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The Dark Side of Dog Parks: Bite Wounds in Dogs

If your pet has severe or multiple injuries after a dog bite incident, this is considered “RED” – or a true emergency – on our Fast Track Triage system. We advise you to seek immediate veterinary care. Please call ahead of your arrival so the veterinary team knows to expect you! Note that a small wound or laceration with no signs of current infection are considered a “YELLOW” –

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How to Know if Your Pet is Experiencing Respiratory Distress

If your pet is having difficulty breathing, this is considered a “RED” – or true emergency – on our Fast Track Triage system. We advise you to seek immediate veterinary care. Please call ahead of your arrival so the veterinary team knows to expect you! Remove any neck collars or facial restrictions such as muzzles.   If your pet is having difficulty breathing caused by heat, learn more here.  Seek

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Common Causes & Symptoms of Cardiomyopathies in Dogs & Cats

Cardiomyopathies are diseases of the heart muscle, and they can affect dogs, cats, humans, and a multitude of other species. There are different types and causes of cardiomyopathies, which is why it’s important for pet parents to work with a family veterinarian or board-certified veterinary cardiologist to determine a diagnosis and treatment plan. If you have concerns about your pet’s heart health, here is information regarding common causes and

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Why is My Dog Peeing Blood?

Note that straining to urinate or blood in urine for a dog is considered a “YELLOW” – or semi-urgent case – on our Fast Track Triage system. We recommend your pet be seen by a veterinarian within 24 hours. When there is snow on the ground, it is easy to see the color of your dog’s urine, which makes it easier to spot problems. But if you see red

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Fur-Tunately: Stories of Animal Survival | Episode IX | Frank the Pug and the Bladder Stone

Lethargic, not eating, vomiting, large (and painful!) bladder, straining to urinate. More accurately, no urination at all – since Frank, a three-year-old Pug, hadn’t peed in twenty-four hours. These symptoms, plus Frank’s elevated kidney values on bloodwork led our emergency team to a quick diagnosis of urinary obstruction. But what was the cause of the obstruction? Our team suspected a bladder stone. But the tricky part in Frank’s case

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Five Veterinary Radiology Imaging Options for Pets

Diagnostic imaging and radiology are an essential part of veterinary medicine. Imaging ties together components of the physical exam and bloodwork to provide the veterinary team with a better idea of what doesn’t look right. The types of images your veterinarian needs depend on your pet’s problem, but they may involve x-ray, ultrasound, CT, MRI, or fluoroscopy. It can be confusing to know why your veterinary team would choose

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Potential Mardi Gras Pet Dangers

Happy Mardi Gras, or “Fat Tuesday”! Mardi Gras is celebrated with parades, brightly colored festivals, and delicious food. Many also overindulge in a select bad habit before sacrificing that habit for the six weeks of Lent to follow. Whether you choose to bring your dog to local festivities or enjoy favorite traditional Mardi Gras dishes and sweets at home, keep your pets safe from these potential Mardi Gras pet

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Recognition and Management of Feline Idiopathic Cystitis and Urinary Obstructions in Cats

If your male cat is straining to urinate or has blood in his urine, these are considered “RED” – or true emergencies – on our Fast Track Triage system. We advise you to seek immediate veterinary care. Please call ahead of your arrival so the veterinary team knows to expect you! Note that straining to urinate or blood in urine for a female cat is considered a “YELLOW” –

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Top 5 Things Pet Owners Need to Know about Periodontal Disease

The term periodontal translates to perio which means “around” and odontal which means “tooth”. Periodontal disease is the loss of the support structures around teeth, such as gums, jaw bones, ligaments, and tooth sockets. This is caused by oral bacteria, plaque, and tartar that lead to inflammation. Often, periodontal disease results in chronic pain and infection, as well as bad breath and tooth loss. Since this disease is the

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How to Tell if Your Pet Has Ingested a Foreign Body

If you know or strongly suspect your pet ingested a foreign body that is causing illness, this is considered an “ORANGE” – or urgent case – on our Fast Track Triage system. We recommend having your pet see your family veterinarian or local animal emergency hospital within the next 12 hours. Please call ahead of your arrival so the veterinary team knows to expect you! Note that a foreign

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