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Steps to Evaluating Cushing’s Disease

Cappuccino is a Miniature Pinscher that we adopted almost 8 years ago. She is thought to be 11, 12 or 13 – our original veterinarian placed her age at probably 4 when we adopted her. She was a badly abused dog. When we adopted her she had baldness in areas attributed to poor nutrition – […]

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Mitral Valve Insufficiency

Good Morning, Dr Jan: I have a dog , 8 years old, just Diagnosticated with a Mytral valve insufficiency, and now he is taken 2 medicines: Furosemida and Nebibolol (but he is not doing well with them) , and he has a lot of cough an his breathing is heavy. Can I give to him […]

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Kidney Disease, Pancreatitis and Vomiting

Good morning Dr. Janice. I hope you might be able to suggest something regarding my cat’s issue. Alexander’s kidneys are in good shape but in early Stage 1 kidney disease per our vet (creatnine is 2. And BUN is 31 as of 8/15/2014. He had a recent bout of pancreatitis but after one night in […]

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Cat Hyperthyroidism, Kidney and Constipation Issues

Hi Dr. Jan, I spoke to Tyler on the petwellbeing site and he suggested I send you an email. FELINE HYPERTHYROIDISM My 13 year-old cat Dolce seems like she is fine to me but was recently diagnosed with feline hyperthyroidism. She is a pampered in-door housecat who only drinks reverse osmosis purified water and Organic […]

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Dentistry for Pets

February is Pet Dental month in many veterinary practises in Canada and the United States. Oral hygiene is an important issue for dogs and cats. Why Does Pet Dentistry Concern Me? Bad breath is very common in dogs and cats and is often the first sign of dental disease. 85% of all dogs and cats have […]

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Asthma in Cats

Just like their human companions, cats can suffer from asthma. It is thought that currently about 1% of all cats suffer from this condition but that number is increasing with increased environment pollution. Feline asthma, or feline bronchial disease (allergic airway disease or allergic bronchitis) is caused by a spasm of the small airways in the […]

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Health Care for Indoor Cats

It is no surprise to find that indoor cats live longer than their outdoor cousins. Indoor cats are not exposed to weather changes, certain poisons, unfriendly dogs, certain infectious diseases or car accidents. An indoor cat may live 12 to 18 years whereas an outdoor cat may only live 2 or 3 years. Indoor cats still […]

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Degenerative Joint Disease in Cats

Degenerative Joint Disease (DJD) is a progressive, long-term degeneration of the cartilage of the joints. DJD is common in older cats although many show no symptoms of lameness. Instead, cats frequently will have difficulty grooming, jumping up, or using the litter box. Some cats appear stiff when they walk, become very grouchy or do not […]

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Obesity in Pets

Obesity is a very common problem in pets. Approximately 40% of all pets are overweight. This is not just a cosmetic issue with a little extra “fluff”, obesity can be a serious problem. Just like humans, pets that are overweight suffer from illness related to their weight. The extra weight puts stress on all parts […]

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Catnip

Lots of perennial herbs are making a comeback in gardens now and one that is particularly plentiful is catnip. Catnip belongs to the mint family and its Latin name is Nepeta cataria. In folk medicine it has been used for cramps, coughing, as a sedative, as an aphrodisiac and as an anti-gas remedy. The active […]

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