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Chronic Vomiting In Cats

As a board-certified veterinary internist, I often ask clients, “If you were vomiting once a week, would you consider this normal?” Certainly, most people would not. Yet veterinarians frequently hear clients speak of their cats vomiting “all the time” or “whenever he eats too fast,” often with the added disclaimer, “that’s just what he does.” The fact is, with the exception of an occasional hair ball, our feline companions

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Mushroom Toxicity in Pets

It’s fall- time to hit the trails, admire the colorful leaves, and enjoy the cooler temperatures. But while you and your dog are hiking through the woods, be on the lookout for mushrooms! Mushrooms? Yes, you read that correctly! North America is home to several thousand different types of mushrooms. The majority of them being benign and taste delicious. However, there are a few different species that can be

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General Post-Operative Care for Pets

We know it can be intimidating bringing your pet home after a surgical procedure. Don’t worry! Below we have addressed the five things you need to know for successful at-home care after surgery. 1. Activity Restriction Most animals’ activity will need to be restricted for 10-14 days after surgery while the incision heals. This means your pet should be confined to a small area where there is minimal furniture

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Can My Pet Eat Pumpkin?

It’s pumpkin spice season! Colorful leaves, cool temperatures, Halloween and all things pumpkin flavored — pies, lattes, ice cream, bread, pancakes, and even beer. As you indulge in this season’s pumpkin treats, you may wonder if your pet can indulge as well. Pumpkin is frequently touted as a healthy dietary supplement for dogs and cats, but does it work? And is it safe? Many veterinarians suggest adding canned pumpkin

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Why Does My Dog Shed in Autumn?

Finding dog hair everywhere? Feel like you’re constantly getting out the vacuum? Tis the season for dog shedding! A dog’s hair cycle timing is directly influenced by the amount of daylight hours which is why many dogs go through a shed as the seasons change. Now that it’s autumn in Minnesota, our dogs are shedding to prepare for the long, cold winter! When dogs shed, the hair follicle cycle

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Is My Dog Losing Her Hearing?

Is your dog barking excessively, sleeping more, not listening to your commands, or starting to have accidents in the house? These are all signs that she could be losing her hearing. Dogs that cannot hear (and therefore cannot respond to verbal commands) can seem like their behavior is changing, when in fact they are just adapting to a new world without sound. Why is my dog hearing impaired? Some

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What is Catnip & What Does It Do to My Cat?

As pet owners, we are constantly searching for new and exciting things to do with our furry companions. Most cat owners have heard of catnip and probably even tried it on their feline friend. The behavior changes in cats can be both entertaining and mysterious. I hope I am able to demystify this “magical” product for you. What is catnip? Catnip, or Nepeta cataria, is a perennial herb native

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Backpack and Lunchbox Dangers for Pets

Back-to-school means an increased possibility of pet toxins – especially dangerous backpack and lunchbox items! Parents, when your kids get home from school, remember to remove any items that are hazardous or toxic to Fido and keep all backpacks and lunchboxes out of your pet’s reach! Backpack Dangers and Toxins: 1. Pencils Non-toxic Wood can cause GI upset, obstruction or perforation of the intestines if eaten 2. Hand Sanitizer

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The 4 Most Common Labor Day Dangers for Pets

Labor Day is a holiday that, for many, involves outdoor activities, BBQs, family fun, and being in the sun. If you’re one of these people, and you have pets, below are safety topics to help you avoid a trip to the emergency vet! 1. Heatstroke As with people, heatstroke is a life-threatening condition, but it can easily be avoided with proper care and preparation. Heatstroke can happen in less

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Tips for a Cat’s Fear-Free Vet Visit

Taking your cat to the vet can be one of the most daunting tasks of cat ownership. Whether your cat hides under the middle of the bed or turns into the Tasmanian Devil, it can become a very frustrating experience for both you and the cat. Then frustration becomes frenzy as the appointment time approaches, and it seems impossible to put your cat in the carrier and arrive safely

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