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Allergy – General in Dogs

What is an allergy? An allergy is a state of over-reactivity or hypersensitivity of the immune system to a particular substance called an allergen. Most allergens are proteins from plants, insects, animals or foods. “…with allergies, the immune response can actually be harmful to the body. … Continue reading

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Avoiding Raw Food in Cats

I have read many things on the Internet suggesting that I should feed my cat raw food. I know my cat’s wild cousins hunt their food, so they eat their food raw. Is it OK for me to feed my … Continue reading

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Anaplasmosis in Dogs

My dog was diagnosed with anaplasmosis? What is it? Anaplasmosis is a tickborne disease caused by the infectious bacterial organism Anaplasma phagocytophilum. It is transmitted through bites of the deer tick (also known as the black-legged tick) and western black-legged … Continue reading

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Acute Kidney Failure in Cats

What is acute renal failure? Acute renal failure (ARF) or acute kidney failure (AKF) refers to the sudden failure of the kidneys to perform normal filtration duties. This is not the same as the much more common form of kidney … Continue reading

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Caesarian Section

Most animals give birth without any complications. However, mothers occasionally need help with delivery. We usually attempt to resolve the problem using medical therapy first, but when that doesn’t solve the issue, we will perform a caesarian section. During a … Continue reading

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Local Anesthesia

If your pet is having a minor surgical or diagnostic procedure performed, we sometimes use a local anesthetic to help control pain. For example, when we perform a biopsy (in which a small portion of tissue is surgically removed so … Continue reading

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Dentistry

Imagine what your mouth would feel like if you never brushed your teeth or went to the dentist. For many dogs and cats, this is a painful reality. According to the American Veterinary Dental Society, more than 80% of dogs … Continue reading

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