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How to Get the Most out of Your Vet Visit

Maybe your New Year’s resolution for your pet is to find a new veterinarian or take your pet to the veterinarian for the first time. Just remember that all veterinary hospitals and veterinarian are not the same and it is important for you to find one that matches your ideal of customer service, quality and philosophy. […]

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Milk Thistle for Gallbladder Disease in Pets

Gallbladder disease is fairly common in humans but is not very common in pets. The gallbladder is a sac like structure that is found between the lobes of the liver. It functions to store bile– a yellow-green fluid produced by the liver that is used for digestion of fat. This bile is secreted into the […]

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Itchy Owie Ointment for Winter Paw Care

Paw Care in Winter 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 […]

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Cat Proofing your Christmas Tree

Cats love Christmas and Christmas trees. It is only natural that your cat should be interested in all the lights and ornaments on your tree and the tree itself, but many cats (including one of my own) have caused havoc by climbing the tree or pulling it over. Here are a few tips to keep […]

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Winterizing Your Pet

Winter is just around the corner, actually starting in about 3 weeks. Now is the time to get your pet ready for winter. Although I do not agree that pets should be keep outside all the time, there are people who do not allow their pets in the house. If this is the case it […]

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Anti-Freeze Toxicity

With colder weather approaching, many people are getting their cars, cottages, and mobile homes ready for winter. This often involves using antifreeze (ethylene glycol) to winterize pipes and toilets and the car radiator. Antifreeze is the most common poisoning found in pets. Most pets get exposed to antifreeze from leaking car radiators. This substance is […]

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Disc Disease in Cats

Intervertebral disc disease (IVDD) is common and well recognized in dogs, particularly dachshunds and beagles, but it is frequently underdiagnosed in cats. It is not as common in cats. The incidence of IVDD in the cat is less than 1% whereas in the dog it is about 2%. Disc disease is more common in middle aged […]

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Upper Respiratory Tract Infections in Cats

Respiratory infections in cats and kittens are very common. The upper respiratory tract in the cat is made up of the nose, throat and sinus area. Viruses are the most common cause of respiratory disease in cats, with Feline Calicivirus and Feline Herpes virus causing 85 to 90% of all respiratory disease in cats. Upper […]

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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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