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Cats: Urinary Tract Problems in Cats

Urinary tract infections or bladder problems are the number one reason cats are taken to the veterinarian according to the American Veterinary Medical Association. The signs of bladder issues are pretty obvious–the cat urinates in odd places, has pain or straining with urination, licks the genitals excessively, goes frequently to the box, or passes blood […]

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Dogs: Lick Granulomas

Lick Granulomas or Acral Lick Granulomas as they are called, can be a frustrating and difficult condition to treat. These lick spots are usually on the front or back legs in an area that the dog can reach and lick at constantly. Veterinary dermatologists tell us that these spots always contain bacteria and can be […]

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Fun: New Year’s Resolution for Pets

We all make New Year’s Resolutions that most of us break within a few weeks of making them! However, I have a list here of New Year’s Resolutions to make involving your pets. I would suggest that you pick a Resolution that you think you can keep for the entire year. You do not necessarily […]

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Dogs: Hot Spots in Dogs

Summer is a common time of year for dogs to develop hot spots. Also known as moist dermatitis or pyotraumatic dermatitis, these are areas of the skin that are oozing, red, damp, and smelly. They usually occur in circular patterns. Common areas of the body on which they develop are the rump and behind the […]

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Cats, Dogs: Gastrointestinal Upsets

Veterinarians tend to see a lot of gastrointestinal problems in pets this time of year. Our pets tend to indulge just like we do over the holidays. Rich and fatty foods, table scraps and holiday foods like chocolate, cookies and bones from the feast can cause havoc with the digestive tract of dogs and cats. […]

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Cats, Dogs: Toxic Holiday Plants

Veterinarians are frequently presented with questions about potential pet poisoning due to eating holiday plants. Some Christmas plants are toxic and others are not. It is best if your pets do not have access to any of your plants–that way you do not have to worry if the plant is toxic or not! Here are […]

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Dogs: Bone Tumors in Dogs

Osteosarcoma is the most common bone tumor seen in dogs. It occurs in middle age to older dogs and is usually large breed dogs. It can develop in any bone in any dog but tends to grow in the limbs of large dogs in 75% of the cases. As the tumour grows, the osteosarcoma weakens […]

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Dogs: Paw Care for Dogs in Winter

Winter weather can be very tough on your dog’s 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: Liver Disease in Dogs Overview

Liver disease is fairly common in older dogs. There are many different causes of liver disease because the liver is an organ which is involved in many different physiological processes. The liver is one of the main detoxifying organs of the body. It processes and eliminates toxins from the blood, it is involved in making […]

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Cats: Arthritis in Cats

Most people are familiar with arthritis in dogs but do not know that older cats also suffer from arthritis. Research shows that 100 percent of cats over 10 years of age have arthritis in one or more joint. The difference is that cats show more subtle signs of arthritis than dogs because cats are very […]

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