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Uretonephrectomy in a 4-Week-Old Kitten

By Metro Paws Animal Hospital | May 14, 2011

By Dr. Jennifer Lavender, DVM Hydronephrosis is caused by increased intrarenal pressure due to ureteral defect (ie. ectopic, stenotic, hypoplastic, torsed, etc.). Uretronephrectomy is a viable solution when contralateral renal function is adequate. A four-of-week old kitten presented for abdominal distension. The owner had noticed the enlarging abdomen over the last week. None of this…

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Vestibular Disease in Pets

By Metro Paws Animal Hospital | January 27, 2019

by Dr. Maria Badamo The vestibular apparatus is the body’s system for determining our orientation to our surroundings. It lets us know when we are upright, upside down, whether we are leaning to one side, or backwards, etc. When there is a disruption of the vestibular system the body has a difficult time assessing its…

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What is “Viral Testing” for my Cat?

By Metro Paws Animal Hospital | April 30, 2018

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 be deadly and are contagious from contact with…

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What To Do with Your New Puppy

By Metro Paws Animal Hospital | May 14, 2011

Commitment – Involve all family members in the care of your new puppy. Consider assignments for feeding, bathing, walking, etc. Caring for a puppy is huge responsibility and everyone should be involved. Puppies require a lot of attention and love. Equipment – Make sure that your puppy has all the necessary equipment to be safe…

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What is Separation Anxiety in Dogs?

By Metro Paws Animal Hospital | May 8, 2011

By Dr. Kathryn Sarpong, DVM Some dogs with too much unused energy and a highly developed bond to their families can develop destructive tendencies or excessive barking when left alone.  This can include destroying items in the house, scratching at doors or windows, destroying blinds, barking continuously, or having accidents in the house.   Certain breeds…

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Where Do Heartworms Come From?

By Metro Paws Animal Hospital | May 8, 2011

By Dr. Kathryn Sarpong, DVM 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…

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Why Microchip?

By Metro Paws Animal Hospital | May 8, 2011

It doesn’t take more than a second – a door left open while you bring in the groceries, a child running through the gate leaving it unlatched, or a neighbor at your door – and your pet is gone. Some pets don’t get far, others do find their way home, but for the millions of…

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Will That Dog Bite?

By Metro Paws Animal Hospital | May 8, 2011

by Dr. Kathryn Sarpong, DVM Dog bites are a concern for dog owners, parents of young children, and anyone that comes into contact with dogs.  According to the Center for Disease Control, more than 4 million people are bitten by dogs each year and more than 30,000 people may require surgery for bite wounds. Most…

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