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Pain Management and Your Pet

How to Manage Your Cat or Dog’s Pain Pain is often described as “an unpleasant sensory and emotional experience associated with actual or potential tissue damage.” Pain is very subjective and difficult to measure, and can be especially difficult to measure in your cat or dog. It is important to note that just because your […]

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FDA: Jerky Treat Update

FDA Asks for Help From Veterinarians Yesterday the FDA released a request to all veterinarians in the United States. They are asking that veterinarians who are treating cats and dogs who have become sick after eating jerky pet treats contact them immediately. The FDA is hoping that blood, urine and tissue samples from certain sick […]

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Ticks and Your Pet

What to Do About Ticks Ticks are small arachnids that feed on blood. Unlike fleas, ticks will attach to the skin, feeding for a period of days until they become engorged and fall off. Ticks are usually found outside, and prefer tall grasses but can be found in almost all conditions. Ticks can be active […]

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Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy and Your Cat

HCM: The Silent Killer Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy is a type of heart disease in which the heart muscle tissue becomes unnecessarily and excessively thickened. This thickening usually occurs in the left ventricle of the heart, limiting the amount of space available for blood as well and restricting the ability of the heart to move properly. The […]

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Reiki and Your Pet

What is Reiki? The word Reiki (pronounced Ray- key) is a Japanese word meaning spiritual energy.   This is considered to be our life-force energy.  In the early 1900s, the system of Reiki was developed in Japan by Mikao Usui (1865-1926), as a spiritual practice.   Using meditation, breathing and other techniques a practitioner works to develop […]

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Chronic Renal Failure in Cats

Kidney Disease and Your Cat Your cat’s kidneys function primarily in removing waste products from the blood, maintaining hydration, and producing urine. Chronic Renal Failure (CRF) is not evident until approximately 70% of kidney tissue is destroyed. The kidneys are able to compensate for degeneration of tissue up to this point by excreting waste products […]

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Feline Health

Why Should I Bring My Cat to the Vet? Making sure your feline friends stay healthy as they age is a very important part of being a great cat owner. Even though most cat owners are aware that their cats should be seen by a veterinarian every 6-12 months for an examination many cats go […]

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Anal Sac Disease

Anal Sacs: What Are They and Why Are They Important? Anal sac disease is a very common problem in dogs and can also affect cats. The anal sacs, also called anal “glands”, are located on either side of the anus at approximately 4 o’clock and 8 o’clock. Each anal sac is connected to the anus […]

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Professional Dental Cleaning and Your Pet

What to Expect When You Bring Your Pet to Get a Dental Cleaning Periodontal disease (problems in the area around the teeth) is the most common health problem in companion animals. It is estimated that 80% of dogs and 70% of cats older than 3 years of age suffer from some level of periodontal disease. […]

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Rabies and Your Pets

Rabies: How Real is the Risk? Within the last two months alone two separate rabies positive animals have been reported in Norwich, VT. A rabies positive bat was found on Norfolk Pond Road and a rabies positive raccoon was taken from Happy Hill Road. Rabies vaccination is required by law for all dogs, cats, and […]

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Veterinary Care for Your New Kitten

Kitten Veterinary Care: What Does My Kitten Really Need? There is nothing more exciting than bringing home a new member of the family. Kittens are extremely entertaining and cute, but can also be a lot of work. The following information is meant to be an introduction to the veterinary care that your kitten will need […]

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Feline Spaying and Neutering

Spaying or Neutering Your Cat: When and Why. Spaying or neutering your cat is a very important aspect of being a cat owner. Having your cat “fixed” is not only beneficial to you and your pet but to society as a whole. Female cats who are not spayed will come into heat every 2-3 weeks, […]

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Veterinary Acupuncture

Veterinary Acupuncture: Can it Really Help My Pet? We have made great advances in the field of medicine for both humans and animals, but there are ancient practices that have proven their effectiveness over time. Veterinary acupuncture is one such practice that has been growing in acceptance in the U.S. for the treatment of many […]

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The Dangers of Tea Tree Oil for Pets

Tea Tree Oil for Pets?  Better Think Twice. Tea tree oil is extracted from the leaves of the Melaleuca alternifolia plant native to Australia, and has a long history of medical use by its indigenous people. Currently, it is often used topically in people for its antiviral, antiseptic, antifungal and antibacterial properties, but has been […]

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