Canine Hyperparathyroidism

Canine Hyperparathyroidism

Canine hyperparathyroidism is one of several causes of hypercalcemia in dogs. Hypercalcemia, or elevated calcium level in the bloodstream, is defined as any laboratory reading above 11.4 mg/dl. In dogs, as in people, the four parathyroid glands are located nestled into the thyroid glands, thus their name. Para is a Latin prefix meaning “beside.” Both […]

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Water Is A Treat For Pets

Water Is A Treat For Pets

A drink of water is a treat? To your dog or cat, yes, indeed! Humans think of water as something we have to drink sometimes, but soft drinks, milk and tea are considered special to us. Just as dogs and cats don’t require variety in their diets, they don’t need various liquids to drink, either. […]

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Cancer In Pets:  Experts Interviewed

Cancer In Pets: Experts Interviewed

Cancer. “It’s just a disease; it’s not magic, it’s not evil.” That was Dr. David Haworth, one of five veterinarians quoted in a special section on cancer in animals in January’s Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association.  Each of the doctors interviewed is a board-certified veterinary oncologist, all Diplomates of the American College of […]

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Pet Protection From The Cold

Pet Protection From The Cold

I suppose our weather today (I’m writing this on Wednesday, January 29th) still qualifies as “sunny south,” technically, because the sun is out. But it’s 22° and it’s not the weather we signed up for as Southerners. Of course, our pets didn’t ask for this, either. They don’t get a choice. Which is why it […]

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Heroes In Veterinary Medicine:  The Dean

Heroes In Veterinary Medicine: The Dean

Meeting Dr. John Thomas Vaughan was one of those terrifying moments in my career as a veterinarian. Well, technically, I wasn’t a veterinarian yet, but our class was in its third year, so we were close enough to taste it. This is another post about my heroes in veterinary medicine. I will never forget. It […]

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Dog And Cat Diabetic Basics Updated

Owners of diabetic dogs and cats will be happy to know we have updated our Diabetic Basics Page.  Click here to go to the page to see new information about utilizing the latest insulins properly, safety and scheduling information.

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Feline Acne

Feline Acne

Feline acne. It’s not just teenaged skin. Acne in cats is common and, in most cases, not a terribly difficult problem to control. However, it can become a deep and serious infection. Initial signs can be subtle, and are usually limited to the chin. Black debris, hair loss, scratching. These can progress to redness and […]

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An End To Rabies?

An End To Rabies?

An end to Rabies. Pie in the sky, or achievable goal? (Click here to read about the disease, Rabies.) The World Small Animal Veterinary Association and the World Organization for Animal Health believe they can team up, with help, to win the battle. As stated in their Paris meeting, November, 2013, their focus will be […]

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Veterinary Hospice And In-Home Euthanasia

Veterinary Hospice And In-Home Euthanasia

Hospice. It’s not just for the two-legged members of your family anymore. Dr. Juliana Lyles, a veterinary hospice and euthanasia practitioner, was interviewed by Brandi Van Ormer for the Fall 2013 issue of Pegasus Press, a publication of the Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Dr. Lyles was a 2009 graduate of MSU-CVM. Her […]

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