General Practice

Semiannual Pet Examinations Save Lives

“So, Doctor, should I see you again with Fluffy in a year?” Mrs. Jones has just asked a crucial question about the scheduling of Fluffy’s care. How often is it best to take one’s pet in to see the doctor? As far as vaccinations go, most experts agree that booster vaccinations annually to protect against […]

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Summer Fun With Pets Can Be Safe

Can you even begin to imagine the tragedy? Last summer a mother of five went to the store with her entire brood, got home, unloaded the goods, and took the kids inside. Well, took most of the kids inside. One was left in the car. Forgotten. In the searing summer heat. In a few minutes […]

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Train Dogs For Safety

I was worried. It could have been a carjacking. The SUV was parked crossways in the road ahead of me, and the 4-wheeled all terrain vehicle (ATV) was headed right for me. Fortunately, the ATV went right on by and when I got abreast of the SUV I figured out the whole story: It was […]

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Veterinarians Can Help Young Mother Dogs And Cats

Recently I have been working with a teenaged mother-to-be, helping her to have a healthy pregnancy in every way. At “29”, Maggie is no youngster to be having her first. She and Rocky didn’t actually plan to have a family. They both live with her parents and she had already begun the process of planning […]

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Preventing Human Attacks By Vicious Dogs

Defenders of the so-called “vicious breeds” will often say, “It’s not the dog’s fault, it’s always the owner’s fault, when such attacks occur.” And, there’s some truth to that statement. Owning any dog is a big responsibility. Owning a dog which is physically and mentally capable of massive damage to living things adds some very […]

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Pet Emergencies: What Can Wait?

Your pet has a medical condition. It’s 4 AM. Is it serious enough to take him to the veterinary emergency hospital now, or can it wait until your pet’s doctor is open in a few hours? Today we’ll be talking about some conditions for which your pet needs to be seen immediately. For some conditions, […]

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Relaxin In Diagnosis Of Canine And Feline Pregnancy

Relaxin. “Oh, so you’re taking the day off today, Dr. Randolph?” No, I didn’t say relaxin’, I said relaxin. Relaxin is a hormone that is produced during pregnancy in mammalian species. Both its function and its importance vary among species, but its main function seems to be to cause a softening and growth of the […]

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How And Why To Make An Appointment With A Veterinarian

Years ago most veterinary practices saw outpatients on a walk-in basis. You went to see “Ol’ Doc” when you had time, and you hoped he wasn’t on the other side of the county working on a horse or cow. If he was, you waited. Those were slower, simpler times. Along came the rush-and-hurry years, when […]

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How To Avoid A Pet Illness Heartache

The teenaged girl sat crumpled in the floor of our examination room, sobbing loudly. I evaluated the kitten’s problems as her father and older sister sat on the bench, waiting. Instinctively, they all knew the verdict as well as I did, but waited for me to make it official: “I’m sorry, but the kitten is […]

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