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Why is my vet always talking about heartworms?

Heartworm disease, heartworm tests, heartworm preventative – your animal’s yearly wellness exam always has some mention of heartworms. But what are they and why should you be concerned?

Disturbing New Danger to Cats

“Doc, my cat eats constantly but still keeps losing weight!” While there can be any number of causes for this, in a middle-aged or older cat an overactive thyroid is always one of the potential reasons atop our list. Thyroid glands produce hormones that regulate metabolism. But when they are enlarged and producing too much thyroid [...]

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The Three Big Reasons to Spay and Neuter

Whenever we have a client with a new puppy or kitten, we always explain when they should spay or neuter their pet. An overwhelming majority of my clients follow through with our instructions, but others just don’t seem to understand how important this is. There are at least three serious reasons. Reason 1 Pet overpopulation. Thousands [...]

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Help Your Pets Beat the Heat

Long warm days. Vacation. It’s a great time to get out and about with your favorite furry family member. Just make sure you ALL have a safe and happy summer. Here are some precautions to keep your pets safe. Cars NEVER leave an animal (or kid) in a car in hot weather. The temperature rises dramatically. On an 85-degree day, the [...]

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Heartworms? In Cats? Huh?

Yes, heartworms are primarily a problem in our dogs – but cats can also become infected. The same mosquito that carries the heartworm larva can, and does, bite cats, injecting them with heartworms as well. Cats are not the natural host. Once injected into our cats, most of the larvae end up in the pulmonary arteries (the [...]

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New Year’s Resolution for your Pets

It’s already January and the New Year’s resolutions have begun. Resolutions to eat healthier, lose weight and get more exercise are by far the most common promises we make to ourselves. But this year, why not include your furry companion as part of your resolution? Obesity is one of the most common problems we see as veterinarians. In [...]

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Pet Threat from Xylitol

Xylitol is a sweetener that is becoming more widely used in a variety of foods. It’s tasty and low-calorie – and can have serious unintended health consequences, not for you, but for your pet. In its pure form xylitol (“ZY-li-tol”) is a white crystalline powder, derived from various plants. It’s being touted as a safe sugar substitute [...]

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