Pets Are A Special Gift

Pets Are A Special Gift

Certainly, Christmas is a time of giving. And receiving. It’s also a time of reflection. Coming on the heels of Thanksgiving, when we stopped our hectic pace for a few moments to count our blessings, the Christmas season can be a continuation of that state of mind. It’s a good time to stop and think […]

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  December 18, 2017   No comments
Canine Influenza Update: How Bad Is It?

Canine Influenza Update: How Bad Is It?

The current run of canine influenza cases spreading across the country started in Georgia and quickly expanded to Florida with a crew of dog show participants. Rapidly, it dispersed to nine more states. In Louisville, KY, where our children and grandchildren live, the situation has gotten so bad that one clinic, Blue Pearl Louisville Specialty […]

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  December 1, 2017   No comments
Spay Tattoos Are In The News

Spay Tattoos Are In The News

Tattoos have been in the news at MyPetsDoctor.com lately. A reader wrote in to complain that the doctor she took her female dog to for ovariohysterectomy surgery didn’t offer her the option to decline a tattoo indicating her dog had had surgery. Marie’s description: “A black crossed out female sign is revolting imagery. Who even […]

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  September 22, 2017   No comments
Canine Influenza Outbreak Expands

Canine Influenza Outbreak Expands

Even though Florida is getting the most press in the latest canine influenza (CI) outbreak, it may have started in Perry, Georgia. (As of July 3, 2017, at least 82 cases have been laboratory confirmed.)  Every dog who tested positive has a connection to the shows or to another dog who had been at one […]

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  June 9, 2017   No comments
Flea Control Update

Flea Control Update

If you are having a major flea problem this year, you are not alone. We are seeing astonished pet owners and pets overwhelmed with fleas after the very mild winter. Here’s what you can do. IN AND ON YOUR PET Every dog and every cat needs to be on year-round heartworm preventive, and heartworm preventives […]

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  May 12, 2017   No comments
Triennial American Heartworm Society Report Released

Triennial American Heartworm Society Report Released

The American Heartworm Society has just released its 2016 Heartworm Incidence Survey results, calling it The Good, The Bad and The Ugly. The triennial survey gathers information from over 4200 veterinarians across the country, from clinics and shelters. The Good • Veterinarians who reported reductions in cases credit better compliance with monthly heartworm preventive administration. […]

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  April 21, 2017   No comments
9 Lives And Other Smucker Cat Foods Recalled

9 Lives And Other Smucker Cat Foods Recalled

This has the potential to be big. Pet food companies the size of 9 Lives’ parent, J. M. Smucker (yes, the jelly people), don’t make mistakes with their food very often. Fortunately, they caught this one early, so cats are at little risk, as long as their owners get new food soon. For starters, let’s […]

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  January 4, 2017   No comments
Universal Blood Test

Universal Blood Test

As much as we would like to have a test that could be run on a single drop of blood, answer every medical question that could possibly arise, and cost less than ten dollars, we’re not there yet. Or, anywhere close. The most common panel of screening lab tests for general, overall health status includes: […]

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  July 11, 2016   2 comments
The End Of FIP?

The End Of FIP?

Could it be over? In 1994 we lost our precious Sally to what her pathologists believed was FIP, Feline Infectious Peritonitis. Sally was only twelve when she fell ill after a dental prophylaxis (teeth cleaning). She had survived with flying colors. Three days later, she was gone. Feline Infectious Peritonitis is a disease caused by […]

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  April 22, 2016   No comments