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Finding the Right Pet Food, by Dr. Cassie Knapp

Finding the Right Pet Food Dr. Cassie Knapp   Veterinarians are just as confused as pet owners by pet food marketing, and there is a lot of misinformation and mythology on the Internet regarding pet food. In particular, guilt-based or emotion-driven marketing and propaganda should be viewed with skepticism, especially when it is used to […]

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Disaster Preparedness for Your Pet, by Dr. Kathryn Sarpong

Disaster Preparedness for Your Pet Dr. Kathryn Sarpong  The news reminds us that disaster can strike at any point and result in the need to quickly evacuate your family from your home.  Your family includes the furry and feathered members.   The floods in New Orleans taught many lessons including the need to include pets in […]

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Cat Hyperthyroidism, by Dr. Kathryn Sarpong

Cat Hyperthyroidism by Dr. Kathryn Sarpong Your cat is losing weight, being hyperactive, no longer sleeping, and may be hungry all the time.   What is going on?    Your cat may have something very treatable that can be found on a blood test. Your veterinarian will likely want to check your cat’s thyroid levels.   The thyroid […]

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Dementia in Senior Pets, by Dr. Sadie Fraleigh

Dementia in Senior Pets: Cognitive Dysfunction Syndrome (CDS) by Dr. Sadie Fraleigh   Does my dog or cat have dementia? Because our pets are living longer, they are at risk to develop diseases associated with advanced age. Symptoms that may appear to pet owners as simple age-related changes in reality could be signs of medical […]

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Viral Testing for Cats, by Dr. Kathryn Sarpong

What is “Viral Testing” for my Cat? Kathryn Sarpong, DVM DABVP   Your veterinarian may have recommended viral testing for your kitten or cat.   There are many viruses that infect cats, but “viral testing” usually refers to a blood test that looks for feline leukemia virus (FeLV), and Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV).    These viruses can […]

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Dog Park Safety, by Katie Curtis

Dog Park Safety Katie Curtis Veterinary Technician Taking your pet to the dog park is a terrific way for your pet to socialize while expending excess energy. Here are a few tips to keep everyone safe while at the dog park! Always check with the dog park to see if they have any requirements and/or […]

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Cushing’s Disease, by Dr. David Deresz

Cushing’s Disease Dr. David Deresz Cushing’s Disease, also known as hyperadrenocorticism, is an endocrine disease that is seen in older dogs, usually over seven years of age. The excessive production of the steroid, cortisol, is the driving force of this disease. Clinical signs include excessive thirst, urinary accidents, voracious appetite, pot-belly appearance, and hair thinning […]

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Addison’s Disease, by Dr. David Deresz

Addison’s Disease Dr. David Deresz Addison’s Disease, also known as hypoadrenocorticism, is an endocrine disorder usually seen in younger dogs, typically under 2-3 years of age. The low production of the steroid cortisol, as well as low production of water retaining hormone aldosterone, are the driving forces of this disease. Clinical signs include intermittent vomiting, […]

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Spleen and Liver Cancer in Pets, by Dr. David Deresz

Spleen and Liver Cancer Dr. David Deresz Unfortunately, just as in humans, cancer is a common disease seen in older patients. Veterinary medicine has progressed immensely in the last 10 to 15 years regarding our ability to diagnose and treat cancer. There are many different types effecting many different body systems. Each has its own […]

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Hypothyroidism in Dogs – Signs & Treatment, by Dr. Jennifer Lavender

Canine Hypothyroidism Dr. Jennifer Lavender   What is the thyroid? The thyroid is a gland found in the throat/neck of many species, including dogs.  Thyroid function is regulated by the pituitary gland in the brain.  The hormones produced by the thyroid ultimately set the “speed” for the body’s metabolism.  Because metabolic rate and function affects […]

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