Hypertrophic Osteodystrophy

Hypertrophic Osteodystrophy (HOD) is a condition of young dogs. The cause of HOD is unknown. It has been reported in young, rapidly-growing dogs since the 1930s. Signs can range from local pain near the growth plate of a long bone…

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…

If You MUST Re-treat

Mrs. Smith called about Smoky. She said Smoky’s ears started acting up again like they did in 2008, and since it was the same thing she used his old medicine to start treating them again. But they aren’t getting better…

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Defining Small Animal Practice

Small animal practice is a term that has nothing to do with the size of dogs and cats we veterinarians will see as patients. In this case, “small” separates practices that serve dogs, cats, rabbits, mice, rats, ferrets, sugar gliders,…

Cats Will No Longer Fear The Carrier

Do your cats scatter for the hills when you drag out the cat carrier? What if they no longer associated the carrier with travel, but considered it to be an everyday household item? That’s what we have turned our Maxx’s…

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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…