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Corneal sequestrum (brown/black plaque in a cat’s eye)

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Corneal sequestrum is an unusual and unique disorder affecting the cornea of cats. A brown-black plaque forms in the corneal tissue, often causing significant discomfort. The cause of the problem is not known. Persian and Himalayan breeds are affected most frequently, but any breed can develop this problem.

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Hypothermia Emergencies

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With the first snowfall, we know winter is here and likewise, the risk for our pets to suffer from hypothermia. Here is what you need to know to prevent or deal with pet hypothermia. Signs Shivering (excessive, relentless), lethargy, weakness, inability to use limbs. Action Move your pet away from the wind and cold into…

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Eye Emergencies in Pets

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Common clinical signs of an eye emergency include squinting, discharge/tearing, redness, swelling, bleeding, different pupil size.

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Ear Emergencies in Pets

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Common clinical signs of an ear emergency include scratching at ears, shaking head, whining, head tilting, swollen/puffy ear flap, strange odor or discharge from ear(s).

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Air Travel With Pets

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Air travel with pets is not without risk. Each month, the U.S. Department of Transportation issues a consumer report on air travel. This report includes sections on lost baggage, overbooking, customer complaints and airline reports of incidents involving the loss, death or injury of pets during transport. Last year, airlines reported a total number of…

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Cardiac Emergency in Pets

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Signs of a Cardiac Emergency Some of the clinical signs of a cardiac emergency include collapse, weakness, exercise intolerance, bluish or gray gum color, and rapid/slow heart rate. Action If your pet starts to show signs of a cardiac emergency, seek veterinary care immediately, as such emergencies are often life threatening. Limit your pet’s activity;…

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Respiratory Emergencies

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Canine Snout Image Courtesy of Kurgo.com Preventing pets from chewing or swallowing foreign objects cannot always be possible. Do you know what do in the event of a pet respiratory emergency? Here are the basics that could save their life.  Signs Collapse, weakness, bluish or gray gum color, rapid or shallow breathing. Action Call and…

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Neurological Emergency

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Signs of a Neurological Emergency Some of the clinical signs of a neurological emergency include an inability to use limb(s), unable to stand, circling, seizures, head tilt, and general abnormal behavior.   Action If your pet starts to show signs of a neurological emergency, seek veterinary care immediately. Neurological diseases are difficult to treat and…

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