Pet Health

How to Treat Cat Scratches at Home

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We veterinarians commonly treat our canine and feline patients for cat scratches, but people commonly suffer from the trauma associated with sharp claws. Besides discomfort and bleeding are you aware of the potential for disease transmission associated with cat scratches? You can self-treat mild feline exoriations you may experience when interacting with your or other […]

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How to Identify and Treat Ant Bites in Dogs

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Are you aware of the potenital for your canine or feline companion to incur injury secondary to being bitten or stung by insects? Bee stings are a common reason why we veterinarians treat patients on an emergency basis and often require combinations of medications to stop a hypersensitivity (“allergic”) reaction that can have severe whole […]

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Probiotics for Cats: What are They and How Do They Help?

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Do you know what probiotics are? How about how probiotics can benefit the gut health of your feline companion? Probiotics are beneicial bacteria (flora) that live in the digestive tract that aid in promoting intestinal function. The small and large intestine (colon) contain bacteria that faciliate food digestion. Additionally, probiotics serve to keep pathogenic bacteria […]

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Is Toilet Water Safe for Pets to Drink?

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In my veterinary practice, I’m always striving to find ways to keep my canine and feline patiets as safe as possible when it comes to exposure to toxins in the home or environment. What owners may not recognize is that there are so many places where a pet can come in contact with a chemical or […]

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What is a Titer Test, and is it Right for Your Pet?

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I’m not anti-vaccination when it comes to the health of my canine and feline patients and personal pet. I’m pro-judicious vaccination where the patient’s health status, age, lifestyle, and current level of immunity from vaccinations is combined with adherence to state-mandated legal requirements. Yet, I feel many pets living in the U.S. are overvaccinated and […]

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