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Your Pet's Weight

Your Animal’s Weight • Though a few extra pounds may seem like they can't hurt, obesity can be a life-threatening condition for your pet. • Excess weight in pets can lead to osteoarthritis, high blood pressure, heart and respiratory...

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Caring for Your Pet Rabbit

What to feed your pet rabbit • When it comes to feeding rabbits, many people have it all wrong thanks to Bugs Bunny and every other image that pairs rabbits with carrots. • In reality, domesticated rabbits thrive on a diet that consists of...

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It's that time of year

IT’S THAT TIME OF YEAR! • Some dogs just love to go on car trips. It doesn’t matter where to, they just want to be with the family. • If the car trip is to run errands, even quick stops, it is best to leave your dog safely at home where it...

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Leptospirosis

Leptospirosis • Leptospirosis (lepto) is an infectious disease caused by a type of bacteria called Leptospira. • The disease causes serious damage to the kidney and liver, and may be fatal in severe cases. • Leptospirosis is a zoonotic...

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Pet Cremation

Pet Cremation • We can always find our beloved pets in our hearts, but having their cremains may feel like they are still here with us. Boxes and urns have become the physical presence of the companions we have loved and lost. Stopping to look...

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LVT Job position available

Licensed Veterinary Technician Job Description Job Description Summary: The primary purpose and function of the Veterinary Technician is to support the veterinarians, and other staff, in ensuring quality veterinary care, advocating for pets,...

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Pet Cats and Toxoplasmosis-Risk for Pregnancy and Immunocompromised

Pet Cats & Toxoplasmosis - Risk For Pregnancy and the Immunocompromised • Concerns about toxoplasmosis revolve mainly around 2 groups: pregnant women and immunocompromised individuals. In other humans, Toxoplasma exposure typically results in...

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RECALL

Nestle Purina PetCare Company Voluntarily Recalls a Limited Amount of Muse Wet Cat Food Natural Chicken Recipe in Gravy in Three-ounce Cans due to the Potential Presence of Rubber Pieces Out of an abundance of caution, Nestlé Purina PetCare...

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Keeping Pets Cool

Keeping pets cool is not just kind; it’s crucial. • When the temperature rises, all pets are at risk for heat stroke. • Some pets are particularly susceptible. Brachycephalic breeds—those with a “pushed-in” appearance—are inefficient...

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New Imported Distemper Strain in Dogs

New imported distemper strain in dogs • In early October of 2018, a 12-week old “Sheltie” arrived from Korea. Approximately 12 days later, the dog began showing a cough and lethargy with blood work indicating “anemia.” About 10 days...

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spay neuter questions

ONE OF THE MOST COMMON QUESTIONS TO VETERINARIANS • One of the most common questions veterinarians hear each week is, “When should I spay or neuter my dog or cat?” With so much conflicting advice from friends, breeders, and the Internet, it...

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rabbit neuter

Rabbit Neutering Neutering is also referred to as orchidectomy or castration. It is a surgical procedure in which the testes (and associated tissues) are removed in order to sterilize, or render infertile, a male animal. There are many behavioral...

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Cats Need to Knead

WHY CATS KNEAD The kneading behavior begins early in life, while kittens are nursing. As kittens knead their mother’s mammary glands, oxytocin is released, causing milk to flow. Animal experts believe other reasons cats knead might...

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Bird Care

Bird care • Cage o The cage must be big enough for your bird to stretch his/her wings (parrot-type birds) and fly (finch-type birds) o The cage must be made from nontoxic (nonpoisonous) material (e.g., Zinc, even powder-coated can...

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Taurine

Upstate Veterinary Specialties take on Diet-Associated Dilated Cardiomyopathy • Recent evidence has led the US FDA to announce that diets including legumes, lentils, peas and potatoes as main ingredients may be linked to the development of dilated...

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Canine Vaccines

Vaccination is one of the easiest and most important ways to protect your dog’s health. Yet in this age of “overvaccination” scares and “Dr. Google,” some pet owners are hesitant to vaccinate their dogs—even when it’s in their best...

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Pocket Pets

POCKET PETS The most popular pocket pets are guinea pigs, mice, rats, gerbils, and hamsters. Hedgehogs, chinchillas, and sugar gliders are also popular, though they require more specialized care and are illegal to own in some states, so check with...

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FOOD RECALL

Hill’s Pet Nutrition is voluntarily recalling select canned dog food products due to potentially elevated levels of vitamin D. While vitamin D is an essential nutrient for dogs, ingestion of elevated levels can lead to potential health issues...

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Bird Care

Bird care • Cage o The cage must be big enough for your bird to stretch his/her wings (parrot-type birds) and fly (finch-type birds) o The cage must be made from nontoxic (nonpoisonous) material (e.g., Zinc, even powder-coated can flake) o The...

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Care for Your Pet Rabbit

Did you know pet rabbits should be kept indoors to protect against predators, and that rabbits don’t like to be alone? Find out what other facts and responsibilities you should know to take good care of your pet rabbit. Supplies Needed ...

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