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  • Posted by Dr. Nina Mantione on
    Staff Veterinarian and Underwriting Support of Petplan
Edgar came in to see me this past week.  Edgar is a 17-year-old orange tabby cat with a gentle nature and a loud motor.  His owner was concerned because he had lost quite a bit of weight in the ...
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  • Posted by Dr. Nina Mantione on
    Staff Veterinarian and Underwriting Support of Petplan
Some days it seems like every dog I see is positive for Lyme disease.  I work in a region of the country that has an abundance of ticks, and with ticks comes an abundance of Lyme disease.  I...
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  • Posted by Dr. Nina Mantione on
    Staff Veterinarian and Underwriting Support of Petplan
For the past week, I’ve been up to my elbows in vomiting and diarrhea (thanks to the corn cob fiasco) and so I thought now might be the time to write about gastroenteritis. I’m pretty...
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  • Posted by Dr. Nina Mantione on
    Staff Veterinarian and Underwriting Support of Petplan
Did you know that September is disaster preparedness month?  Would you be prepared to evacuate in the case of a disaster?  Would you plan to take your pets with you? The aftermath of Hu...
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  • Posted by Dr. Nina Mantione on
    Staff Veterinarian and Underwriting Support of Petplan
Have you ever seen a skinny old cat who eats voraciously and still manages to lose weight? What about an elderly cat who has traded napping in the sun for pacing and meowing through the house all day?...
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  • Posted by Dr. Nina Mantione on
    Staff Veterinarian and Underwriting Support of Petplan
I know it sounds crazy, but I really do have a favorite disease.  I like this disease because it is relatively easy to diagnose, inexpensive to treat and the response to treatment is dramatic. I ha...
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  • Posted by Dr. Nina Mantione on
    Staff Veterinarian and Underwriting Support of Petplan
A veterinarian friend just sent me a video she made, starring her cat and dog,that I have to share.  And while I realize I recently wrote a blog about obesity, I can’t stress enough the importanc...
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  • Posted by Dr. Nina Mantione on
    Staff Veterinarian and Underwriting Support of Petplan
The old dog that needs help getting up.  The young pup who runs with a bunny-hopping gait.  Hind limb lameness. Hind limb muscle atrophy. Reluctance to climb stairs or hop into the car. These...
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  • Posted by Dr. Nina Mantione on
    Staff Veterinarian and Underwriting Support of Petplan
“Hey Doc, can you check his teeth, his breath could kill an elephant. . .” As I moved closer to look in the dog’s mouth I realized he wasn’t exaggerating.  With some trepidation...
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  • Posted by Dr. Nina Mantione on
    Staff Veterinarian and Underwriting Support of Petplan
My friend called me the other day.  Her sweet, 100% housebroken young dog, Annie, had urinated in the house four times that morning.  She also mentioned that Annie was peeing frequently outside ...
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