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Osteoarthritis: How to deal with chronic pain

August 4, 2019

Chronic pain due to osteoarthritis is a very common problem in many of our older patients.  Hip dysplasia, cruciate ligament ruptures and patella luxations are common genetic and traumatic disorders that lead to joint instability.  Over time, cartilage is degraded and pain and inflammation will…

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Food allergy dermatitis

August 4, 2019

(Food Hypersensitivity, Adverse Food Reaction, Food Intolerance) A pet can develop an allergy to a food ingredient at any time during her/his life.  Most commonly the food allergy develops when the pet is young.  Even if the pet has been eating the same food for…

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Canine allergies

August 4, 2019

Allergies, also known as atopy, are very common in dogs. They are due to allergens being absorbed through the skin, ingested and/or inhaled. Common allergens include food proteins, tree and grass pollens, weeds, molds, house dust mites and fleas. It has been estimated that 15…

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Special concerns for Brachycephalic breeds

August 4, 2019

Understanding Brachycephalic Syndrome Dogs and cats with short faces are known as brachycephalic breeds.  They were bred to possess a normal lower jaw and a compressed upper jaw. This caused significant health issues, including respiratory problems, inability to withstand heat, excitement and exercise, eye disorders…

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When the heart breaks: Managing canine heart disease

August 4, 2019

 If your dog has been diagnosed with a heart murmur and/or congestive heart failure, there are several considerations for monitoring and possible therapy to help manage this condition successfully. It is important to realize that a heart murmur is not a disease, it is a symptom…

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Pet loss and bereavement

August 4, 2019

Pets are an important part of the family and share a very special bond with us. Naturally the death of a beloved pet elicits very strong emotions.  Companion animals bring such joy and comfort to our lives that often they are looked upon like a…

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When a child loses a pet

August 4, 2019

The death of a family pet is often a child’s first experience with the loss of a beloved special friend.  This can be a very difficult time for a child, as well as for parents.  The loss of a pet provides an opportunity for parents…

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End of life care for pets

August 4, 2019

It is a very sad fact of pet ownership that most of our pets will eventually succumb to chronic disease, cancer or advanced age and all the associated disabilities that may accompany a declining physical self.   Owners have multiple things to consider when confronted…

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Humane euthanasia: When is the right time?

August 4, 2019

The humane euthanasia for a beloved pet may be one of the most difficult choices you will ever face. We understand that it is hard to make this decision for an animal who cannot tell you what his wishes are and yet a judgment call…

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Coping with pet loss

August 4, 2019

“It just takes time”          When some people lose a pet they say, “Never again—no more pets for me”…and they mean it.  Perhaps the pain of losing their pet was too overwhelming, or perhaps their lifestyle has changed so that a pet…

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