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Good Preventive Spring Health Care for your Pet

Spring reminds all of us of spring cleaning, but maybe your pet needs some ” Spring Cleaning”. Here is a list of some great preventive tips for your pet’s health. Review your pet’s nutrition–a good diet is essential to your pet’s health.  Feeding your pet a nutrient-rich, well-balanced diet is one of the most important […]

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Bloat in Dogs

I had the misfortune yesterday to see a patient who had gastric dilatation-volvulus syndrome (GDV) or bloat in dogs. This patient was a German Shepherd and GDV  is seen primarily in large breed dogs with deep chests. Great Danes, St Bernards, Greyhounds, Labrador Retrievers, German Shepherds and setters are among the most common breeds that […]

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10 Symptoms You Should Not Ignore in Your Pet

With the advent of the internet and Dr Google, many pet owners try to diagnose their pets’ problems without consulting a veterinarian. Sometimes good internet advice from reputable sources might save a trip to the veterinarian but there are times when it is dangerous to wait and not seek the advice of a flesh and […]

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Treating Pet Allergies Naturally

Just like us, our pets have many different kinds of allergies—seasonal allergies, food allergies and contact allergies. These different types of allergies have different clinical signs and different treatments. With warmer weather approaching, veterinarians expect the arrival of pet seasonal allergies. At this time of year, everything is flowering filling the air with pollen. We […]

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Food Therapy for Senior Pets – Updated

 “When treating an illness, the first step should be dietary therapy.  Only when this is unsuccessful should one try drugs..” –Sun Si Miao Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM) Food therapy is practiced by TCVM practitioners as another tool to help their patients along with acupuncture and herbal therapy.  Food therapy is used to treat specific […]

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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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Yukon Quest Sled Dog Race

The Yukon Quest Sled Dog Race started last Saturday. Last year some of my fellow veterinarians and I were up in the Yukon doing some research with these dogs to see how running this long distance of 1000 miles from Whitehorse to Fairbanks affected the dogs. We were fortunate for our research project that Brent […]

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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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Annual Exams for Cats and Dogs

We all know that our pets age faster than we do. Many times people ask me how old their pet is in “people” years.  The old rule of thumb 1 dog year equals 7 human years and 1 cat year equals 5 human years is not always correct but it does give you a pretty […]

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Common Causes of Coughing in Dogs

If your dog is coughing, it can be very concerning and annoying.  Coughing is a symptom rather than a disease unto itself.  Some of the most common causes of coughing are: Allergic disease Collapsing trachea Heart Disease Bronchitis–Kennel cough or another infectious disease Asthma Lung tumors Allergic disease can cause coughing and be accompanied by itching […]

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