Internal Medicine

Vaccinate Dogs And Cats Or Test For Protection?

Vaccinate Dogs And Cats Or Test For Protection?

To vaccinate, or not to vaccinate. That is the question. For decades, many decades, veterinarians have been recommending dogs and cats be vaccinated annually for life. A relative few years ago veterinarians began following the advice of some experts, telling pet owners that vaccines would continue to protect their pets for two, three or even […]

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Canine Cognitive Disorder

Canine Cognitive Disorder

Dogs are increasingly being diagnosed with Canine Cognitive Disorder, also called Canine Cognitive Dysfunction (CCD or CD). Dogs are living longer than ever before, thanks to the elevated status of these pets in family structure, improved knowledge of medical care for pets and increased utilization of veterinary care by the pet-owning public. As with people, […]

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Antibiotic Resistance

Antibiotic Resistance

Drug resistance. You hear about it on the television news. You read about it in the newspaper. How does it happen? Drug-resistant bacteria are produced by many, many factors. People, and our misbehavior, are the cause of most resistance. One of the ways people create drug-resistant strains of bacteria is by not following directions. For […]

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Get The Best Healthcare For Puppies And Kittens

Get The Best Healthcare For Puppies And Kittens

A reader from Seattle writes, “My veterinarian examines my new puppy thoroughly from ‘head to toe” every three weeks when he goes in for his puppy series of vaccinations. My friend says his veterinarian examined his puppy only on the first visit, and just vaccinates every three weeks without an exam. Should I change doctors […]

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Methemoglobin In Dogs And Cats

Methemoglobin In Dogs And Cats

Methemoglobinemia and methemoglobinuria. If your pet demonstrates either or both of these conditions, pray for the best and prepare for the worst. Methemoglobin is not a disease (unless it occurs congenitally), but a result of a toxin exposure. Often, this evidence of damage to the oxygen-carrying molecule in red blood cells (RBCs) is a difficult […]

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Cat Scratch Fever

Cat Scratch Fever

Cat Scratch Fever. While it may be a catchy song title, the “real thing” is incredibly scary.  Ted Nugent will want to stick to singing the song, and leave the disease alone. Cat Scratch Fever is also known as Cat Scratch Disease (CSD) and Bartonellosis, after the genus of the causative organism, Bartonella. Most cases […]

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Feline Nighttime Vocalization

Feline Nighttime Vocalization

Feline Nighttime Vocalization(FNV) is an infrequently-occurring but serious disorder. The resulting sleep loss is not only a problem for your kitty, but sleep loss in humans is known to be linked to many health disorders, some of which can lead to death. The most bothersome Feline Nighttime Vocalization reported is crying. Some felines may caterwaul […]

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False Positive, False Negative

False Positive, False Negative

Run a test. Get a result. Sounds simple enough, doesn’t it. However, the wicket gets sticky when you realize that every test we run requires interpretation. Few are simply “yes” or “no,” “black” or “white.” When results are dramatically different from what we expect, suspicions rise of “false positive” or “false negative.” A false positive […]

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Old Dogs Need Regular Doctor Visits

Old Dogs Need Regular Doctor Visits

“Dr. Randolph, I appreciate that you send me reminders for Daisy, but she’s an old dog and that’s why I don’t bring her in to the clinic any more.” This is actually a common sentiment, despite the poor logic. Think in terms of your elderly parents or grandparents. Read (click) here to understand just how […]

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