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petmd editorial updated october 16 2020 published august 08 2012 share this how to behave around a service dog service dogs are all around us and this is truly a wonderful thing they can help people to open and close doors retrieve dropped items from the floor walk across the street and retrieve medication from a refrigerator as well as a variety of other tasks each dog is tailor trained to meet the specific needs of their handler and yet many of us still do not know how to properly interact with these fascinatingly furry helpers here are six etiquette tips to remember the next time you…

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jennifer coates dvm updated march 16 2017 published november 14 2012 share this videowistia|ov195fiwal|true winterization is in full swing here in colorado and this is when i worry most about pets getting into antifreeze while a vehicle needs antifreeze no matter what the outside temperature most folks tend to replace antifreeze before cold weather takes hold particularly in the parts of the country that can experience extreme winter weather i thought id take this opportunity to review the essentials of antifreeze ethylene glycol poisoning in pets winterization is in full swing here in…

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petmd editorial updated april 02 2015 published november 07 2012 share this drug info drug name sentinel common name sentinelr drug type parasiticide used for treatment of fleas ticks heartworms mites species dogs cats administered tablets how dispensed prescription only fda approved yes general description milbemycin is used to prevent heartworm and other parasitic infestations on your pet it is found in two drugs sentinelr milbemycin oxime and lufenuron and interceptor milbemycin oxime only sentinelr is to be given every 30 days preferably on the same day every month to treat and prevent…

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petmd editorial published november 07 2012 share this drug info drug name program common name programr drug type parasiticide used for treatment of fleas species dogs cats administered tablets injectable how dispensed prescription only available forms monthly tablet in 45 mg 90 mg 2049 mg 4098 mg 6 month injection for cats only fda approved yes general description lufenuron is used to control flea infestations on pets it inhibits the growth of flea larva and prevents them from becoming an adult insect lufenuron is not effective against adult fleas but prevents growth of the infestation on…

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petmd editorial updated august 07 2019 published november 07 2012 share this drug info drug name prednisone and prednisolone for dogs and cats common name prednistabr drug type corticosteroid used for inflammation cancer addisons disease nervous system disorders species dogs cats administered tablets oral liquid injectable how dispensed prescription only fda approved yes videowistia|5xw0qnpf5a|true what are prednisone and prednisolone prednisone and prednisolone are glucocorticoid medications that are prescribed for many uses including reducing inflammation suppressing the immune system…

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petmd editorial updated april 02 2015 published november 07 2012 share this drug info drug name insulin common name vetsulinr humulinr pzi vetr novolinr iletinr velosulinr drug type synthetic hormone used for diabetes mellitus species dogs cats administered 40unitsml 100unitsml and 500unitsml injectable how dispensed prescription only fda approved yes general description insulin is used in the treatment of diabetes mellitus in dogs and cats insulin is a hormone produced by the pancreas that helps convert your pets food into energy by allowing the uptake of sugar by cells by allowing this…

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petmd editorial published november 07 2012 share this drug info drug name cisapride common name propulsidr drug type gastrointestinal prokinetic used for megaesophagus acid reflux megacolon species dogs cats administered compounded medication how dispensed prescription only fda approved no general description cisapride is given to help with the quick passage of food through the digestive tract it may be used to treat disorders such as megaesophagus acid reflux disease megacolon it is also effective against chronic constipation and some causes of vomiting this drug was discontinued for use in…

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petmd editorial updated april 02 2015 published november 07 2012 share this drug info drug name antacids common name various common names drug type antacids used for acid reflux peptic ulcers kidney failure heartburn species dogs cats administered oral liquids capsules fda approved no general description antacids are used to reduce the acidity in the digestive tract by increasing the ph to a more basic level it is used to treat symptoms associated with heartburn acid reflux and peptic ulcers some antacids may be effective in pets with kidney failure to reduce the amount of phosphate in the…

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petmd editorial updated april 02 2015 published november 07 2012 share this drug info drug name ursodiol common name actigallr ursor drug type bile acid used for liver and gall bladder diseases prevention and treatment of gallstones species dogs cats administered tablet how dispensed prescription only fda approved no general description ursodiol is a bile acid given to cats and dogs for the treatment and prevention of gallstones it is also used in the treatment of chronic liver problems ursodiol is not fda approved for veterinary use but it is common practice for veterinarians to prescribe…

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petmd editorial updated july 16 2014 published november 07 2012 share this drug info drug name zantac common name zantacr drug type h2 blocker used for stomach ulcers administered tablet injectable fda approved no general description ranitidine is a histamine h2 blocker that is used to prevent and treat stomach and intestinal ulcers in cats and dogs it is often prescribed in the cases of gastritis and in the management of acid reflux disease to soothe inflammation and assist in healing it also assists in stimulating the passage of food through the digestive tract give this medication without…

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lorie huston dvm updated february 11 2021 published july 06 2012 share this image via mary swiftshutterstock the convenience of the automatic litter box by lorie huston dvm selfcleaning or automatic cat litter boxes are a great choice for cat owners who have limited time to clean litter boxes there are many different types of selfcleaning litter boxes available though they do have differences they also have some similarities waste sensors and selfcleaning most selfcleaning litter boxes have a rake that moves across and through the cat litter sifting out and removing waste from the box the…

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lorie huston dvm updated february 11 2021 published july 06 2012 share this understanding clay silica and biodegradable cat litters by lorie huston dvm there are many different types of cat litters available but essentially most of them fall into three distinct categories claybased silicabased and biodegradable the best cat litter for your cat will depend on your expectations clay cat litter clay cat litters are the oldest type of commercial cat litter and are still widely available clay is used in cat litters because of its ability to absorb liquid traditional clay litter can absorb its…

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petmd editorial published july 05 2012 share this washington women infected with a parasite spread by cat feces run a higher risk of attempting suicide suggests a study of more than 45000 women in denmark published in a scientific journal this week we cant say with certainty that t gondii caused the women to try to kill themselves said teodor postolache of the university of maryland medical school senior author of the study in the archives of general psychiatry but we did find a predictive association between the infection and suicide attempts later in life that warrants additional studies…

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patrick mahaney vmd cva cvj updated february 18 2016 published july 03 2012 share this fleas are a subject of much disdain for people and pets alike no pet owner wants to see their beloved fido or fluffy subjected to the blood sucking physiologic needs of the flea preventing flea infestation takes a consistent effort on behalf of the caretaker and requires attention to our pets environment and lifestyle choices flea appropriate climate fleas require a climate sufficiently warm and humid to support their lifecycle yet indoor climates can be sufficient yearround regardless of geographic…

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petmd editorial updated may 16 2017 published july 02 2012 share this videowistia|zlh0ifpkg1|true what is the kitten vaccination schedule all kittens need vaccinations to help keep them healthy vaccinations by definition protect your kitten from contracting specific diseases cat vaccinations are divided into two types core cat vaccinations are those that protect against especially common andor particularly dangerous diseases and are recommended for all kittens and adult cats noncore vaccinations are not necessarily recommended for all cats instead these vaccines are recommended only for those…

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petmd editorial published july 02 2012 share this mars petcare us has voluntarily recalled three varieties of pedigree weight management canned dog food products due to a potential choking risk according to the press release mars petcare released on saturday affected products may contain small pieces of blue plastic which entered the food during the production process mars stated that the source of the plastic has been identified and resolved the company also said that while a small number of customers have reported finding the plastic pieces they had not received any reports of injury or…

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lorie huston dvm updated february 18 2016 published july 02 2012 share this what do these two diseases have in common they both require fleas for transmission of the disease rats mice and other rodents also play a role in the transmission of these diseases but today were focusing mainly on fleas and flea control and these diseases arent alone an even more common human disease that requires fleas in order to be transmitted is cat scratch fever this disease occurs when a scratch becomes contaminated with flea dirt flea dirt is what flea poop is commonly called if thats not enough to convince…

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jennifer coates dvm published july 06 2012 share this when i was pregnant with my daughter i received a lot of unsolicited advice about what i should eat granted proper nutrition is never more important than when you are eating for two or more but the rigid conflicting and constant recommendations eventually began to get on my nerves thankfully feeding pregnant and lactating dogs im going to avoid the more accurate bword to keep the profanity filters happy is a relatively less controversial subject but that doesnt lessen the importance of good nutrition during this critical time in comparison…

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ken tudor dvm published june 21 2012 share this opinions on dieting strategies are generally quite strong with proponents on each side interestingly scientific studies in humans and animals suggest that both strategies are equivalent and appropriate solutions to weight loss however the weight regain in both strategies suggest that a long term solution is probably the best plan the studies individual humans or animals put on moderate or severe calorie restricted diets lose predictable weight moderate dieters lose less weight than severe dieters both have weight regain after dieting but as a…

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lisa radosta dvm dacvb published june 13 2012 share this when i was a resident at u of penn my husband had a harley davidson screaming eagle electroglide it was a fancy bright blue motorcycle with orange striping he loved it and i hated it i completely supported his decision to own and ride it but i wasnt getting on he tried all kinds of tactics it is no more dangerous than getting on that crazy horse of yours and going on a trail ride through the hills of pennsylvania by yourself he said no i said i would love for you to come on a scenic ride with my harley friends i would love to spend some…

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jennifer coates dvm updated december 09 2016 published june 06 2012 share this to that end she has put together some excellent brochures about the conditions that we deal with most commonly and i thought id share some of that information with you over the next couple of months heres the first installment what is a brain tumor cancer affecting the brain is common in older dogs and cats but is rarely seen in younger animals tumors can arise directly from the brain or its surrounding tissues or be caused by spread of tumors that originated elsewhere in the body the most common form of primary…

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jennifer coates dvm updated january 22 2014 published may 11 2012 share this do you have a group of personal nutritionists who spend their days making sure your every meal is healthy and balanced do you have a staff of scientists and technicians who work to keep all the food you eat free from potentially harmful contaminants yeah neither do i but your cat does if you feed him or her a diet formulated and produced by a reputable and conscientious food company now im not talking about the foods that are more marketing gimmick than nutrition good pet food brands focus at least as much attention…

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petmd editorial published may 05 2012 share this wellpet has issued a voluntary recall of one recipe large breed puppy of dry dog food after being notified by diamond pet foods regarding the presence of salmonella in diamonds gaston south carolina facility according to a letter obtained by wellpet the products affected in the recall are wellness complete healthr super5mixr large breed puppy 15 lb and 30 lb bags and 5 oz sample bags with best by dates of jan 9 2013 through jan 11 2013 best by dates lot codes can be found on the back of the bag in the bottom righthand corner pets with…

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lorie huston dvm updated may 05 2014 published may 07 2012 share this there are many different forms of cancer and the veterinary community has made great progress in the past few years today we have treatment options for many forms of cancer that were not treatable for our pets even a few years ago still we cannot cure all types of cancer and more work still needs to be done in this area cancer is typically thought of as a disease of older cats and in many cases that is true however just as in people cancer can strike a cat of any age what can you do to prevent cancer for your cat naturally…

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jennifer coates dvm updated april 22 2015 published may 07 2012 share this did you hear the reports concerning a case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy otherwise known as bse or mad cow disease in a dairy cow in california a couple of weeks ago thankfully it doesnt look like this incident is indicative of a looming outbreak like the one seen in great britain in the 1980s and 90s which led to the deaths of around 150 people from creutzfeldtjacob disease and the slaughter of 37 million cattle but i hope it does bring attention to the current state of food safety in this country first a bit of…