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petmd editorial updated october 13 2020 published may 17 2013 share this there is reason to hope the initial shock of hearing the diagnosis of cancer in your pet has subsided but your fear may still be at the forefront yes cancer can be scary but medical advances in surgical medical and radiation oncology have made it so that cancer is no longer a death sentence for pets to help ease your fears you will need more information which means making a list of questions for your veterinarian veterinary oncologist dr joanne intile shares the five most common questions she gets from owners 1 what…

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jennifer coates dvm published may 17 2013 share this how do you feed your cat is it the same thing day in and day out or do you spice it up a little and offer different foods from time to time there is no right answer to this question as with most aspects of cat care it depends on the individual some cats definitely do better when they eat the same thing every day reasons can vary from dietresponsive health problems like inflammatory bowel disease or food allergies to a more generic sensitive stomach that rebels to change to extreme finickiness if your cat is thriving on a nutritionally…

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jennifer coates dvm updated march 17 2015 published may 09 2013 share this when i was on vacation a couple of months ago i posted a link to an article entitled why small pups outlive large dog breeds fully vetted reader 3dogs1cat great handle asked for more information when the research was published in the april 2013 issue of american naturalist here it is a 70 kg great dane has an average lifespan of about 7 years whereas a 4 kg toy poodle can expect to enjoy a lifespan of about 14 years this wellknown pattern poses a conundrum for evolutionary biologists across species large mammals live…

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patrick mahaney vmd cva cvj updated january 22 2014 published may 07 2013 share this cancer is a disease that we veterinarians are diagnosing more frequently in pets according to the morris animal foundation 1 in 2 dogs will develop cancer and 1 in 4 dogs will die of the disease as there is no guarantee for a cure we should strive to prevent our pets from developing cancer in the first place yet as cancer is a complicated disease of the immune system involving excessive growth of cells that have altered dna the origins of the disease never have a singular or finite cause therefore there is…

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jennifer coates dvm updated may 23 2019 published may 02 2013 share this reviewed and updated for accuracy on may 23 2019 by dr jennifer coates dvm has your older small breed dog been diagnosed with a new heart murmur if so myxomatous mitral valve degeneration mmvd is likely to blame as the american college of veterinary internal medicine says mmvd is the most common acquired type of heart disease and cause of new murmurs in older dogs the condition is sometimes also called endocardiosis or degenerative mitral valve disease to understand the effect that this condition has on dogs and how it…

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joanne lynn intile dvm ms dacvim published january 23 2013 share this imagine taking your dog for his usual morning walk nothing seems out of the ordinary your companions energy level and demeanor is perfectly normal as its been for as long as you can remember imagine leaving for work or to run errands for a few hours and returning home to find your pet completely lethargic and unable to rise breathing shallow rapid breaths with a distended abdomen pale gums and an exceedingly rapid heart rate imaging rushing to the nearest open veterinary hospital and within moments of arriving hearing the…

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petmd editorial updated october 16 2020 published january 16 2013 share this battling the bulge obesity is a growing problem in our feline population in fact over 50 of cats seen by veterinarians are judged to be either overweight or obese however with the proper diet feeding schedule and exercise regime this does not have to be so for your cat here are a few ways to begin choose the best cat food many factors need to be taken into account when choosing the proper food for your cat it is important that the diet you choose be balanced and complete it is also best to choose a food that is…

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patrick mahaney vmd cva cvj updated october 29 2014 published january 15 2013 share this the influenza virus has come out in full force this year and sickened people from coasttocoast the 20122013 influenza is considered an epidemic as infections have caused thousands to seek medical care and even caused a concerning number of deaths the cdcs situation update summary of weekly fluview reports the united states is having an early flu season with most of the country now experiencing high levels of influenzalikeillness ili since october 1 2012 3710 laboratoryconfirmed influenzaassociated…

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petmd editorial updated october 13 2020 published january 10 2013 share this the everyday medications that keep our dogs healthy there once was a time that when dogs got sick they either got better or they didnt thankfully things have changed we now have countless ways to treat our dogs when they are ill the following are some of the more common prescription drugs used to treat dogs today and only when under the direct supervision of a veterinarian 1 antibiotics antibiotics such as metronidazole and doxycycline are frequently prescribed to dogs fighting bacterial infections 2 antiparasitics…

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jennifer coates dvm updated january 07 2013 published january 09 2012 share this in 2012 the american association of feline practitioners aafp and international society of feline medicine isfm released felinefriendly nursing care guidelines for veterinarians and veterinary support staff as a part of that effort they have also put together a pamphlet for owners entitled nursing care for your cat practical tips for pet owners it contains a lot of good information i want to share with you a few of its most helpful tips on the topic of reducing the stress of veterinary visits if your cat is…

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petmd editorial updated june 10 2016 published january 04 2013 share this by amanda baltazar many of us are guilty of providing our dogs with more pet treats than they can chew but too much snacking while seemingly pleasant for our dogs may not be the best thing for their health in fact an overly fed pet can quickly develop heart disease arthritis obesity stroke or even cancer heres how to best treat your dog without spoiling his health 1 treat your dog without food there are many ways to do this says dr kendra pope dvm cva cvch cvft cvtp a veterinarian with st francis veterinary center in…

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jennifer coates dvm updated january 22 2014 published january 04 2013 share this should i feed wet or dry food doc thats one of the most common questions i get from cat owners i usually reply if possible both i base my recommendation on the fact that cats tend to form early and strong opinions regarding what they will and will not eat and that by offering both owners can keep all their options open it turns out that my recommendation is essentially right but for more important reasons than ive been citing research published in the journal of comparative physiology b illustrates why here are a…

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jennifer coates dvm updated september 30 2013 published july 16 2013 share this today we are going to tackle vaccinating for three respiratory pathogens as a group canine adenovirus type 2 cav2 parainfluenza virus pi and bordetella bronchiseptica bb i consider all of these vaccines to be situational in other words some dogs need them others do not and deciding who gets them is based on the individuals lifestyle if you are paying close attention to this series you may have noticed that cav2 was also discussed in the post on essential vaccines let me clarify cav2 vaccines that are injected…

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petmd editorial updated april 04 2017 published july 12 2013 share this by carol bryant travel time for the holidays and year round need not be a stressful time if the family pet is going along for the ride in fact the experience can be quite enjoyable and memorable for you your loved ones and your canine sidekick having traveled lifes highways and biways with my dogs for 20 years ive learned a few tricks and tips along the way to make the journey a smoother one as you buckle up for your next fidofriendly trip here are some insider tips to make the excursion a pleasant and stressfree one the…

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jennifer coates dvm published july 09 2013 share this next up in our canine vaccination series leptospirosis lepto for short this vaccine falls under the situational category meaning that some dogs should receive it while others should not the determination is based on a riskbenefit analysis that looks at the dogs lifestyle and health history first a bit of background on the disease it is caused by infection with bacteria from the genus leptospira dogs typically develop lepto after having contact with the urine of an infected animal or when they wadeswim in bodies of water contaminated with…

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lorie huston dvm updated august 19 2016 published july 08 2013 share this feline infectious peritonitis or fip is a particularly heartbreaking disease it occurs most often in kittens and is considered an incurable and fatal disease weve talked before about how fip develops and even about a drug polyprenyl immunostimulant pi that has prolonged the life of some cats with the dry form of the disease to recap what we know about fip the disease is believed to be caused by a mutation in a ubiquitous and usually relatively benign virus known as the feline enteric coronavirus fecv this nonmutated…

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jennifer coates dvm published july 08 2013 share this my life is ruled by animals my career has been dedicated to them and my personal life at times has been overwhelmed by them sometimes i wonder why what is it about animals that i and i suspect many of you find so endearing and frankly essential to a life fully lived why do we invite the inconvenience expense mess and the inevitable heartbreak into our lives i could attempt to find worlds to explain the reasons but im afraid i simply dont have the literary skills to do the topic justice instead lets take a look at what some of the worlds…

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jennifer coates dvm updated september 14 2015 published july 05 2013 share this what do you think of the saying starve a fever feed a cold on one level it makes sense the fever in this case is indicative of an infection that is provoking a generalized immune response fighting the infection needs to be the bodys focus not obtaining digesting and absorbing food all of which requires the expenditure of energy and other resources on the other hand the fever itself increases the dogs caloric and other nutritional requirements so given enough time not eating is going to take a toll on the bodys…

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petmd editorial published june 26 2013 share this robert abady dog and cat food corporation has issued a voluntary recall for two of their limited specialty products due to potential salmonella contamination the following products are included in the recall abady frozen high stresshigh performance dog food 3 lbs abady frozen growth formula for puppies of the large giant breed 31bs according to a letter issued by the robert abady dog and cat food corporation the decision was made due to a positive salmonella test result in a test performed by the fda all products have since been removed from…

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jennifer coates dvm updated may 02 2014 published june 26 2013 share this most owners will either switch to a palliative model of care or elect euthanasia when or before their pets condition reaches this point and there is nothing wrong with that decision another option does exist however just as is the case in human medicine once standard treatment options are no longer applicable veterinary cancer patients can access clinical trials some participants in a clinical trial receive a form of treatment that has not yet been shown to be beneficial while others receive either standard therapies or…

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petmd editorial published june 18 2013 share this natura pet has issued a voluntary recall for dry pet food along with biscuit bar and treat products for the following brands with expiration dates prior to june 10 2014 karma dry dog food recalled california natural dry pet food biscuit bar and treat products recalled healthwise dry dog and cat food recalled innova dry pet food biscuit bar and treat products recalled evo dry pet food biscuit bar and treat products recalled mother nature pet food biscuit bar and treat products recalled canned products have not been affected by this recall for…

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petmd editorial updated january 30 2018 published august 09 2013 share this first it was the wildly successful grumpy cat internet meme then came the facebook page then grumpy cat hired attorneys or at least her people did and filed for trademark and copyright protection next came the grumpy cat movie announcement of course whats only natural to follow all of that is grumpy cats own brand of coffee yes you heard that right the grumpy cat brand of coffee called grumpy cat grumppuccino will be available for sale this wednesday august 7 according to the website the coffee will be available in…

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ken tudor dvm updated march 14 2017 published august 08 2013 share this fish oil is probably the most common supplement added to the pet diet this is not without good reason growing numbers of studies confirm that the antiinflammatory effect of omega3 fats in fish oil has a beneficial effect in treating a host of abnormalities in pets research confirming these same effects abound in the human literature now treatment for cancer joint heart kidney skin and intestinal problems as well as geriatric dementia often include generous amounts of fish oil and its abundant dha and epa omega3 fatty…

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petmd editorial updated october 13 2020 published august 02 2013 share this preparing for a good birthday by jessica remitz preparing yourself and your pregnant pup for the birth of puppies can be a daunting and potentially exhausting process especially if it is your first time whelping here are some essential items to have on hand and tips from lisa peterson a spokesperson for the american kennel club to help your dog have a successful and safe delivery monitoring your dogs health before birth prior to the birth of her puppies your dog will need regular veterinary care as well as a…

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lorie huston dvm updated march 16 2016 published august 05 2013 share this there are lots of reasons you may desire or even need to change your cats food your cat may have developed a medical problem for which a special diet is recommended you may not be able to obtain the food your cat has been eating any longer or you may simply want to change your cat to a higher quality food there are lots of reasons you may desire or even need to change your cats food your cat may have developed a medical problem for which a special diet is recommended you may not be able to obtain the food your cat has…