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Pericardial Effusion

By Metro Paws Animal Hospital | November 2, 2021

By: Athena Eberle, DVM [printer-friendly version] What is pericardial effusion? Pericardial effusion is an abnormal build-up of fluid within the sac surrounding the heart. There is normally a very small amount of fluid present within this space so when an increased volume accumulates, the heart’s ability to pump effectively is impaired causing secondary effects. Most…

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Feline Lameness

By Metro Paws Animal Hospital | November 2, 2021

By: Athena Eberle, DVM [printer-friendly version] Lameness, or limping, in cats can be caused by a variety of underlying problems. A cat may start to limp in response to an injury, abnormal anatomy, and/or be related to pain. The lameness may be affecting one leg or multiple legs and can be constant or come and…

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Mast Cells

By Metro Paws Animal Hospital | October 25, 2021

By: Ivan Alvarez, DVM [printer-friendly version] What are mast cells?  Mast cells are important immune system cells that help in inflammatory responses of the body. They are activated to fight off parasites and aid in allergic responses, and they do so by releasing inflammatory biochemicals such as histamine.  Mast cells in dogs  In dogs, the…

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At Home Delivery

By Metro Paws Animal Hospital | October 25, 2021

By: Anna Adams, DVM [printer-friendly version] Delivering puppies at home can be an exciting, captivating, and scary experience! Understanding all of the proper steps before the big day comes can help the process to run much more smoothly for both you and your dog. Furthermore, knowing when to call a veterinarian for assistance can put…

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Caesarean Section

By Metro Paws Animal Hospital | October 25, 2021

By: Anna Adams, DVM [printer-friendly version] A caesarean section (C-section) is a surgery performed to manually deliver a litter of puppies. C-sections are used to improve the survival rates of both the mother and her puppies. In dogs, C-sections are not routine and are typically performed on an emergency basis. Occasionally, a C-section is scheduled…

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Declawing

By Metro Paws Animal Hospital | October 25, 2021

By: Ivan Alvarez, DVM [printer-friendly version] Congratulations you have introduced a new kitty to the household! Everything is going well, she is adapting to the new environment, is playful and you couldn’t be happier. Then you start noticing scratch marks in your favorite sofa, your curtains or other furniture. You have tried corrective measures but…

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Limping Canines

By Metro Paws Animal Hospital | September 30, 2021

By: Carley Gates, DVM [printer-friendly version] Lameness/limping is a change to the normal canine gait. There are several differentials/possibilities as to the cause for the change in gait.  CAUSES: Autoimmune – immune system attacks joints Developmental, Degenerative – congenital abnormalities or arthritis Inflammatory, Infectious – bacterial arthritis or tick-borne diseases Neoplastic – tumor or cancer…

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Feline Infectious Peritonitis

By Metro Paws Animal Hospital | September 30, 2021

By: Carley Gates, DVM [printer-friendly version] What is Feline Infectious Peritonitis? Feline Infectious Peritonitis is ultimately a fatal disease which can affect many organ systems. It occurs when the non-fatal Feline Enteric Corona Virus (FeCoV)* spontaneously mutates within the body into the fatal Feline Infectious Peritonitis Virus (FIPV). The fatal virus (FIPV) is most associated…

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Giardia: Testing and Treatment

By Metro Paws Animal Hospital | August 16, 2021

[printer-friendly version] What is Giardia? Giardia is a protozoal parasite that causes diarrhea in pets. It is transmitted through water, soil, or food contaminated with feces (fecal to oral). Your pet’s veterinarian can test for Giardia via fecal analysis. Can people get Giardia? Some strains of giardia are transmissible to humans. Consult your doctor if…

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Giving Back is in Dr. Sarpong’s DNA – A Veterinary Leader Amidst the Dallas Community

By Metro Paws Animal Hospital | August 3, 2021

Like so many of the veterinarians at Metro Paws Animal Hospital, co-founder Dr. Kathryn Junkins Sarpong is committed to her community through compassionate and quality medical care to pet owners across Dallas, Texas. However, Dr. Sarpong’s dedication and generosity reaches far beyond her role as a veterinary leader. Recently, Dr. Sarpong and her husband Benjamin,…

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