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  • Posted by Dr. Nina Mantione on
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Posted by Dr. Nina Mantione on
    Staff Veterinarian and Underwriting Support of Petplan
This phrase always provokes a look of fear and concern from pet owners.  More than once I have seen it produce tears.  But I am quick to point out that a heart murmur is not necessarily the si...
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  • Posted by Dr. Nina Mantione on
    Staff Veterinarian and Underwriting Support of Petplan
I’m sure that most of us have experienced a stiff neck or back pain at some point in our adult lives. ( I know I have!)  If you have had neck or back pain before, you’re familiar with...
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  • Posted by Dr. Nina Mantione on
    Staff Veterinarian and Underwriting Support of Petplan
I’ve never been inspired to write a blog by a mosquito before. That is, until now. We were at the beach enjoying an evening walk by the ocean when the familiar whine and hum of these diabolical ...
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Visit your vet at least once a year to keep your pet protected from preventable diseases.