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Seizures in Pets

Seizures can be very scary if they happen to your pet.  Seizures in pets are usually accompanied by thrashing, yelping crying, excess drooling, and possibly urination and defecation. They result from abnormal electrical activity in the brain. This can be caused by things outside the brain such as electrolyte imbalances, hormonal problems, metabolic imbalances, low […]

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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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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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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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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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Pet Parents Coping with Cancer

Cancer is a common diagnosis in pets. There are many types of cancer that can afflict pets. If your pet is diagnosed with cancer you may feel overwhelmed and terrified. Here are some suggestions to help you cope with a diagnosis of cancer in your pet. Be Sure You Understand the Diagnosis The first thing […]

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Relationship Between Diet and Hyperthyroidism

The Relationship Between Diet and Hyperthyroidism in Cats Hyperthyroidism is a commonly-diagnosed glandular condition in cats. The condition is most frequently caused by a benign (non-cancerous)  tumor on the thyroid called a thyroid adenome.  In only 2 % of the cases, this tumor is cancerous. The tumor produces an abundance of thyroxine (a thyroid hormone) […]

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Pet Obesity: Facts and Risks

According to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, 54% of American pets are estimated to be obese. The Canadian Veterinary Medical association estimates that around 60% of Canadian pets are obese or overweight. Being overweight or obese puts pets at significant risk for many health problems and shorter lives. The unfortunate thing is that fat […]

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Adjusting Your Pet for Halloween

Halloween can be a fun time for people, and we often like to include our pets in the festivities. Unfortunately, this can be a scary time for dogs and cats, so it’s important to know how you can prepare them and protect them during this festive season. How Can Halloween Be Dangerous for My Pet? […]

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