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In developing fetal dogs and cats, the testicles are located near the kidneys.  A structure called the gubernaculum connects each testicle to the scrotum and is responsible for guiding the testicle t...
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    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
Every day, life-threatening illnesses or accidents occur that require blood transfusions.  When humans have this need, their doctors can easily look to blood banks to supply them with lifesaving bloo...
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Follicular dysplasia is an inherited condition in which there is abnormal hair growth.  Affected pets may have hair that is prone to breakage, color change, abnormal retention, or decreased growth ra...
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It seems as though there’s a pill for just about every psychological problem that ails us humans. Increasingly, those drugs (or versions of them) are also being used to treat our four-legged family ...
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Yesterday, I told you about who MRSA infects and where it comes from. Today, I’ll tackle diagnose and treatment of the infection, and dish some tips for keeping your family safe. Fortunately, d...
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For this week’s blog, I have been asked to discuss a topic that is critically important to the health of the entire family. We are going to be discussing the subject of MRSA:  methicillin resis...
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    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
Cytauxzoon is a protozoal organism that is transmitted by ticks and causes big, big problems for cats. It is most commonly seen in cats who live in the south central and southeastern United States, althou...
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She looked up at me with the most soulful beseeching eyes. As if to say why?   And, no more.   And as always, I love you.    She was my “godchild,” a rescue Chih...
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Yesterday, we talked about what exactly Alopecia X is, and which breeds of animals are most affected. The condition is diagnosed based on breed, history, clinical signs and ruling out other possible cause...
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When I was working in Virginia, I had a wonderful client who had a clan of rescued Pomeranians.  One of her Pomeranians in particular, started to develop a very dry and brittle hair coat that progres...
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