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Dementia in Senior Pets: Cognitive Dysfunction Syndrome (CDS)

By Metro Paws Animal Hospital | May 6, 2018

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 issues, behavioral issues, or dementia. What is Dementia? In…

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Diabetes Treatment for Pets

By Metro Paws Animal Hospital | January 28, 2018

Dr. Cassandra Gail Knapp Diabetes is a condition of high blood sugar levels. When discussing blood sugar, we must also discuss insulin because they literally go hand-in-hand. Insulin is a hormone made within the body (specifically, the pancreas) in response to sugar. When an animal eats sugar (glucose), the body must release insulin to bind…

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Disaster Preparedness for Your Pet

By Metro Paws Animal Hospital | May 23, 2018

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 disaster plans.    You can do…

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Dog Park Safety

By Metro Paws Animal Hospital | March 19, 2018

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 rules before going to…

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Canine Influenza and the New Vaccine

By Metro Paws Animal Hospital | May 8, 2011

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 about this virus. There is a…

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Dr. Sarpong is Certified by the ABVP

By Metro Paws Animal Hospital | May 11, 2012

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 examination, a veterinarian must complete either a residency program or six years of clinical veterinary practice. In addition, two case reports, references, descriptions of practice procedures, and professional education…

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Feline Heart Disease Screening

By Metro Paws Animal Hospital | November 26, 2017

January, February, and March 2018 dates for Heart Disease Screening for Cats, aged 2 and older, available now! There exists a large population of cats who fall into the category of having aclinical (asymtomatic) heart disease. The cat may sound normal with a stethoscope exam, and may look and act normally, but they may have…

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Feline Nutrition

By Metro Paws Animal Hospital | May 8, 2011

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 calories per body weight, when compared to adult and senior cats. These…

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Finding the Right Pet Food

By Metro Paws Animal Hospital | October 17, 2018

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 sell expensive pet food. -RR Veterinarians…

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Heartworm Disease

By Metro Paws Animal Hospital | May 14, 2011

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 more positive dogs…

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