By: Lauren Strazdis, DVM [printer-friendly version] The most common cause of heart disease and heart failure in dogs is chronic degenerative valvular disease (CVD). The mitral valve is usually the valve that degenerates, or becomes weaker, over time in a patient with CVD. The mitral valve separates the two main chambers on the left side…

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By: Lauren Strazdis, DVM [printer-friendly version] A “heart murmur” is an abnormal sound heard by a veterinarian while listening to the heart using a stethoscope. This sound indicates turbulent blood flow in the heart, meaning that some blood is not flowing smoothly through the heart or in the proper direction. There are many parts of…

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By: Lauren Strazdis, DVM [printer-friendly version] Dogs cannot regulate their body temperature by sweating like humans do because they only have a few sweat glands on their paw pads. They instead rely on evaporation by panting to cool off in hot environments. No matter how much a dog pants, there are some situations where they…

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By: Rebecca Donaldson, DVM [printer-friendly version] Unfortunately, we’ve all experienced diarrhea at some point and know first-hand the discomfort it causes. Our pets can experience that same discomfort if they develop diarrhea too. While not pleasant to discuss, and especially not fun to discover on our carpets, it is important to educate yourself on the…

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By: Emily L. Adamson, DVM [printer-friendly version] Your veterinarian has recommended that your pet lose some weight. Your first question might be, “How do I know my pet weighs too much?” This can be a tricky question with so many varieties of breeds, it’s hard to have an exact “goal weight” for every dog or…

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By: Mireya Cavazos [printer-friendly version] What is FeLV?Feline Leukemia Virus is a retrovirus that is one of the most common infectious diseases of cats. There is a higher risk factor for male gender, adulthood, and outdoor roaming cats. Cats that test positive may live for many years depending on what stage of the virus they…

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[printer-friendly version] Q: What are the benefits of a non-anesthetic dental (PDCA)?A: A PDCA technician performs the following services; an assessment of oral health, cleaning (scaling and curettage), polishing, brushing, oral rinse, and a treatment plan. Q: Why is oral hygiene important for my pet?A: Pets are unable to brush their teeth daily. Therefore, it…

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BY EMILY ADAMSON, DVM [printer-friendly version] As a pet owner, you make important decisions every day that affect your pet’s health. From the moment you bring them home, you work hard to make choices that lead to a healthy, happy dog – which food they eat, how often they exercise, the toys they play with,…

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by Dr. Kathryn Junkins Sarpong [printer-friendly version] There is a rapidly growing trend of giving pets CBD oil -a component of marijuana or hemp plants.  Owners are giving it to their pets in the hope to reduce anxiety, pain, arthritis, seizures, and many other conditions.  CBD is short for cannabidiol, the nonpsychotropic  component of cannabis…

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