopes of preventing Kidney Anorexia. Usually, this is because these pets are not eating their regular diet. It is very important to keep these animals eating Here are the top reasons why dogs and […]

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: Antifreeze Toxicity

Antifreeze is the most common poisoning found in pets. Most pets get exposed to antifreeze from leaking car radiators. This substance is lethal and it only takes a small amount to poison your pet. The substance is sweet and less than 3 ounces is enough to poison a medium size dog.  For a cat that […]

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Cats, Dogs: Deicing Dangers

The winter season is here with the cold, snow and ice. When snow is on the ground, municipalities apply commercially prepared snow and ice melting products. Home and business owners also apply similar chemicals to sidewalks, porches and driveways. Most ice melting compounds contain salt products that can damage vegetation and hard surfaces and are […]

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Cats, Dogs: New Year’s Resolutions for Pets

We all make New Year’s Resolutions that most of us break within a few weeks of making them but have you ever considered making a New Year’s resolution for your pet! Here are some suggestions for Pet’s New Year’s Resolutions. Spend more time exercising your pet.  If you normally walk your dog a few minutes […]

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Cats, Dogs: Five Tips for Avoiding Chapped and Bleeding Skin and Paws This Winter

Many  dogs and cats  develop dry, chapped skin and paw pads that can lead to cracking, bleeding, pain, licking, and infection. This problem is seen more frequently in the winter due to drier air created in part by the use of furnaces, wood stoves, and fireplaces. Allergens in the air can be at higher concentrations […]

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