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patrick mahaney vmd cva cvj published july 31 2015 share this if you have previously been a reader of my contributions to petmds the daily vet you will remember that ive written extensively about my dog cardiffs journey through some commonly fatal illnesses over his 10 years of life cardiff is a neutered male welsh terrier who has overcome great odds to reach his 10 year milestone while maintaining a good quality of life considering the cards hes been dealt by his genetics theres never been a time during his illnesses where i feel treatment shouldnt be pursued as a result of cardiffs quality…

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petmd editorial published july 21 2015 share this according to new research from the university of canberras institute for applied ecology australias bearded dragon lizards are perhaps the ultimate chameleons instead of changing color however these lizards are changing gender published in the journal nature the study reveals climate changes specifically warm temperatures are causing male lizards to transition into female lizards while in the womb the idea that reptiles are sensitive to temperature change and the relationship between warm temperatures and reptilian gender has been around…

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joanne lynn intile dvm ms dacvim published july 15 2015 share this i regularly face owners who decide not to pursue therapy for pets that have what are considered treatable cancers the reasons for this choice can stem from concerns for too many vet visits too much strain for the pet to go through projection of their own feelings about cancer treatments on their pets or financial limitations over the course of my career it hasnt become any easier to be on the receiving end of those appointments i want to help all pets with cancer and i want all animals to be afforded the opportunity to undergo…

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petmd editorial published july 14 2015 share this carnivore meat company llc a green bay wisconsin based pet food manufacturer has issued a voluntary recall of select products and lots of carnivore vital essentials frozen beef tripe patties and nibblets because they have the potential to be contaminated with listeriamonocytogenes the lots involved in this voluntary recall are vital essentials frozen beef tripe patties upc 33211 00809 lot 10930 best by date 20160210 vital essentials frozen beef tripe nibblets upc 33211 00904 lot 10719 best by date 12022015 the best by date code and lot is…

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jennifer coates dvm published july 06 2015 share this if young cats can avoid injury or infectious disease they usually only see the veterinarian for preventive care one condition that bucks this trend is called the nasopharyngeal polyp polyps are benign masses of tissue that can form in many places throughout the body in this case the descriptor nasopharyngeal is a bit confusing because these masses generally do not originate in the nasopharynx the area within the throat that lies behind the nasal cavities and above the soft palate but from the eustachian tubes connecting the middle ear to…

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petmd editorial updated january 31 2018 published june 23 2015 share this by deidre grieves ronald aaron and his dog shadow have been living on the streets near hallandale beach florida for the past two years after his divorce and the loss of his job in hotel management the 62yearold man couldnt make ends meet and was forced into homelessness aaron tried to find lodging in local shelters but none would allow him to bring shadow the 12yearold dog is aarons lifelong companion the two have been together since shadow was a puppy since aaron refused to give his senior dog up to the shelter system…

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petmd editorial updated october 13 2020 published june 23 2015 share this reptile terrarium checklist setting up a terrarium properly is one of the most important things you can do to care for a reptile an inappropriate habitat can lead to serious side effects for your reptile including death here are 7 mustbuy supplies for a reptile terrarium 1 terrarium of course no terrarium is complete without the actual enclosure however choosing a terrarium thats the right size and shape is vital there are two common terrarium shapes long and tall as a general rule landdwelling reptiles feel most at…

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petmd editorial updated july 31 2015 published june 23 2015 share this boulder dog food company llc recalled ten 3ouncebags of chicken sprinkles dog treats due to a positive test for salmonella contamination this recall is limited to chicken sprinkles treats with a best by date of 050416 lot number 998 and a upc code of 899883001231 the product is in a clear plastic bag with the upc code located in the lower right hand corner of the product label on the front of the bag the best by date and lot lumber are on a label on the reverse side of the bag the recall is a result of a routine sampling…

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jennifer coates dvm updated february 10 2021 published june 22 2015 share this by dr jennifer coates dvm if your cat has been diagnosed with hematuria blood in the urine this is what you can expect to happen next medication your veterinarian may prescribe any of a number of medications eg antibiotics or urinary acidifiers depending on the underlying cause of your cats hematuria surgery surgical procedures like those that remove bladder stones may be necessary in some cases diet special diets may be prescribed particularly if your cat has bladder stones increasing water consumption is an…

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ken tudor dvm published june 23 2015 share this i have noticed in my 32 years of veterinary practice that large breed dogs especially german shepherds have larger and more frequent watery stools and digestive problems with commercial dog food owners and their veterinarians often observe the same problem as it turns out there are anatomical and physiological reasons for this the digestive tract of large dogs functions differently than smaller dogs creating this problem veterinary researchers from france presented their findings during a lecture i attended at the american college of veterinary…

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petmd editorial updated april 06 2020 published june 10 2015 share this by andrew daniels just like you your dog may not be getting all the necessary nutrition he needs from eating his regular diet while standard dog food can certainly come packed with plenty of essential nutrients you can supplement your dogs dietary regimen with certain healthy oilsjam packed with omega3 and omega6 fatty acidsto promote optimum heath in this simple guide well show you how to pick these natural oils for dogs and offer best practices and feeding tips what are the healthiest oils for dogs fish oil fish oil…

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jennifer coates dvm published june 05 2015 share this one of the first things that people notice about dogs is the condition of their skin and coat this isnt too surprising since the exterior of a dog is out there for all the world to see and touch some skin conditions require medical intervention to resolve but if you simply want to maximize that glow of good health diet can play a significant role in maintaining the look you want for your dog when picking out a dog food with an eye towards skin and coat health i primarily look at two nutrients protein research has shown that around 2530 of…

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jennifer coates dvm published june 01 2015 share this i had to euthanize my cat victoria over the weekend i thought i would share her story as a form of eulogy and to once again illustrate that even when the decision to euthanize is obviously correct it is never easy i adopted vicky in the summer of 1998 at the beginning of my senior year in veterinary school i was doing a three week rotation at a nonprofit veterinary hospitalanimal shelter in washington dc my mentor told me that all i needed to do to pass that rotation was to adopt one of their animals he was kidding but nonetheless i left…

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petmd editorial updated february 11 2019 published may 28 2015 share this by andrew daniels turtles may not be as cuddly as cats and dogs but they make fantastic pets for other reasons theyre fun to care for mesmerizing to observe and theyve been around since prehistoric times best of all theyre relatively lowmaintenancejust as long as you make sure to give them the right foods and keep their habitats clean what a turtle can eat depends on its species and knowing what to feed your turtle to give it a proper nutritional diet is important here is your comprehensive guide to feeding your pet…

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petmd editorial updated june 10 2016 published may 28 2015 share this by jill fanslau snakes have been known to eat some wacky things golf balls lightbulbs a pregnant sheep and a gator with a reputation for eating the abnormal it makes sense to question what do snakes normally eat luckily for you your pet snake will probably stick to a more basic diet of eating rats or mice says adam denish vmd a veterinarian at rhawnhurst animal hospital in philadelphia and elmwood park zoo in norristown pennsylvania snakes are carnivores and a rat or mouse is typically a complete and balanced meal for them…

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jessica vogelsang dvm updated january 20 2021 published may 29 2015 share this anyone who has met my golden brody immediately notices one thing he is a real people pleaser i mean even among goldens who are known to be friendly and affable he stands out as a seriously peopleloving kind of guy when we go to the dog park he does one lap around the place to see who is there and then spends the rest of his time hanging out with the dog owners when my husband met with the breeder they explained that this particular line had been selected as much for their temperament as for their looks and as their…

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petmd editorial updated november 25 2020 published may 26 2015 share this finding the best reptiles to add to your family isnt easy there are many different types of reptiles each with their own unique needs and characteristics so how do you know which is the best pet reptile for you before adding any new pet to your family it is essential to do some research this will help you evaluate how suitable a certain reptile will be as your pet it is also important to assess your own lifestyle so you can evaluate how it will impact your new pet reptile when searching for the best reptile for you…

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petmd editorial published may 20 2015 share this hills disaster relief network promotes pet safety tips for emergencies pr newswire topeka kan may 4 2015 in recognition of national animal disaster preparedness day on may 9 2015 hills pet nutrition is encouraging pet parents to plan ahead by creating a pet emergency gokit and following several easy tips to ensure the safety of their pets during a crisis the best thing a family can do in the case of an emergency is be prepared and that includes having a plan in place for your pets said kostas kontopanos president of hills pet nutrition north…

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ken tudor dvm published may 19 2015 share this my graduate studies in human exercise physiology and sports nutrition confirmed that serious athletes will use any means to gain the slightest competitive edge short of blood doping like lance armstrong there are legitimate nutritional techniques that can help athletes maintain a high level of performance it appears that human nutritional strategies can also help canine athletes gain a competitive edge a study in the latest issue of the american journal of veterinary research tested a sports bar for dogs that is similar to exercise recovery…

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petmd editorial updated january 22 2021 published may 18 2015 share this by samantha drake a rottweiler named brutus who lost all four paws to frostbite has found his forever home with two of the people who are helping him regain his mobility foster parents laura and rick aquilina of loveland colo have been fostering brutus and announced on april 1 that they were adopting him its a happy outcome for a dog whose short life has been marked by pain and uncertainty brutus now two years old suffered frostbite as a puppy after he was left outside in freezing temperatures according to his facebook…

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jennifer coates dvm updated november 04 2020 published may 18 2015 share this i dont generally recommend that owners diagnose or treat their pets without first seeing or at least talking with their veterinarian tapeworms are an exception to that rule tapeworms are different from other intestinal parasites most worms reproduce within the pets intestinal tract and then shed their eggs in the animals feces a microscopic fecal exam is necessary to know whether or not a dog or cat has one of these types of worms tapeworms on the other hand shed entire segments of their bodies that contain their…

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petmd editorial updated january 22 2021 published may 15 2015 share this by samantha drake everyday sounds like crinkling tin foil a metal spoon hitting a ceramic bowl rustling paper or plastic bags or hammering a nail can have a worrisome effect on your cat according to a new study researchers say certain highpitched sounds cause noiseinduced seizures in older cats and the response is not all that unusual until now the condition has not been welldocumented so many cat owners tend to dismiss the seizures as a sign of old age notes dr mark lowrie of davies veterinary specialists in…

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jennifer coates dvm published may 15 2015 share this water is the most essential nutrient for all animals including cats healthy cats will generally meet their need for water through a combination of what is present in their food and drinking from available sources but maximizing water intake is an important part of treating and preventing several common feline diseases including idiopathic cystitis bladder stones obesity chronic kidney disease if your cat has one of these conditions or you want to encourage water intake as a health maintenance measure how can you go about getting your cat to…

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anna obrien dvm published may 14 2015 share this this saturday is the preakness a thoroughbred horse race that is the second in a series of three races that make up the triple crown the kentucky derby the preakness and the belmont all run within may and june every year the triple crown is the epitome of horse racing no other race or series of races comes close to the media coverage and hype each year the winner of this years kentucky derby was american pharoah although i must admit i did not have a favorite in the derby im now rooting feverishly for american pharoah to take the triple…

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joanne lynn intile dvm ms dacvim published april 29 2015 share this ive wanted to be a veterinarian from the time i was a tiny child and could comprehend what it was those amazing doctors did im not unique in this capacity many of my peers would tell you the same story veterinarians are lovers of animals and science blessed with the ability to heal patients who rarely comprehend our intentions most of us have known pretty much since forever that this is what we were born to do i frequently encounter young people looking for advice on how to succeed in veterinary medicine i am by no means an…