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All of the recent advances in veterinary diagnostics and treatment technologies mean nothing unless a pet is enjoying a high quality of life. For years I’ve lectured to veterinarians on st...
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    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
We’ve discussed intestinal parasites several times before, but we haven’t touched on one particularly hardy parasite called Cryptosporidium.  Cryptosporidium are single celled...
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    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
Veterinarians get asked for random pet advice outside of the office daily, whether it be from friends, family members, or complete strangers on the street. It’s considered an occupational hazard...
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    Staff Veterinarian and Pet Health Writer of Petplan
We’ve talked many times previously about heart disease in both cats and dogs. Dogs usually make it a little easier for us veterinarians to spot because they tend to follow the book in terms of heart d...
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While working in the clinic last week, I had one of my favorite patients (and clients) come in to see me – let’s call them Perfect Kitty and Mrs. Observant. Perfect Kitty was in for a routi...
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Pets don’t get old – at least they don’t know it. Yesterday, we talked about how to keep pets’ mental health sharp. For our final blog in this series, I suggest you help your pet get...
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Pets don’t get old – at least they don’t know it. Yesterday, we talked about the importance of paying attention to subtle signs that can indicate sickness. Today we turn our attention to m...
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Pets don’t get old – at least they don’t know it. Yesterday, we talked about the importance of diet and exercise. Today we tackle intuition. Rule 5: Subtle Can Be Significant If you...
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Pets don’t get old – at least they don’t know it. Yesterday, we talked about the importance of nutrition in senior pet health. Today we look at diet and exercise. Rule 3: Less Food E...
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Pets don’t get old – at least they don’t know it. Yesterday, we talked about the importance of senior wellness testing. Today, we tackle nutrition. Rule 2: Consider Food and Suppl...
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Visit your vet at least once a year to keep your pet protected from preventable diseases.