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  • Posted by Dr. Nina Mantione on
    Staff Veterinarian and Underwriting Support of Petplan
I know it sounds crazy, but I really do have a favorite disease.  I like this disease because it is relatively easy to diagnose, inexpensive to treat and the response to treatment is dramatic. I ...
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  • Dr. Nina
  • Posted by Dr. Nina Mantione on
    Staff Veterinarian and Underwriting Support of Petplan
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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  • Dr. Nina
  • 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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  • Dr. Nina
  • Posted by Dr. Nina Mantione on
    Staff Veterinarian and Underwriting Support of Petplan
Dental disease is probably the most common abnormal physical exam finding I see in both dogs and cats.  From mild to severe, I encounter dental tartar, inflamed gums, record-breaking bad breath and loo...
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  • Dr. Nina
  • 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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  • Dr. Nina
  • 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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  • Dr. Nina
  • 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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  • Dr. Nina
  • 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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  • Dr. Nina
  • 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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  • Dr. Nina
  • 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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