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Let’s Talk Turtles…….

By admin / July 19, 2016

I don’t know about you, but for the past month and a half, turtles have been just about everywhere around here.  My dogs can’t take a walk without sniffing them out and yes, even putting one in their mouths when I’m not looking.  These mainly land-based creatures have their pick on where to go and…

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10 Reasons Why Joint Damage Can Get Worse Without Attention

By admin / July 12, 2016

We see it just about every week in practice:  A hurt shoulder, hip, knee, elbow or ankle.  Most joint injuries are sprains, thank goodness.  Yet, dislocations, fractures or ligament tears that affect joints have a need to be surgically repaired within a reasonable amount of time.  Dr. Phil Zeltzman, DVM, DACVS, CVJ recently wrote in…

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DNA Testing in Dogs: Does It Have A Place?

By admin / June 16, 2016

About once a month, I get asked a question by a client that isn’t really clinical, but just interesting.  Pertaining to mixed-breed dogs in particular, is sending in hair, saliva or blood samples useful in determining the breed mix in a certain dog?  Up until now, I’ve been ambivalent on the subject, and given such…

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Cutting Through Some Of The Hype In The Dog Food Market

By admin / June 9, 2016

At times, I can only shake my head at some of the print, television and on-line marketing that I see from those peddling dog foods.  There has always been a fair amount of the “we’re better than them” advertising in this, but I believe that the digital age has brought the dog food market competition…

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Feeding Your Older Cat

By admin / June 9, 2016

Cats: They’re notoriously mysterious. They hide their illnesses well, often rule the home, and only want affection when they’re in the mood for it. Some cat breeds have average lifespans of nearly 20 years, while others might only live for 10. Most cats will begin to show visible age-related changes between 7 and 12 years…

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What’s The Best Dog In America? An Update

By admin / May 12, 2016

Here’s the one you’ve been waiting for!  That pooch over there on his or her bed, or maybe the one out in the yard is set to get his or her due.  After all, how can mine not be #1, right? But before we open the envelope on the #1 dog breed in America, perhaps…

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Tips for a Safe Memorial Day Trip with your Pet

By admin / May 11, 2016

Are you one of the millions of people who will hit the road over the long Memorial Day weekend? The American Red Cross wants everyone to have a safe trip and has some travel safety steps everyone can follow to help them enjoy their trip. DRIVE SAFELY With more people on the roads, it’s important to…

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What Motivates Dogs To Bark?

By admin / April 25, 2016

The Journal of Veterinary Behavior (2015; 10(3): 204-209) published the results of their study, mainly addressed at “nuisance barking” in dogs.  It was re-published in the February, 2016 Clinicians Brief.com for practicing veterinarians.  I kind of questioned use of “nuisance barking”, because as a veterinarian I always want to have a pat answer to a…

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Five Dental Problems In Dogs That We Deem Emergencies

By admin / April 13, 2016

It makes sense.  Teeth are too important to overlook.  If the mouth has a major issue and a dog can’t eat, then the rest of the dog can’t be nourished, right?  Over the past two weeks I’ve had three of these top five emergencies (according to Clinician’s Brief) that I personally dealt with in dogs. …

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Easter Pet Poisons

By admin / March 1, 2016

The veterinarians at Pet Poison Helpline receive hundreds of calls this time of year from pet owners and veterinarians concerning cats that have ingested Easter lilies. “Unbeknownst to many pet owners, Easter lilies are highly toxic to cats,” said Ahna Brutlag, DVM, MS assistant director at Pet Poison Helpline. “All parts of the Easter lily plant are poisonous…

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