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Black: A Dog With A Growth

Extenuating circumstances. They affect just about everything in life, don’t they?  Our pets are not exempt from extenuating circumstances, either. Take Black, a sweet, middle-aged Labrador retriever. Black has a little lump on her right rear leg, down low, past the tibiotarsal joint, on the outside of the leg. The tibiotarsal joint corresponds to our […]

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Cat Bite Abscesses

You’ve heard it said that a dog’s mouth is cleaner than a human’s. Even without microbiological tests I would question that statement simply on the basis of some of the things I’ve seen dogs lick! Cats’ mouths, on the other hand, are second only to reptiles for producing horrible infections when they bite. Cat bite […]

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Feline Leukemia Virus (FeLV)

Feline Leukemia Virus. Few words are scarier to a cat lover than those. And, with good reason, even though a positive Feline Leukemia Virus test is not always a death sentence. Let’s look at both the disease and testing in detail. Feline Leukemia Virus (FeLV) is a retrovirus, meaning that it uses an enzyme called […]

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Hot Spots In Pets

Poor Fritz. Wednesday night, between church and choir practice the preacher and his wife took me aside. Uh-oh! What had I done now? “Jim,” said Melinda, the pastor’s wife, “Fritz has this nasty place on the side of his head that he won’t leave alone. I have some Animax Ointment  at home that you gave […]

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Cats Must Be Indoors

I never get tired of standing on this particular soapbox. Cats need to be indoors. Even thirty years ago, when there really was what we used to call “country” and the nearest paved road was twenty miles away, male cats roamed ten or more miles to impregnate female cats and to fight with other males, […]

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Why Tiger Needs To Be An Indoor Cat

Today’s post is a cautionary tale of two cat diseases. Feline Leukemia Virus is known as “the disease of friendly cats” because it is transmitted from one cat to another through licking each other, sharing food and water bowls and litterboxes. Saliva, urine and stool all carry large amounts of virus and it easily passes from […]

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Anesthesia And Surgery In Older Pets: A Dutchess Update

Periodically I’d like to update you on some patients we’ve talked about in previous posts. Dutchess, the older dog with gum disease and two lumps that needed removal (original post here) arrived for her procedures today. As we were performing two soft tissue surgeries and dental prophylaxis all in the same day we needed extra […]

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Rascal Gives Love As He Wags His Tail

Today we have a really short but really touching story to tell. It’s stories like this that keep us going back to work for our patients and their pet-loving owners. Rascal came in for an appointment for an ear problem. His left ear had been itchy for a couple of days and this was the […]

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