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Halloween and Your Pet

What does your pet think about Halloween? I have written before about Halloween parties for pets but not all pets like Halloween. In fact some of them think it is very scary. Here are some things you can do to help your pet adjust to Halloween. The two biggest problems with Halloween are injuries and […]

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Idiopathic Feline Vestibular Disease

Idiopathic Feline Vestibular Disease in the northeastern U.S. and Canada is seen most commonly in the fall. No one knows what actually causes this problem which is why it is idiopathic–we doctors are “idiots” because we can’t figure out a cause! The Vestibular system in the cat is responsible for making sure that the body […]

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New Herbal for Kidney Disease in Cats ( and Dogs)

One of the most common questions I receive from cat owners is about chronic renal failure or chronic kidney disease. Chronic kidney failure is extremely common in older cats. In most cases when the pet starts to show signs of kidney disease, the cause of the problem may be long gone but the damage to […]

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Arthritis in Dogs and Cats

Just like their human companions, many pets suffer from stiff and painful joints – a condition commonly known as arthritis. In pets, arthritis may be either degenerative or inflammatory in nature. Degenerative joint disease, or osteoarthritis, is the most common form of arthritis in dogs and cats. Osteoarthritis can be divided into primary or secondary […]

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Bladder Problems in Cats

Fall is a time of pumpkins, apple picking and bladder problems in cats. Feline lower urinary tract disease (FLUTD) is common problem in cats. Symptoms of FLUTD can be varied and range from a cat urinating outside the litter box to a complete urinary obstruction which is an emergency in male cats. Although this condition […]

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High Blood Pressure in Pets

Systemic hypertension, or high blood pressure, is very common in humans but can also be a problem for pets. Our pets do not smoke, do not worry and usually do not have high cholesterol, but as they age high blood pressure can be a problem. When blood pressure rises in our pets, the smallest vessels […]

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Dry Food and Health Problems in Cats

When I went to veterinary school years ago, I was taught the best thing to feed cats was dry food to keep their teeth healthy. Dry food was convenient. You could leave out large bowls of it for the cats to eat all day if they wanted. Now almost 30 years later, things have changed. […]

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Summer Diet Dangers for Your Pet

There are a lot of great fresh things to eat in the summer and although I am all for fruits and veggies for dogs ( 10 % of the diet maximum), there are some summer foods that can cause problems. Avoid the Cob Corn on the cob is one food I do not recommend for […]

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Household Dangers for Your Pet

Most people can think of many dangers that might lurk outdoors for their pets but many people do not realize that there are many indoor dangers for their pets as well. Commonly used products like bleach, all-purpose cleaners and other disinfectants can cause chemical burns on pets’ skin and can be toxic if ingested. Pets […]

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Itchy Scratchy Pets

In the summer there are a lot of itchy scratchy dogs and cats. The number one reason most owners seek veterinary attention is skin problems and most of these are dogs who are continuously scratching and scabby cats. So what causes dogs to be itchy? Parasites–such as fleas, ticks and mites Allergies-flea allergy -atopy or […]

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