How Children Can Avoid Dog and Cat Bites

It is beautiful to watch our four-legged family members comfortably interact with our children. For some pets, this comes naturally; for others, it takes time and effort to build trust between them and the children. It is essential to be able to read the behavior of our dogs and cats to facilitate that bond between…

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Pericardial Effusion

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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: 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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