Pet Pain and Its Warning Signs

White poodle at the veterinarianSometimes, pets in pain mask their hurt so well that it can be difficult to discern – even for the most astute pet parent. And, there is good reason for this. In the wild, pain or injury might signal weakness and the risk of predation, so many animals – and therefore some of our pets – have evolved to disguise signs of distress.

When pain continues, not only does the pet have to suffer needlessly, but the disease or condition causing the pain continues to worsen. Treatable age-related issues may go unnoticed, leaving pets with a diminished quality of life. Continue…

Putting Your Finger on the Pulse of Heart Disease in Pets

Loyalty dogWe know all too well what big hearts our animal friends have. Sadly, though, pets suffer from heart disease just as people do. As a pet owner, it is important to have a feel for what heart disease might look like in your animals. As veterinarians, it is important for us to know the latest and greatest in treating heart disease in pets. Together, we stand a chance at fighting this problem.

 

 

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My Cat Needs a CAT Scan? Sorting Out Veterinary Diagnostic Imaging Techniques

Side view of female Dog X-RayThere are times when we simply need to take a look at what is going on inside your pet to get some answers. While the obvious solution to this would be to open up the patient and take a look, it isn’t always a practical option. No one wants to put their pet through anesthesia and recovery if they don’t have to. Enter the world of pet diagnostic imaging. Before you do a double take when we recommend that your cat might need a CAT scan, take a little time to learn about various veterinary diagnostic imaging techniques and why we use them. Continue…

Pets and Cancer: A Tutorial for Owners

aimss-iStock_000016342926_LargeAlmost everyone has been touched by cancer in some way, shape, or form. This horrible disease is all too common and far-reaching. Besides affecting people, cancer can also affect our pets. In fact, nearly half of all disease-related pet deaths each year are due to cancer.

With our animal friends developing this disease at nearly the same rate as the human population, understanding the relationship between pets and cancer is important for all owners. Continue…

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