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Hospira Recalls Single Lot of Bupivacaine HCl Injection

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Hospira, Inc., a provider of injectable drugs and infusion technologies located in Lake Forest, Ill., has issued a voluntary recall of one lot of Preservative-Free Bupivacaine HCl Injection due to possible contamination with iron oxide. The...

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Nylabone Recalls Select Puppy Starter Kit Dog Chews

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TFH Publications, Inc./Nylabone Products, a New Jersey-based company, has recalled a single lot of its Puppy Starter Kit dog chews because of potential Salmonella contamination. The recalled Nylabone Puppy Starter Kit, which consists...

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Pot and Pets - What Vets Are Seeing in Colorado

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I am writing this on what has become a popular (unofficial) holiday here in Colorado – 4/20 – a day that celebrates marijuana and everything associated with it. I thought I’d take the opportunity to talk about what we’ve...

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The Truth About Pet Food Research

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About one year after I graduated vet school, I took routine screening chest radiographs of my senior Golden, Mulan. I looked them over, frowning at a small, mottled spot near her sternum. “She has cancer,” I thought. It’s...

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Is the Powassan Virus a Threat to Pets?

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By Jennifer Coates, DVM Powassan virus has garnered the attention of people living in the northeastern and Great Lakes regions of the United States, not because it is all that common but because it can cause a potentially devastating...

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Mother’s Day Printable Cards From Your Pet

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Celebrate Mother's Day with these adorable printable Mother’s Day cards from your furry-kid. Each card is available in both cat and dog versions, plus choose from either funny or sentimental. Browse our gallery and print...

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5. Pressure Sores

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Pressure sores, also called bedsores or decubital ulcers, are localized injuries where the dog’s elbows or other bony pressure points (hips, hocks, etc.) come into contact with hard surfaces regularly. This constant pressure and friction...

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4. Genetics

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There are some breeds of dog that are more genetically prone to baldness than others. First there are the hairless dogs that have been bred for the attribute such as the Chinese Crested, Mexican Hairless (Xolo), and American Hairless Terrier....

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3. Cushing's Disease

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Hyperadrenocorticism, also known as Cushing's disease, is a condition caused by the prolonged exposure of the body’s tissue to excessive levels of the hormone cortisol. Symptoms of Cushing’s disease include hair loss, darkening...

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2. Infection or Infestation

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An infestation with parasites such as fleas, ticks, and mites (scabies, mange) is another source canine alopecia. Along with hair loss around the ears, eyes, abdomen, and chest, signs your dog may have mites or fleas/ticks include inflammation,...

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1. Allergies

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Allergies are a frequent cause of hair loss in dogs. This may due to environmental triggers such as pollen, molds and dust mites, or due to parasitic triggers like fleas or mites. Food allergies are another possible cause of hair loss. Typical...

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What’s Causing the Dog Hair Loss?

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Seeing a dog lose his or her hair can be disconcerting to witness. However, what’s most important when dealing with alopecia, as it is referred to medically, is identifying the underlying cause of the hair loss in order to devise an appropriate...

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5 Common Causes of Hair Loss in Dogs

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Here are five common culprits of hair loss in dogs that should be discussed with your veterinarian.

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7. Flies

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Like fleas and ants, fly bites tend to cause pain and swelling but typically do not have significant whole-body effects. A fly can land anywhere on your pet, so fly bites have no specific location where they occur. Newborn, geriatric, and mobility-compromised...

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6. Ants

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Ant bites also cause localized pain and swelling but typically do not have significant whole-body effects. Ants crawl on animals at the contact point between a body part and the ground, so standing pets get bitten on their feet and lounging...

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5. Bees, Hornets & Wasps

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Like mosquitoes, the sting of a bee, hornet, or wasp, tends to be localized to the point of entry into the skin and can occur anywhere on the body. However, the sting from these insects causes significant pain that can lead to sudden onset vocalization,...

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4. Mosquitoes

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Pets feel the sensation of a mosquito bite penetrating the skin, so sudden licking, chewing, or scratching directly at the bite site commonly occurs. All body surfaces are prone to mosquito bites, but larger surface areas (back, flanks, etc.)...

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3. Mites

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Mites like mange (Sarcoptes, Demodex, etc.) are microscopic insects that burrow deep into the layers of the skin to feed and live. Chewing their way through your pet’s skin creates inflammation and leads to secondary infections (bacteria,...

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2. Ticks

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Ticks opportunistically latch onto fur of animals that brush against a blade of grass, leaf, branch, ground, or other environmental surfaces. Ticks are slow moving creatures that crawl across the skin surface until they find a suitable location...

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1. Fleas

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Fleas are bloodthirsty insects that leap onto our pets’ bodies and zoom across the skin surface. The head, neck, groin, perineum (area around the anus) and tail base are common locations where fleas congregate, bite, and irritate the skin....

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Bug Bite Pictures

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By Patrick Mahaney, VMD Bug bites and stings are common occurrences faced by all pet owners. Just as numerous are the types of bugs that go after our beloved dogs and cats. That’s why recognizing, treating, and preventing bug bites...

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7 Common Bug Bites on Dogs and Cats

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Recognizing, treating, and preventing bug bites is essential for all pet parents. Here are a few of the most common bug bites to look out for.

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Is Rolling in the Grass Dangerous?

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It's not the grass that is dangerous; it's all the hidden stuff that's in the grass which poses a risk. Some lawns are treated are treated with fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides that may have active ingredients which are poisonous...

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4. Obsessive Behavior

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A constant need to roll in the grass could be a sign of an obsessive compulsive disorder. The solution? According to the late Dr. Sofia Yin, veterinarian and animal behaviorist, it’s important to keep your eyes open for things that excite...

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3. Alleviating a Bad Itch

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Your dog's need for rolling in the grass may also be an indication of a health issue that is causing itching. This may include such issues as skin allergies or flea and tick bites. Have your dog examined by a veterinarian to identify the...

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Nutrition Questions
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Q. My pet is overweight, what should I look for in a food?

A. There are many therapeutic food options available. These foods have been formulated...

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Q. How does Hill's Metabolic Advance weight solution food work?

A. Hill's Pet Nutrition uses the most advanced technologies to understand how nutrients...

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Q. My cat will not eat the renal food my veterinarian recommended, can I feed a grocery store food?

A. Your veterinarian recommended a therapeutic kidney diet because it has ingredients...

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