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Weight Loss and Obesity – Pet of the Week

  • January 4, 2013
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By: Andrea Marshall Meet Callie! I first met Callie about a year ago, because she was limping and very painful in her hind end. When she arrived for her appointment, she weighed in at 74.7 lb. Callie’s exam with her veterinarian showed that her body condition score was measured at 8 points on a scale Continue Reading

Weight Loss and Obesity – Obesity in Pets

  • January 3, 2013
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Obesity and Pets By: Dr. Courtney Sherlock It is common knowledge that our society is becoming more and more obese every year. Unfortunately this trend is also occurring with our furry family members as well. Although there is not always a connection between obesity in owners and obesity in pets, these animals are getting larger Continue Reading

Weight Loss and Obesity – Effects of Obesity

  • January 2, 2013
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Effects of Obesity If your pet has a weight problem, it may be very detrimental to its health; and is responsible for many chronic medical problems. Problems Associated With Obesity Include Arthritis, “Slipped Disc,” and torn or strained ligaments. Respiratory problems associated with endurance and exercise. Heart problems from overwork. Liver Disease. Dystocia – difficulty Continue Reading

Weight Loss and Obesity – Weight Loss Programs

  • January 1, 2013
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Get with the Program! By Coleen Pride At E.P.V.V.H., we offer two weight loss programs for your pet. Many pet owners may notice, especially in the winter months, that their pets tend to gain weight. This may be due to lack of exercise (snow, salt etc…), or too many calories. ‘Project Pet Slim-down’ and the Continue Reading

Pet Health Insurance – Sheldon’s Story

  • January 1, 2013
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This story actually happened before Sheldon ever got injured. I had two cats at the time, Sheldon and Spencer. The whole pet insurance idea was something I heard about, but wasn’t very interested in at first, but that all changed when Spencer got sick, and the only way we would’ve been able to have a Continue Reading

Making Cat Nail Trims Fun!

  • December 12, 2012
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By: Dr. Karen Keizer If possible start training your cat when they are young to enjoy having their nails trimmed. Find a treat you kitten/cat really likes. Get your clippers out, and let your cat smell them and then give him/her a treat. I prefer this style of nail trimmers. I often sit on the floor and Continue Reading

Special concerns with Senior pets

  • November 1, 2012
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By: Dr. Courtney Sherlock November is senior pet month! Let’s celebrate our special silver furry friends. Arthritis: Did you know that 100% of cats over the age of 15 years have signs of osteoarthritis? Most people are aware of this condition in dogs but it is not one that is typically associated with cats. As Continue Reading

Reading Pet Food Labels

  • October 12, 2012
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By: Dr. Courtney Sherlock Three things must be present on a pet food label. Ingredient List: This lists all the ingredients that goes into making the food. They are listed in descending order by PRE-COOKED weight; the heaviest being first. Once the foods are cooked the weight can decrease greatly. For example most meats are Continue Reading

It’s A Jungle In Here

  • October 3, 2012
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Indoor Cats Need Stimulation, Exercise To Thrive By Dieter Kohlmaier, DVM Domestication of the cat occurred between 8,000 and 10,000 years ago. Despite this history, these common household pets have retained many instincts that served them well in the wild – and we need to understand these innate characteristics to avoid serious behavioral and health Continue Reading

Common Toxins for Pets

  • September 21, 2012
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HUMAN TREATS CAN BE DANGEROUS FOR PETS There are a number of things around your house that can be deadly to your cats and dogs, some you may know, and some may be surprising. Some are even in your kitchen cabinets and refrigerator. Dr. Dorothy Black, clinical assistant professor at the Texas A & M Continue Reading