Letting Go

Letting Go

“Is it okay to let her go?” It was a warm Monday and an acquaintance had called me for a second opinion on her 9 year old dog “Emma” that was limping.  I added her on, suspecting osteoarthritis, a torn toenail or ligament, or a muscle sprain.  When I walked into the...

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Disaster Preparation Tips for Pet Owners

Disaster Preparation Tips for Pet Owners

Every year, natural disasters and other emergencies, such as fires, threaten the homes and lives of thousands, if not millions, of people, as well as their beloved pets. As a responsible pet owner, you’ll want to do everything you can to keep your furry friend safe...

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Spotlight on Service Dog Contributions

Spotlight on Service Dog Contributions

We have a tremendous respect for service dogs. From terriers and cocker spaniels to golden retrievers and German shepherds, these remarkable canines have helped many people enjoy more rewarding lives. Although the dogs’ tasks vary, they all stay calm and focused...

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Cruciate Ligament Injury

Cruciate Ligament Injury

My dog ruptured what?? – Torn Cruciate Ligaments The most common cause of sudden lameness in dogs is a torn cruciate ligament – so chances are, you know of someone, whose dog who has had a “cruciate”.  Several ligaments tie together the 6 bones of the stifle (knee)...

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Warning Signs of Heat Stroke in Cats

Warning Signs of Heat Stroke in Cats

Many of us look forward to summer and all the fun activities it offers, such as swimming, grilling, and camping. Kitties certainly enjoy napping in sunbeams, but summer’s heat can be very dangerous for our feline friends. Cats don’t have many options when it comes to...

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Rabies Vaccines for Indoor Cats

Rabies Vaccines for Indoor Cats

Why does my cat need a rabies vaccination? She never goes outside! An incorrect comment that I hear frequently, is “my cat only stays inside, she doesn’t need shots.”  Today I would like to focus on one of those “shots”, the rabies vaccination.  Rabies is a virus...

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Take a Fun “Staycation” With Your Dog

Take a Fun “Staycation” With Your Dog

Perhaps you’re planning a different type of vacation this year. You may have enjoyed the balmy beach, the frosty ski slopes, or an energizing weeklong cruise in the past. However, this year brings special circumstances, so you’ll be sticking close to home. But here’s...

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Fluffy’s First Trip to the Vet

Fluffy’s First Trip to the Vet

Are you going to be bringing a new kitten into your home soon? Congratulations! You are certainly in for plenty of adorable moments as your furry new friend learns the do’s and don’ts of being a housecat. As a responsible pet owner, you’ll need to be sure that your...

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Why Do We Use Heartworm Prevention?

Why Do We Use Heartworm Prevention?

What is heartworm and why does my vet recommend testing and preventatives for it? April is heartworm prevention month. Heartworm disease is a potentially fatal disease in pets that is transmitted by the bite of mosquitoes and leads to heart failure, significant lung...

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