Preventive Medicine For Pets (Keeping Pets Healthy)

Once a month or so, our practice gets a call from someone who wants me to euthanize a pet that I have never seen before. While the individual circumstances vary, the situation is always an emotional one, both for the pet’s guardians and for my staff and I. Why is this different from other euthanasias?

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Marijuana Toxicity in Dogs [Poisoning]

  On a typical morning, Jane wakes up and starts her daily routine by feeding her dog Fluffy. This morning Fluffy doesn’t come downstairs for his food. After some time calling him, a frustrated Jane finds her dog lying awake but in a stupor in his bed. Now in a panic, while talking to Fluffy,

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Treats & Toys Can Harm Your Pet [Warning!]

Pet owners love to show affection for pets by giving food, treats and toys. Unfortunately, the wrong types can cause serious harm to your pet. We have a problem. Dogs chew. It is a natural part of canine behavior, particularly when a puppy. Chewing on appropriate toys can be used as a valuable component of

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Take Your Cat to the Vet [How-To Tips]

There are about 75 million pet cats and 70 million pet dogs in the USA. However, dogs come to the vet much more often than cats. Why is that? A large part of the reason is simply that people have a hard time getting the cat to the vet! Well, how do you take your

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DANGER: RAT POISON (Rodenticide or Rat and Mouse Poison)

The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has been seriously concerned about the risks of rat and mouse poison (rodenticides) for quite a long time. In 1999, they began to pressure the manufacturer of d-CON, one popular brand, to make changes to their line of products. The EPA’s reasoning for this was out of concern

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The Canine Pandemic (Why So Many Dogs Suffer)

There is a pandemic that is affecting the quality of dogs’ lives everywhere. It harms and kills far more canines every year than Parvovirus, heartworm disease and getting hit by vehicles combined. It is a “Silent Pandemic” because many people don’t know about it, and those who do often don’t discuss it. Dogs suffer dearly

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Cat Eating

Feline Nutrition [How To Feed A Cat]

This month’s column is dedicated to cat lovers, and it’s all about how to feed a cat, or feline nutrition. Many of the medical problems that I see in cats are related to what they eat. Here are some common questions that I have been asked over the years. What is the ideal meal for

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Keep Your Pets Healthy and Save Money

I’m going to briefly cover a broad range of topics. In the future I expand on many of these. The following are some of the most important areas related to keeping your pets healthy, so they can have a long, high quality life. Incidentally, the more healthy your pets are, the less money they will

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