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petmd editorial updated october 14 2020 published january 24 2016 share this 5 pet travel tips to keep your dogcat safe by yahaira cespedes if your life includes pets then you know that making travel plans whether for business or pleasure includes deciding whether to take them with you or leave them in the care of a sitter or boarding facility like many pet owners youd like to take your pet with you but dont know to prepare for petfriendly travel here is a checklist of tips to run through before traveling with your pet 1 use identification tags andor microchips no matter how you choose travel…

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petmd editorial updated december 12 2019 published january 21 2016 share this reviewed and updated for accuracy on november 4 2019 by dr hanie elfenbein dvm phd think fleas are just a warmweather hazard not quite though not as prolific during the winter external parasites like fleas pose a risk to you and your pets health during every season heres why proper flea and tick prevention must be a yearround priority adult fleas are a small part of the flea life cycle fleas dont travel from place to place in search of a host theyre opportunists who find a host then hold on as long as possible but…

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monica tarantino dvm updated october 22 2020 published january 21 2016 share this dog vaccinations are essential to helping your pet live a long happy life vaccines protect pets from serious illnesses or even fatal diseases that dogs are commonly susceptible to heres what pet parents should know about which vaccines dogs need and how the dog vaccination schedule works ultimately it is important to consult with your veterinarian to identify the appropriate dog vaccination schedule specific to your pet videowistia|n5agvwggvj|true core vs noncore dog vaccinations vaccinations for pets are split…

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ashley gallagher dvm published january 21 2016 share this lyme disease was first reported in the late 1970s and despite intense research over the last several decades there is still much that is not understood about this disease we know it can cause significant disease in people and dogs but that doesnt necessarily hold true for cats to date there have been no reports of natural disease occurring in cats experimentally cats can be infected with the borrelia burgdorferi bacteria that cause lyme disease and develop joint pain and neurologic disease but this has not been documented outside of a…

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jennifer coates dvm published january 22 2016 share this i am all too familiar with hyperthyroidism it is one of the most common endocrine hormonal diseases of cats ive diagnosed many of my patients with the condition including two of my own cats first some background hyperthyroidism is a usually caused by a benign tumor within the thyroid gland that secretes large amounts of thyroid hormone one of the primary functions of this hormone is to regulate an animals metabolism cats under the influence of too much thyroid hormone have a greatly increased metabolic rate leading to the classic…

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joanne lynn intile dvm ms dacvim published january 15 2016 share this theres a specific routine we follow for each pet arriving for a chemotherapy appointment owners arrive and are greeted by a technician who will ask several questions about how their pet is doing and if any complications from a previous treatment arose if all is status quo the patient will be taken to our treatment area where their vital parameters temperature heart rate respiratory rate and body weight will be recorded and the required blood samples will be drawn and run in our laboratory i then perform a full physical exam…

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patrick mahaney vmd cva cvj published january 08 2016 share this now that youve read the integrative approach to canine cancer treatment you have a better understanding of why i choose to integrate multiple veterinary medical treatment perspectives in managing cardiffs tcell lymphoma im now going to get into more specifics of the nutraceuticals supplements herbs and foods that are part of cardiffs integrative health care plan this article will cover nutraceuticals nutraceuticals for cancer treatment nutraceuticals are food derived substances with medicinal benefits dietary supplements are…

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hector joy dvm published july 31 2020 share this howling is a form of communication and its an innate behavior that can be seen in all canine species while the most famous howling canine is the wolf its not uncommon to see dogs howling as well wolves use howling to identify themselves to other wolves to ward off intruders and to bond with other pack members domesticated canines dogs diverged genetically from wolves 20000 to 40000 years ago while dogs are different from wolves they did keep plenty of wolf behaviors including howling heres what you need to know about the evolution of dogs…

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ken tudor dvm published december 29 2015 share this you have friends over for your holiday party and your dog muffy scoots across the living room carpet leaving an odor that clears the room or worse your cat morris keeps licking his rear and when you look under his tail there is a hole next to his anus that is bleeding profusely both are experiencing a problem with anal gland health for morris the problem is more serious but in both cases it is important to remember that dogs and cats need an anal gland wellness program anal glands need to be relieved or expressed periodically to avoid…

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patrick mahaney vmd cva cvj published december 18 2015 share this i take an integrative approach to my dog cardiffs health care during both bouts of sickness and for his general wellness in 2007 cardiffs first of four episodes so far of immune mediated hemolytic anemia imha prompted me to investigate deeper into how to manage his condition besides solely using immunosuppressive drugs thats where wholefoods diet nutraceuticals supplements herbs acupuncture and other treatments come into play to help support his wholebody health and manage the side effects resulting from the medications that…

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jennifer coates dvm published december 21 2015 share this one of the saddest cases i ever dealt with as a veterinarian involved a dog who had been hit by a car while his owners were out of town initially it appeared that the dog lets call him jessie had dodged the proverbial bullet he walked into my clinic with his pet sitter looking a little sore and shaken up but otherwise okay i could not initially get in touch with his owners but they had a long history of doing what was right for their animals and i knew they would want me to do everything i could for him i gave jessie a physical exam…

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petmd editorial published december 15 2015 share this stella chewys is voluntarily recalling select lots of frozen stellas super beef dinner morsels due to potential contamination with listeria monocytogenes according to a company release on dec 10 stella chewys was notified by the michigan department of agriculture and rural development that it had issued a stop sale order on stellas super beef dinner morsels for dogs because it tested positive for listeria monocytogenes as a precautionary measure the release said the company is voluntarily recalling selected products from the affected lot…

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jennifer kvamme dvm updated february 15 2021 published december 01 2015 share this by jennifer kvamme dvm even if your dog stays close to home fleas and ticks are canny creatures and they have ways of making it into your home even with preventions in place here are just a few of those ways other pets or playmates dogs and cats love getting close to each other whether for roughhousing grooming or just simple greetings this provides fleas and ticks the perfect opportunity to seek new hosts your pet may encounter these dogs and cats and a friends house at the park or in the case of multipet…

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petmd editorial updated october 13 2020 published november 25 2015 share this pick the right vet a cheat sheet with plenty of factors to consider deciding on the right veterinarian can feel like an overwhelming process pet360 is here to help you make a confident decision with these pointers for both you and your pet weve created this cheat sheet with tips and steps to finding the right vet from factors like cost and location to going with reviews and opinions the right vet is out there for you and your beloved pet just follow this easy guide to lead you there ask around before you start…

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petmd editorial updated october 15 2020 published november 24 2015 share this decoding your dogs sleeping habits if your dog isnt begging for food scarfing down a meal or accompanying you on a walk chances are hes asleep its true after all mans best friend sleeps an average of 12 to 14 hours a day since we are often around our dogs when theyre slumbering away we cant help but be curious about their various sleeping habits and mannerisms if you feel this way youre not alone just scour the internet or social media sites for sleeping dogs and youll find all sorts of humorous photos of dogs…

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jennifer coates dvm published november 20 2015 share this spend enough time around dogs and youre bound to notice that they vomit rather frequently an occasional upchuck is simply part of being a dog their indiscriminate appetites often lead them astray with predictable results owners do not need to rush to the veterinarian every time a dog vomits many cases can be successfully treated at home with dietary therapy knowing what and when to feed is the key to success when a dog has just started vomiting you need to get a feel for just how sick he or she might be if any of the following apply to…

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jennifer coates dvm published november 13 2015 share this i just adopted a new cat our old girl victoria died a few months ago truth be told i was enjoying life without litterboxes and did not feel in need of a new feline friend but what was i to do when the perfect cat for my family needed a home minerva named after minerva mcgonagall the professor from harry potter who routinely morphs into a cat had been hanging out around a friends house for several weeks my 2yearold son and i were visiting one day when she approached us after enjoying several minutes of head butts and ridiculously loud…

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ken tudor dvm published november 10 2015 share this does the type of water bowl determine how much water cats drink if you judge by the number of fancy water bowls available online and in pet stores you would sure think so all types or circulating waterfall and freefalling selfrefilling bowls can now be found all claiming to enhance water consumption or offer some other health benefit but which is better do cats have a preference for water bowl type which type of bowl is better as mentioned in a previous post cats are thirst tolerant owing to evolution in an arid environment cats adapted to…

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joanne lynn intile dvm ms dacvim published november 11 2015 share this most owners of pets with cancer are fixated on the familiar phrase survival time the words describe the approximate length of time a pet is expected to live following its diagnosis survival time is a meaningful endpoint to measure for humans with cancer where death occurs as a natural part of disease progression in veterinary medicine survival time is a complicated marker of outcome because of the bias introduced by euthanasia i struggle with answering owners when they ask me to predict their pets survival time despite…

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jennifer coates dvm published november 09 2015 share this when i talk to owners who are concerned about the level of veterinary care their pet is receiving ill often ask have you gotten a second opinion most owners have not second opinions are an incredibly valuable and underutilized resource in veterinary medicine second opinions can either be initiated by a primary care veterinarian or by an owner if your veterinarian is recommending that your pet see another doctor for continued care do not see it as a sign of weakness no doctor can stay on top of all the different aspects of the medical…

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patrick mahaney vmd cva cvj published november 06 2015 share this now that cardiff has fully healed from the surgeries to remove his small intestinal tumor and nine skin masses its time to pursue the plan for chemotherapy this is not the first time cardiff has undergone chemotherapy as his first course involved seven months of university of wisconsonmadison canine lymphoma protocol aka chop ending in july 2014 part of me is conflicted about giving him chemotherapy again as hes essentially in remission now that his cancer has been surgically removed from his body and no other detectable traces…

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joanne lynn intile dvm ms dacvim published november 04 2015 share this during the final year of my residency in medical oncology i was required to give chemotherapy to my patients with cancer one case that stands out is a cat i treated with intralesional chemotherapy for a recurrent fibrosarcoma as a typical resident i possessed an inappropriate level of enthusiasm about this task and i asked one of my colleagues to take pictures of me performing the treatment in one picture im mixing two syringes one contains sterile sesame oil which provides a repository for the chemotherapy to remain in…

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jennifer coates dvm published october 23 2015 share this i recently wrote a post over on daily vet about sickness behaviors in animals these are a classic array of behavioral and physiological signs associated with illness including loss of appetite and reduced feed intake reduced activity and attempts to withdraw from social contact the gist of the article was that sick animals act in this way because it helps them recover from illness and we should support these behaviors rather than try to override them while sickness behaviors are generally beneficial like most things in life if taken…

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ken tudor dvm published october 20 2015 share this i am sure you have all been told that your pets dont need any supplements if they are on a commercial diet that meets aafco association of american feed control officials nutrient requirements for adequate nutrition that is probably true but who wants just adequate nutrition for their pet like ourselves we want our pets at maximum health and wellness commercial diets fall short of providing the quality that pet parents want expensive brands that add various supplements dont fill the bill either despite their marketing the companies seldom…

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jessica vogelsang dvm updated january 20 2021 published october 14 2015 share this there are two views about a doctors role in death in our country and they couldnt be more diametrically opposed if you are an md you live and work in a world where natural death is the norm assisted suicide is still an option in its infancy legal in only four states up to this week when california became the fifth the role of the doctor is to preserve life at all cost even some might say at the expense of its quality helping a patient end his or her life is many say cruel and unnatural but as a veterinarian…