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Pyometra: Causes, Diagnosis and Treatment

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Pyometra is a condition that occurs in female, unspayed dogs, where their uterus becomes infected, leading to life-threatening illness. Middle-aged and older female dogs who have not been spayed are at risk for pyometra. What causes it? When a female dog is ready for pregnancy, her body will prevent immune system cells (i.e., white blood

Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease (FLUTD)

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If your cat has frequent, painful urination containing blood, or can’t urinate at all, there is a good chance your cat may have feline lower urinary tract disease (FLUTD). What is FLUTD? FLUTD is an umbrella term for disorders that affect the feline bladder and urethra.  It affects between 1-3% of cats, most commonly middle-aged,

Dangerous substances: What to avoid giving your dogs and cats.

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As pet owners, we're responsible for keeping our companions happy, healthy, and safe. There are many common household items that can pose a danger to your pet's health, so we've compiled a list of substances that can be dangerous for your pets to ingest. This isn't a complete list, so if you're ever unsure about

Intestinal parasites in dogs and cats.

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Dogs and cats can fall victim to many different types of parasites. Because many of these parasites live in their intestines, veterinarians will take stool samples during your pet’s annual wellness exam to check for signs of intestinal parasites. Intestinal parasites are not uncommon, especially in young animals, which is why wellness exams are

Nutrition for your pets.

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Proper dietary nutrition is one of the keys to good health and longevity for our pets. In this article, you’ll learn about the nutritional requirements for both dogs and cats. Then, we’ll discuss how to provide your pet with a balanced diet, including how to choose the right type of food, if you should

Vaccines for dogs and cats: A complete guide.

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Vaccines are an important part of your pet’s preventative health care plan. They protect your pet from contagious diseases, some of which are fatal, like rabies or hepatitis. Routine vaccination is an important tool in preventing illness and keeping your dog or cat healthy, even if they are primarily indoor animals. But there is some

Canine influenza virus: What is the risk?

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Recently, you may have seen news stories about canine influenza breaking out in Chicago. What is canine influenza, exactly, and how could it affect your pet? Also known as dog flu, it’s a contagious respiratory disease in dogs caused by a virus known as the canine influenza virus (CIV). Dogs of any age, breed and

Dental health for cats and dogs.

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Dental disease is one of the most common medical conditions that veterinarians encounter.  More than eighty percent of dogs over the age of three and sixty percent of cats over the age of three have some form of active dental disease. The most common dental problems affecting our pets are periodontal diseases (such as gingivitis),

The essential guide to holiday pet safety.

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The holiday season has arrived. For many people, this means bringing out festive decorations and hosting get-togethers with loved ones. Unfortunately, some of our time-honored holiday traditions carry certain risks for our furry friends. The following guide will examine the most common safety concerns for dogs and cats during this time of year and offer