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Archive for January 2014

Frostbite in Dogs and Cats


Areas across the United States are facing exceptionally cold winters this year. Because of this, news broadcasters are frequently speaking of the importance of bundling up and protecting your skin from frostbite, which is localized damage to skin exposed to the cold. Frostbite can occur at temperatures of 32 degrees Fahrenheit (0 degrees Celsius) and…

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Marijuana Toxicity in Pets


As of this article, two states, Colorado and Washington, have legalized marijuana for recreational use, and a proposal to do so is under consideration in the state of Alaska.  While it is unrealistic to think people are not using marijuana in states where it is illegal, this growing legalization movement is certain to bring marijuana…

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Does My Pet Need a Specialist?


General practice veterinarians are typically able to handle the majority of your pet’s needs. However, over the last twenty years, there has been a great increase in veterinary school graduates choosing to participate in residency programs leading to an area of specialty. The result is that you now have a number of options for specialized…

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Arthritis in Cats


Unfortunately, arthritis is a common ailment in older cats.  While there can be challenges distinguishing arthritis from other ailments via x-ray, studies have estimated that 60-90% of cats over age 12 have some form of degenerative joint disease. There are two types of arthritis common in cats.  The first, osteoarthritis, occurs when the cartilage that…

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