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YOUR PET’S PRESCRIBED DIET

If your pet is on a prescribed diet, keeping him or her on that diet is essential for the best possible health and quality of life. Your veterinarian has carefully selected your pet’s prescribed diet based on his or her specific needs, so this food should not be changed. Please order refills of your pet’s […]

WINTER HAZARDS AND YOUR CAT

Cats are attracted to the sweet smell and taste of antifreeze, but if eaten, this toxin can quickly cause kidney failure. Outdoor cats depend on people for their warmth and survival during the winter months; special steps need to be taken to keep these cats safe. Holidays are a time for celebration but can pose […]

WHY DO I NEED TO VACCINATE MY PET?

Vaccination is an important weapon against infectious diseases. Some diseases, like rabies, are transmissible to humans, so protecting your pets also protects your family members and community. Pets that stay indoors also can be exposed to infectious diseases, so even indoor cats can benefit from vaccinations. Vaccines are safe and generally well tolerated by most […]

WHEN TO CONSIDER EUTHANASIA

Euthanasia is the painless, humane termination of life. The decision regarding when to euthanize is fraught with medical, financial, ethical, religious, moral, and sometimes legal considerations. Seeking counsel from family, friends, and others can help with this difficult decision. Ultimately, you must trust yourself to make the best choice for your pet. What Is Euthanasia? […]

WEST NILE VIRUS AND YOUR PET

West Nile virus is usually transmitted to dogs and cats through the bite of an infected mosquito. Clinical signs of infection in dogs and cats may be very mild or absent. Protecting your pets from mosquitoes will reduce their risk of exposure to West Nile virus. Ask your veterinarian about safe and effective mosquito-repellant products […]

WEIGHT CHECK

A weight check is the measurement of your pet’s weight and the evaluation of your pet’s body condition. A weight check should be performed at every veterinary examination and any time you notice changes in your pet’s weight. Unexpected weight loss may be the first sign of diseases such as diabetes, hyperthyroidism in cats, kidney […]

VON WILLEBRAND’S DISEASE

Von Willebrand’s disease is an inherited bleeding disorder that occurs most commonly in dogs and rarely in cats. It is caused by a deficiency in the quantity or activity of von Willebrand factor, a protein in the blood that helps platelets stick to injured surfaces to form a clot. It is found most commonly in […]

VOMITING

Vomiting is the forceful emptying of the stomach. If vomiting is prolonged, it can lead to dehydration. Vomiting can be associated with several medical conditions ranging from motion sickness to foreign body ingestion to cancer. Treatment is aimed at controlling the vomiting and resolving the primary cause. A safe environment, healthy diet, routine veterinary care, […]

VESTIBULAR DISEASE

Vestibular disease is a medical condition that affects the nervous system. Clinical signs of vestibular disease include incoordination (instability when trying to stand or walk), head tilt, and circling to one side. Sometimes the cause of vestibular disease remains undiagnosed, but underlying causes can include thyroid disease (in dogs) or a middle/inner ear infection. Spontaneous […]

VALVULAR HEART DISEASE

Heart valves help control movement of blood through the heart; valvular heart disease can develop when heart valves are not working properly. Your veterinarian may recommend a cardiac evaluation if valvular heart disease is suspected. Most cases of valvular heart disease are treated with medication, but severely affected pets may not survive, despite medical treatment. […]