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  • Hidden Dangers of Over-the-Counter Medications

    What to Do If You Mistakenly Gave Your Pet an NSAID Immediately contact your veterinarian for an emergency appointment. DO NOT WAIT for the next available appointment; this is an emergency. Be able to tell your veterinarian what medication(s) your pet ingested, how much your pet ingested,

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  • Fun Cat Trivia

    Cats are Obligate Carnivores Cats have different nutrition requirements than dogs. Cats require some amino acids that are found only in meat. Dogs can be vegetarians, but not cats. Cats fed a dog food can become blind as a result of the nutritional deficiency, or can develop a severe heart

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  • Lilies are Dangerous to Cats

    Flowers Which are Not True Lilies 1. Lily of the Valley is in the Convallaria group. Although it is not a true lily, and does not cause kidney problems, it is a poisonous plant due to its ability to cause heart problems with its digitalis-like toxin.

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  • Introducing Your First

    Pets aren't the only ones who need a little (or a lot) of help adjusting to life with a newborn. No matter how much you plan ahead, the addition of a new family member may be difficult for your pet. Remember, your dog or cat was your first "baby" and is used to being the center of your attention. So

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  • Fatal Rabies Disease is Preventable

    Reduce Your Pet's Chance of Infection Rabies is a serious disease that can cost your pet its life.  Review your pet's vaccinations during every visit with your family veterinarian.  Make sure you are following your doctor's treatment recommendations.  All circumstances are different. 

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  • Helping Dogs with Low Vision or Blindness

    Living with Blind Dogs A great book for more ideas on this topic is Living with Blind Dogs by Caroline Levin. She details many training techniques for these dogs, discusses causes of blindness, and in a humorous section, has a top ten list of why being

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  • Leptospirosis

    Important Facts 1. There are many different types of Lepto organisms.2. The current vaccines protect against four of them.3. It is a disease of dogs, some livestock species, and people.4. Ask your veterinarian if your dogs are at risk.

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  • Introducing a New Pet to Your Current Ones

    Pet Proofing Your Home Introducing your new pet to your current one is only a single part of the equation relating to taking a new pet home. You also have to make sure your new pet is comfortable in your home, which is a foreign environment to the animal. Like humans, animals can experience

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  • Heart Disease in Cats

    Important Heart Facts HCM is the most common heart disease in the cat. Any heart murmur in a cat should be investigated. One-third of cats with HCM will not have any heart murmur. Cats with HCM may never show any signs,

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  • Lameness in Horses

    Is Lameness Affecting My Horse? The following are symptoms of lameness in horses: • Reluctance to put weight on the ‘lame’ leg • Raising head while moving to keep weight of flame leg • Slightly shorter stride with lame leg • Raising the hip of the lame leg higher

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  • Evaluation and Diagnosis of a Red Eye in Dogs

    Can My Dog Go Blind from Red Eye? Prompt evaluation and diagnosis, along with effective treatment, reduces the risk that a red eye will develop into a blind eye. Your veterinarian offers a full range of testing and diagnostic tools to assess your dog’s condition.  Schedule an appointment

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  • Internet Reunites Lost Pets and Owners

    Everyone loves the amazing stories of dogs and cats who travel long distances to find their way back home or even locate their owners in a new city. Unfortunately, these happy tales are the rare exception to the rule. For every pet that makes it back after leaving, there are tens of thousands who

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  • Having a Positive Experience at the Dog Park

    Human Etiquette Tips for the Dog Park Before visiting a dog park, call your veterinarian to ensure your dog is current on all core immunizations and a Bordetella vaccination. Your dog should be current on his flea and tick preventatives. Always pick up any feces your dog may produce. Turn

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  • H1N1 or Swine Flu Virus

    The H1N1 or swine flu epidemic has many people concerned. It certainly holds the potential for severe, worldwide disease in humans. Currently, most cases in the U.S. have not been as serious as in other countries. Flu viruses commonly mutate though, and even a small mutation could increase the pathogenicity

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  • Keeping Pets Safe from Being Lost

    Did You Know? While some pet owners believe the best information to tattoo a pet with is their social security number, this information does not help the average person who finds a lost pet. The microchip is so small it is comparable to a grain of rice. Your pet will never feel

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  • How to Keep Your Cat from Getting Fat

    Veterinary Strategies for Weight Control You may not even realize that your cat weighs more than is advisable for his breed and age. Your veterinarian will weigh him during annual health evaluations to determine whether he is at risk for obesity. Your cat may need dietary or lifestyle changes,

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