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anna obrien dvm updated march 16 2016 published march 02 2012 share this abscess in horses an abscess is an accumulation of pus dead white blood cells that forms a lump internally or externally on your horses body it occurs as a result of an infection as the white blood cells assemble to fight off a foreign antigen then subsequently die becoming walled off in a capsule as the body attempts to isolate the infection this lump is usually accompanied by inflammation and can be painful due to the buildup of pressure as time passes the abscess can rupture releasing pus symptoms and types slight…

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jennifer coates dvm published february 11 2021 share this for people homemade meals are almost always healthier than what you can buy readytoeat from the store it stands to reason that the same would be true for our feline friends right not necessarily its a good idea to learn all that is involved in making nutritionally complete and balanced cat food before you rush out and buy a bunch of ingredients the process may not be as simple as you imagine heres what you need to know about homemade cat food is homemade cat food better than commercial diets making your cats food at home does offer…

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heather newett mph dvm published january 28 2021 share this our feline friends hide disease and injury incredibly well so cat parents should be aware of subtle signs of illness as a cat parent you need to pay attention to your cats circadian rhythms energy levels eating and drinking interest and urination and defecation habits when it comes to defecation consistency color and frequency are factors that you should pay close attention toeven if it feels slightly awkward to bring up your veterinarian wants to hear about your pets poop and if your cat has diarrhea you should definitely take…

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laci schaible dvm msl cvj updated november 30 2020 published september 20 2019 share this heartworm disease is a very serious and real concern for pet parents with canine heartworm infections being reported in all 50 states in the us heartworm prevention is essential however despite the widespread availability of heartworm preventatives the rate of dogs infected with heartworm disease has increased and the use of heartworm preventatives has declined simply forgetting to give your dog these monthly preventatives is the primary factor that contributes to the increase in heartworm cases…

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laci schaible dvm msl cvj updated january 19 2021 published september 17 2019 share this that sneezing wheezing congested itchy eye mustescapethisroombecauseicantbreathearoundthiscat feeling can ruin even the best of daysespecially if you are a cat lover but now you might be able to avoid the allergies altogether instead of avoiding the furry feline you read that right there have been some very promising scientific breakthroughs that can help alleviate the symptoms of cat allergies altogether breathing comfortably without red itchy eyes could become the norm for allergy sufferers and we arent…

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petmd editorial updated november 25 2020 published september 13 2019 share this while euthanasia is the kindest thing we can do for pets that are suffering every pet parent wants to be assured that they are doing it at the right time and since cats are notorious for hiding their pain and discomfort it becomes even more difficult to decipher their level of pain and comfort this quality of life scale was specifically created to help cat owners navigate the difficult path of endoflife care so that they can make the best decisions for their feline family members originally called the hhhhhmm…

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jennifer coates dvm updated july 23 2020 published september 09 2019 share this cbd has taken the pet world by storm however scientific research on the impacts of cbd on dogs and cats is still in its infancyespecially for cats lets look at what cat parents should consider before giving their cats cbd oil or cbd cat treats what is cbd cbd stands for cannabidiol and its the second most common active ingredient found in the cannabis plant while cbd is present in all cannabis plants its primarily derived from the hemp plantwhich a recent study defines as cannabis sativa with a total thc…

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petmd editorial published september 05 2019 share this company dog goods usa llc brand name chef toby recall date 8162019 product chef toby pig ears treats product lot codes 428590 278989 087148 224208 1168723 428590 222999 074599 1124053 226884 578867 224897 1234750 444525 1106709 215812 230273 224970 585246 327901 052248 210393 217664 331199 225399 867680 050273 881224 424223 225979 431724 226340 880207 334498 reason for recall dog goods usa llc to conduct a voluntary recall of chef toby pig ears treats because of possible salmonella health risk dog goods bought the products from a single…

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natalie stilwell dvm ms phd updated december 09 2020 published august 28 2019 share this when gathering with loved ones to celebrate the holidays for many of us it seems natural to want to include our pets in our holiday traditions as well while its important for our pets to be part of the family this shouldnt include sharing in the holiday feast sharing your table scraps with your cat can lead to a number of health issues including obesity and pancreatitis dangerous human foods for cats during the holidays videowistia|dd85380h5a|true holiday dishes in particular feature foods that are…

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petmd editorial updated december 20 2016 published july 17 2008 share this dermatophilosis in dogs dermatophilosis is a skin disease that is irrespective of the age or gender of the animal although the symptoms may vary it is most often contracted from farm animals such as cows sheep or horses and is prevelant in warm or humid climates dogs with wet skin or skin that is wounded from parasitic bites such as from fleas or ticks increases the chances of contracting the skin disease the condition or disease described in this medical article can affect both dogs and cats if you would like to learn…

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petmd editorial updated august 31 2020 published august 08 2019 share this reviewed for accuracy on august 8 2019 by dr jennifer coates dvm if your dog is suffering from mild to moderate anxiety it may be worth discussing overthecounter otc options with your veterinarian some natural remedies for dog anxiety include nutritional supplements homeopathic treatments pheromones and calming aids that you can try to help reduce your dogs stress heres a breakdown of otc dog anxiety treatments you can discuss with your veterinarian calming supplements for dogs anxiety supplements for dogs are most…

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natalie stilwell dvm ms phd updated july 09 2020 published july 22 2019 share this flea and heartworm prevention are two important components of ensuring your dogs lifelong health fleas can cause skin allergies transmit tapeworm infection and infest the home environment while heartworms can cause serious damage to a pets heart and lungs the companion animal parasite council recommends yearround prevention of both heartworms and fleas for dogs throughout the united states even in northern areas currently there are three allinone heartworm and flea pills for dogs so how do you decide which is…

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petmd editorial updated october 18 2018 published july 17 2008 share this chlamydiosis in cats chlamydiosis refers to a bacteria based chronic respiratory infection caused by the chlamydia psittaci bacterium cats that have developed this infection will often exhibit traditional signs of an upper respiratory infection such as watery eyes runny nose and sneezing with treatment the prognosis is positive symptoms and types chlamydiosis infection affects the respiratory system the eyes the gastrointestinal system and the reproduction systems of animals cats experience standard upper respiratory…

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katy nelson dvm updated may 13 2020 published april 27 2020 share this last updated 513 weve all been glued to the news watching the number of covid19 cases around the world grow exponentially weve seen extraordinary acts of bravery and kindness from first responders retired healthcare workers veterinarians truck drivers grocery store personnel restaurant workers and numerous others considered to be essential weve also seen vulnerability from seemingly invincible people companies and countries its no doubt rocked us to our core and as pet owners we have the extra worry of caring for our pets…

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sandra c mitchell dvm dabvp updated april 29 2021 published april 07 2020 share this fleas can be very hard to spot on cats cats are very diligent groomers so you often dont see any evidence of the flea infestation its actually pretty common for cats to come in for a vet visit with scabs down their back and no sign of fleas in these cases a flea infestation is typically the underlying problem for many cats the name of the game when it comes to fleas is subtlety if youre thinking your cat cant have fleas because they dont go outside youll be surprised to know that even indooronly cats can get…

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jennifer coates dvm published march 24 2020 share this when you or a family member have mild to moderate pain associated with a headache arthritis or a muscle strain do you reach for ibuprofen a lot of people doits relatively safe inexpensive and available almost everywhere but what should you do when their dog is in pain its natural to wonder if its safe to give dogs ibuprofen heres an explanation of ibuprofen and why you should never give it to your dog without talking with a veterinarian what is ibuprofen ibuprofen is the generic name for a particular type of nonsteroidal antiinflammatory…

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monica tarantino dvm updated april 02 2020 published february 24 2020 share this cats use dozens of different meows to communicate but did you know that the majority of cat communication from one cat to another is through body language and scents in fact cats rarely meow to each other but will often meow to humans why is that what are cats trying to tell us when they meow cats meow to communicate with people why is it that cats meow to communicate to humans well we are not always perceptive enough to read a cats body language and our sense of smell is not sensitive enough to pick up on their…

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petmd editorial updated march 16 2016 published july 17 2008 share this hiatal hernia a hernia is most likely to occur in puppies less than a year old and is usually inherited congenital however trauma may also bring on an acquired hiatal hernia and this can occur at any age a hernia occurs when one part of the body protrudes through a gap or opening into another part a hiatal hernia specifically takes place at the opening of the diaphragm where the food pipe joins the stomach part of the stomach pushes through the opening and a hernia is formed although this can occur in any breed or age and…

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monica tarantino dvm updated november 30 2020 published january 08 2020 share this recent research shows that the domesticating of dogs began between 2000040000 years ago in that period of time dogs have learned how to understand large vocabularies compound sentences and upwards of 1000 words if trained properly like us dogs use verbal and nonverbal cues to communicate for dogs barking is a completely normal behaviorits one of the most effective ways dogs know how to communicate with their owners they use barking to communicate a variety of feelings so in order to fully understand what a dog…

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natalie stilwell dvm ms phd updated october 20 2020 published december 10 2019 share this gastrointestinal gi upset or digestive issues are not uncommon in dogs signs such as intermittent vomiting loose stools and excessive gas can be caused by a variety of things some dogs develop digestive issues because their diet either contains too much fat or lacks sufficient fiber in other cases digestive issues may signal the presence of an underlying disorder such as pancreatitis bacterial overgrowth or intestinal parasites every dog has individual needs which means that the perfect diet for one…

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jennifer coates dvm updated january 19 2021 published december 04 2019 share this whether your veterinarian has told you that your cat needs a teeth cleaning or you are just being proactive about your cats oral health you have probably wondered whats involved in the procedure and how much its going to set you back heres a complete guide on everything you need to know about veterinary cat dental cleanings why should you set money aside for professional cat dental cleanings research has shown that the benefits of caring for our pets teeth go far beyond a bright smile and fresh breath…

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petmd editorial published april 17 2019 share this if youre reading this you probably love animals and you might have said at some point as a kid i should be a vet many children as well as plenty of adults are sure that being a veterinarianspending each day helping and healing animalswould be more magnificent than even winning the lottery but the requirements for being a veterinarian go way beyond having boundless puppy or parrot love from completing undergraduate and graduate veterinary training to building courage and emotional strength there is much more to becoming a veterinarian than…

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petmd editorial published april 09 2019 share this perhaps the most challenging part of maintaining aquaria whether freshwater brackish or marine is controlling nuisance algae growth it seems the stuff just spontaneously generates if you make one wrong move such as overfeeding the fish skimping on a water change or slacking on replacing chemical filtrants algae cannot simply grow from nothing yes being capable of photosynthesis they certainly do obtain their energy from light but like any plant they must obtain the basic building blocks of their biomass from their surrounding environment in…

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sarah wooten dvm updated february 10 2021 published april 04 2019 share this lets face it easter chicks are adorable there is something about that tiny fluffy peeping magical creature that just begs you to buy her and give her as a gift to someone you love i get it even though the few moments of bliss to be had cuddling a baby chicken are straightup heaven the question begs to be asked is it a good idea to buy a baby chicken for easter this vet says probably not many chicks that are purchased at easter end up being surrendered local humane societies can become inundated with easter chicks…

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petmd editorial published march 29 2019 share this company nestle purina brand name purina muse recall date 3292019 product muse in gravy natural chicken recipe in 3 oz cans upc 3810017199 lot number 8094116210 lot number 8094116209 product muse in gravy 6ct mixed variety pack upc 3810017780 lot number 8094179001 only the natural chicken recipe is affected in these variety packs reason for recall purina is recalling a limited number of lots of muse in gravy wet cat food out of an abundance of caution due to a pontential risk of their contaimination with rubber pieces the product could…