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  • Posted by Dr. Nina Mantione on
    Staff Veterinarian and Underwriting Support of Petplan
Your vet has just told you that your dog has torn his cruciate ligament, a part of his knee (stifle) joint, located on his rear legs. Now it’s time to discuss treatment options. But first – y...
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  • Dr. Nina
  • Posted by Dr. Nina Mantione on
    Staff Veterinarian and Underwriting Support of Petplan
  Have you ever noticed a cloudiness in the eyes of your older pet? A foggy appearance that occurs, not on the surface of the eye, but deeper within the internal structures? Your first thought may b...
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  • Dr. Nina
  • Posted by Dr. Nina Mantione on
    Staff Veterinarian and Underwriting Support of Petplan
  As a mom to four children and several cats and dogs, I thought it would be fun to share some experiences I have had over the years. For parents of new babies Dogs will not bark, ever, until yo...
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  • Dr. Nina
  • Posted by Dr. Nina Mantione on
    Staff Veterinarian and Underwriting Support of Petplan
  As I entered the exam room, Annie sat politely at her owners’ feet, her face the picture of innocence. Her tail tapped the floor in a polite greeting. “Dr. Mantione, we are 100%&nb...
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  • Posted by Dr. Nina Mantione on
    Staff Veterinarian and Underwriting Support of Petplan
  Biopsy is a word that is thrown around a lot in medicine. There is an old adage in medicine that says, “If it’s important enough to remove then it’s important enough to biopsy.&rdquo...
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  • Dr. Nina
  • Posted by Dr. Nina Mantione on
    Staff Veterinarian and Underwriting Support of Petplan
In my previous blog post on diagnostics, I touched on the usefulness of the CBC, but the CBC only gives us information about blood cells. It does not tell us about the rest of the body’s functions. To...
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  • Dr. Nina
  • Posted by Dr. Nina Mantione on
    Staff Veterinarian and Underwriting Support of Petplan
  A physical exam and medical history is, of course, the most important part of any visit to your veterinarian, but when your pet isn’t feeling well it may be time to bring in the help of diag...
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  • Dr. Nina
  • Posted by Dr. Nina Mantione on
    Staff Veterinarian and Underwriting Support of Petplan
Every time I hear fireworks on the Fourth of July, I can’t help but remember “Lady,” a dog who nearly met with a tragic end after bolting in fear from fireworks. This is a true story tha...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
Puppies are like little furry balls of energy, and they can easily run circles around you on any given day. But there are two painful bone conditions that can stop even the rowdiest puppies right in their t...
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  • Posted by Dr. Kim Smyth on
    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
Most pet parents can probably pick out their pet’s unique “voice.” But have you ever thought about what gives your pet his voice? Like humans, your pet has a larynx, or voice box, that p...
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