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Choosing the best family pet

By Dr. Kathryn Sarpong, DVM Selecting a new pet is an important decision since bringing an animal into your home means providing shelter, food, care, and love. Most cats and dogs have a lifespan of 12-20 years and it is a large commitment to adopt one into your home! Many families with small yards, or […]

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Cold weather hazards

By Dr. Kathryn Sarpong, DVM Each season brings special hazards and concerns for family pets.  Even in Texas, winter’s biggest threat is the low temperatures.  Make certain to provide shelter to your pets from the cold and rainy weather.  Some breeds of dogs tolerate the cold weather better than others.  Generally, dogs with thick or […]

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Congential Eyelid Agenesis

Attending DVM: Dr. Jennifer Lavender This kitten was presented to Metro Paws Animal Hospital by Operation Kindness. He had a birth defect that resulted in his eyelids not developing. These kittens cannot blink and their eye remains open even when they are sleeping. This kitten had to have one eye removed because it had become […]

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Chocolate and pets don’t mix

By Dr. Kathryn Sarpong, DVM Chocolate is toxic to cats and dogs. As little as an ounce of chocolate per 10 pounds of body weight can be potentially fatal depending on the type of chocolate. Dark chocolates and baking chocolates are more toxic than milk or white chocolate. Symptoms of chocolate toxicity range from mild […]

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Canine Flu

Canine Influenza and the new Vaccine Canine Influenza is a flu virus that affects dogs. It is thought to have mutated from the equine influenza a few years ago and was first seen in racing greyhounds in 2004. Recently, a new vaccine has been released with conditional approval and has generated a lot of press […]

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Dr. Sarpong is certified by the ABVP

NASHVILLE, TN — Kathryn J Sarpong DVM, of Dallas, TX has been certified as a Diplomate by the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners (ABVP) specializing in Canine/ Feline Practice. Dr. Sarpong mastered a rigorous and demanding application process and certification examination in order to obtain Diplomate status. To qualify to sit for the extensive, two-day […]

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Feline Nutrition, by Dr. David Deresz

Feline Nutrition Dr. David Deresz                   Nutrition is a very important component to maintaining good health for cats through all life stages. Calories, macronutrients, and electrolytes requirements change as your pet ages. These may need adjustments when certain diseases develop.                Kittens require a higher amount of […]

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Heartworm Disease

Where do heartworms come from? Heartworms are spread by mosquitoes. When a mosquito feeds on an animal, larval forms of heartworms are injected into the animal. Can my pet catch heartworms from another heartworm positive animal? Not directly. The life cycle of the heartworm parasite requires that it pass through the mosquito for development. The […]

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Othopedic Surgery

Attending DVM: Dr. Jennifer Lavender Dobie was intentionally hit by a car in August, 2007. He underwent two lengthy orthopedic surgeries to repair both sides of his pelvis. Today he is an active, healthy dog that found his forever home through Animal Allies of Texas.            

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