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10 New Year’s Resolutions for Pet Owners

The New Year invokes a time of reflection and setting intentions for the upcoming year. We know how busy life can get between all of our commitments and responsibilities, and it can be easy to lose track of the nuances of what’s going on in our pet’s lives. As pet owners ourselves, we are revisiting

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Why E-Cigarettes are Fatal for Pets

With the rise of e-cigarettes being used, there has also been a rise of pets being poisoned by them.  E-cigarettes are great to reduce second hand smoke instances, but the solutions that are used are extremely toxic to pets and children. E-cigarettes are battery operated devices that use a cartridge that contains a solution made

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The Cat Who Swallowed a Needle

Kali, an 8 year old domestic short hair cat, presented to Dr. Streck at Caring Hands Centreville for a several day history of decreased appetite and weight loss.  Her owner described her as just acting “off” – she was lethargic and hiding, and really didn’t seem interested in food.  Kali is an all-indoor cat who

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GRAPHIC: Slideshow of Kali’s Needle-Removal Surgery

The following slideshow is graphic (shows blood and tissue).  Please watch based on your comfort level with these images. Hover over each image to see the description.    

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Grape Toxicity

Meet Fern. Fern is a fun-loving pointer mix puppy who ate some grapes. Little did Fern know, this dietary indiscretion would land her in the hospital. It has been an urban legend that has floated around the internet for some time, but has been proven to be a legend no more. The reason why grapes

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Lyme Disease

Lyme disease is the most common tick-borne disease in dogs and people in the United States.  It is caused by a bacteria called Borelia Burgdorferi and is transmitted through the bite of an infected tick.  Many species of mammals are susceptible to infection.  In companion animals, dogs and horses seem to be the most likely to develop

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Mast Cell Tumors

What exactly is a mast cell tumor? Mast cells are normal inflammatory cells responsible for releasing histamine as part of an allergic response. When disturbed, the mast cells releases granules containing histamine, causing swelling, redness and itchiness of the surrounding tissue. A mast cell tumor a malignant skin tumor that is composed of an abnormal

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Fleas

Fleas are one of the most common parasites of dogs and cats.  These insects live on the skin and feed on the blood of the host.  Animals infested with fleas are extremely itchy due to inflammation caused by the flea bites. In severe cases, the pet may develop Flea Allergy Dermatitis (FAD), an allergy to flea

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Neuter (Castration)

Neutering is the surgical removal of the testicles from male animals. A neuter surgery can be performed on most species, but this article will describe the surgery as performed in dogs and cats. Purpose All animals that will not be used for breeding should be spayed or neutered. Neutering prevents testicular cancer and greatly reduces

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Spay (Ovariohysterectomy)

A spay (or ovariohysterectomy) is a surgery that removes the ovaries and uterus from female pets. In small animal medicine, this surgery is most often performed on dogs and cats, but can also be performed on rabbits, guinea pigs, reptiles, and other animals. The surgery is generally performed in order to prevent or treat diseases

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