November: National Pet Diabetes Month

November: National Pet Diabetes Month

by:  Dr. Justine A. Lee, DVM, DACVECC     November is National Diabetes Month, and while this month was originally designed to increase awareness of this common endocrine disease in humans, we need to be aware of the growing prevalence of DM in dogs and cats also. Untreated, diabetes mellitus can be fatal in dogs and cats. In veterinary medicine, there are two types of diabetes mellitus: […]

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What to Do When Your Dog is Diagnosed with Cancer: Treatment, Prognosis, and Costs

What to Do When Your Dog is Diagnosed with Cancer: Treatment, Prognosis, and Costs

By David F. Kramer Few diagnoses in the veterinary world bring more pain to a dog owner than one simple word: cancer. The mind instantly goes to the perceived harshness of chemotherapy, surgery or radiation treatments, the likelihood of remission, and the possibility of losing the battle altogether. And while conditions such as kidney and heart disease can be more difficult to treat and have a […]

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Dogs and Heart Disease: An Overview

Dogs and Heart Disease: An Overview

Posts by: Dr. Ruth MacPete, DVM   Dr. Ruth MacPete explains canine heart disease. For more from Dr. MacPete, find her on Facebook or at www.drruthpetvet.com! “Dogs get heart disease?” The surprised question from a human doctor friend of mine still echoes in my ears. The answer, of course, is yes! Dogs get heart disease, just like their human companions. In fact, it is estimated that 7.8 million dogs […]

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Keep Pets Safe this Halloween

Keep Pets Safe this Halloween

Top 5 Ways to Keep Pets Safe this Halloween When cute 8-year-old vampires ring your doorbell on Halloween, that’s fun-scary. When your dog swallows a bag of candy and needs a Halloween trip to the ER, or your cat bolts out the door due to fear, that’s scary-scary. So consider this a Halloween treat from our friends at BluePearl: a list of the top five […]

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Arthritis in Senior Dogs: Signs and Treatments

Arthritis in Senior Dogs: Signs and Treatments

You might have noticed your older dog slowing down in recent years. Maybe he is playing less and sleeping more. Although this might seem normal for an aging canine, arthritis could be to blame. What Is Arthritis? There are several different types of arthritis that can affect dogs, but the most common is osteoarthritis — also known as degenerative joint disease. This condition can affect up to […]

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Top 10 Tips for Your Senior Cat

Top 10 Tips for Your Senior Cat

Senior cats are very different than kittens, and frankly are even different than middle-aged cats. They require a bit more attention and attentiveness from their owners. Here is a list of 10 tips for your senior cat that will allow you to feel good about your care and attention toward your furry friend. 1. Schedule Regular Wellness Check-ups. Develop a close relationship with your cat’s […]

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CAN A YARD SERVICE REALLY REPLACE FLEA & TICK PREVENTATIVES?

CAN A YARD SERVICE REALLY REPLACE FLEA & TICK PREVENTATIVES?

Taken from an article written by Michael Nappier, DVM, DABVP When it comes to flea, tick and external parasite prevention, the old real estate saying rings true: It’s all about location, location, location. Some lawn companies are advertising area treatments for yards that purport to eliminate the need for external parasite prevention for pets. Let’s take a closer look and see if we like the […]

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Understanding Hot Spots

Understanding Hot Spots

Understanding Hot Spots It often starts with an itch!  An irritation that has to be nibbled at and licked until, before you know it, that itchy spot has turned into an oozing, red, painful patch of bare skin. Quick to develop, hot spots are a nuisance! Acute Moist Dermatitis, commonly referred to as a hot spot, is a localized skin infection that can occur anywhere […]

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Get Your Pet Ready for Boarding

It’s inevitable, sooner or later, you’ll have to board your pet, even for just a little while. So, be prepared, but more importantly, make sure your pet is adequately prepared. #1 YOUR PET MUST BE VACCINATED. We require proof of vaccination. If you are currently a client at our clinic, our records will indicate if your pet is vaccinated, and you will not require proof. […]

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Must I Really Heartworm Test Every Year?

Must I Really Heartworm Test Every Year?

The short answer to this question is, yes. For the health and well being of your pet it is important for your pet to receive year-round prevention. This means your pets needs heartworm prevention in the spring, summer, fall and winter months to live a healthy and happy life. A yearly heartworm test is a great first step in helping to ensure this for your […]

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