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  • Posted by Dr. Nina Mantione on
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“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 n...
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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 ...
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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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  • Posted by Dr. Nina Mantione on
    Staff Veterinarian and Underwriting Support of Petplan
We had a rabies scare in our office a few days ago. Again.  This time, it was an unvaccinated outdoor cat was brought in after developing neurologic signs that caused concern in two women and a small...
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  • Posted by Dr. Nina Mantione on
    Staff Veterinarian and Underwriting Support of Petplan
Yesterday, one of my colleagues voiced to me his frustration about the fear of sedation.  He wanted to sedate a dog in order to properly flush its badly infected ears.  This would be the medically...
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