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Vet Talks: Anemia in Cats and Dogs and How To Help Your Pet

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In my practice, I see anemia frequently as I deal with senior pets, and terminally ill dogs and cats.  Anemia is defined as a decreased hematocrit (HCT) or hemoglobin. Packed cell volume (PCV) is the same definition as hematocrit which is a calculated value from the mean cell volume and red blood cell count and […]

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Vet Talks: Pneumonia in Dogs

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What is Pneumonia? Pneumonia is a condition that causes an inflammation of the lung tissue. In dogs, it is most often caused by a bacterial infection, and the inflamed lung tissues then begin to accumulate fluid. This infection can occur as a result of an infectious disease, such as ‘kennel cough’ (Bordetella bronchiseptica) or other […]

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Vet Talks – Atopic Dermatitis: The Dreaded Itchy Pet!

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  Red, itchy skin is more than just an annoying problem in our pets.  It negatively effects the quality of life of our pets, can lead to secondary infections, and can even affect our lives as well.  Atopic dermatitis, also known as atopy, is one of the most commonly encountered itchy skin diseases for pets […]

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Vet Talks: Ear Mites in Cats and Dogs

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Ear Mites in Dogs and Cats In my practice, ear mites are prevalent in feral and outdoor cats, but uncommon in dogs.  Often, clients will call for an appointment for their dog or cat’s ear problem stating it may be a mite infection, when in fact, it is a much more common bacterial or yeast infection. Ear […]

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Vet Talks: Mange in Cats and Dogs

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Mange in Dogs and Cats If your cat or dog is experiencing hair loss, itching, crusts, malodorous skin, and is generally miserably uncomfortable, it could be mange.  The first thing I do diagnostically when presented with a skin condition in a dog or cat is a skin scrape test and look at the debris under […]

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Bone Cancer in Dogs – symptoms, diagnosis and treatment

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What is Bone Cancer in Dogs My own dog, Sugar; the love of my life through many years and vet school, succumbed to bone cancer. Unfortunately, it involved her hip, and was completely inoperable. She had had many surgeries – both elbows, both knees, for other reasons, and I couldn’t fix this one. She lived […]

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Vet Talks: Rodent Ulcers in cats

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Rodent Ulcers “Rodent Ulcers”, otherwise known as indolent ulcers, are eosinophilic granulomas or a solid grouping of inflammatory cells coming together in a lump or solid structure. Eosinophils are a type of white blood cell that are commonly associated and elevated with allergies. They are part of the immune system defending against parasites. Unfortunately, they […]

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Vet Talk: Seizures in dogs and cats

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What Causes Seizures in Dogs and Cats? Seizures, or epilepsy, in dogs and cats is a neurological disorder.  Seizures can occur for many different reasons.  A seizure occurs when the cerebral cortex functions in an abnormal way.  Seizures can be caused by extracranial reasons (due to reasons outside of the brain) or intracranial reasons (due […]

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Vet Talks: Post Surgical Care for Your Pet

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Weather your pet has had a laceration repair, abdominal surgery or a fracture repair, it is extremely important to follow post surgical instructions given to you by your veterinarian. The most common post surgical complications in my practice are licking and chewing incision causing infection and in worst case dehiscence of the surgical procedure. Additional […]

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Vet Talks: Degenerative Myelopathy in Dogs

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I often work with dogs who have degenerative myelopathy, a disease that is difficult to treat and very sad to see. However, acupuncture, spinal manipulation, rehabilitative therapies, as well as herbal supplements and diet can slow the progression of the disease. Degenerative myelopathy in dogs is a slow progressive, non-inflammatory degeneration of the white matter […]

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