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Feline Urethral Obstruction (“Blocked Cat”)

Urethral obstructions are life-threatening emergencies that can occur with our pets.  They commonly occur in male cats…

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Xylitol: What is it and how can it harm my pet?

Xylitol: What is it and how can it harm my pet? Xylitol is a sugar substitute that…

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Pancreatitis in Cats

Pancreatitis literally means inflammation of the pancreas. To understand how this condition could affect your pet, it…

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Thyroid Tumors (Adenocarcinoma) in Dogs

Though thyroid tumors in dogs are relatively uncommon, when they do occur, they are almost always malignant….

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Pulmonary Hypertension

Pulmonary hypertension (PH) is the term used to describe very elevated pulmonary arterial pressure. It is a…

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Pericardial Effusion (Fluid Around the Heart)

The most common causes for pericardial effusion include bleeding from a heart base or right atrial tumor…

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Bird Behavior – Discovering the Origin of Feather Picking

If you’re a bird owner, few things can be more discouraging than watching your once beautifully plumed…

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Spontaneous Pneumothorax (Free Air In the Chest Cavity)

Pneumothorax can happen due to a number of causes; however, the end result is the collapse of the lungs because of air…

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Megaesophagus

Megaesophagus refers to a syndrome in which the esophagus becomes weak and flaccid, subsequently becoming much larger…

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Hepatic Lipidosis

Hepatic lipidosis is a common cause of potentially reversible liver failure in cats due to the excess…

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