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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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  • Dr. Nina
  • 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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  • Dr. Nina
  • 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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  • Dr. Nina
  • Posted by Dr. Nina Mantione on
    Staff Veterinarian and Underwriting Support of Petplan
I have a soft spot for giant breed dogs.  Not just the Rotties and the Shepherds, but the truly giant of the giants. I love the Great Danes and Mastiffs that I see somewhat infrequently in my pra...
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  • Dr. Nina
  • Posted by Dr. Nina Mantione on
    Staff Veterinarian and Underwriting Support of Petplan
As I write this blog, my dog Ben has his head firmly planted on my lap, just in case I plan to go anywhere.  One of my other dogs, June, is at my feet, occasionally poking me with her nose, as if to ...
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  • Dr. Nina
  • Posted by Dr. Nina Mantione on
    Staff Veterinarian and Underwriting Support of Petplan
There’s no denying that cats are terrific pets.  They are self-sufficient, quiet and world class cuddlers. Of course they are opinionated, bossy and self centered too! Living with a cat is kind...
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  • Posted by Dr. Nina Mantione on
    Staff Veterinarian and Underwriting Support of Petplan
It was 102 degrees out a few days ago.  So hot that even my shivery little Chihuahua, normally a dedicated heat seeker, was panting.  Now, that’s hot! That kind of extreme heat is no j...
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