The Vet Is In

  • Chocolate Is No Treat for Dogs

    With Halloween right around the corner, we would like to remind all the readers that certain types of candy can be toxic to your pets. Please keep all candy up off the ground so the temptable innocents (children and pets) will stay away from excessive amounts. I have found that the top of the

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  • What to Do if Your Pet's Been Poisoned

    Last week, we talked about keeping toxic substances out of your pet’s reach on Halloween, and the week before that, we wrote an

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  • Does Your Pet Need the Vet? General Signs to Watch For

    With the huge variety of species people keep as pets, and their inability to talk to us, it is sometimes difficult to know when your pet is ill enough to seek medical attention. Since many pets with serious disease are brought to us with the disease already entrenched and difficult to treat, it

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  • The Canine-Human Connection

    The bond between people and their pets is a very special one, often as fulfilling for many people as their human relationships are. Most pets are considered members of the family, so the connection between people and their pets is well worth understanding. While most people love their furry

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  • Does Your Pet Need an Eye Exam?

    Eye problems are very common in animals. There might be a problem only with the eyes, or the eyes could be an indication of a problem elsewhere that is showing some effects on the eyes. Since the eye is an important and sensitive organ, an exam is warranted if your pet has any of the following

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  • Pancreatitis in Pets: Watch the Holiday Diet!

    Thanksgiving has come and gone, and some of us are still serving leftovers. And of course, there’s that long haul of days from now to Christmas to New Year’s Eve parties. However you celebrate, please don’t feed or allow your pets to eat human food related to the holiday.

  • MRSP, the Feline and Canine Equivalent of MRSA

    Since MRSA (pronounced “MER-suh”) made it into the vernacular in the human medical community, there have been many questions about MRSA in dogs and cats.

  • Pets and Pot—A Blunt Discussion of Marijuana Use for Animals

    With the recent passage of marijuana laws in many states, including California, there are questions about the herb’s use in animals, particularly dogs. There is tremendous anecdotal evidence that the active ingredient (THC) in marijuana is of medical value in alleviating many maladies in

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  • Cats, Stress and Anxiety

    Cats have been domesticated for such a long time that humans may be unaware of their innate instincts. When cats were first kept as pets, they roamed freely and had plenty of room to do their “cat” thing. They could eat, sleep, and hunt as they chose, and they could even decide what cat

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  • Poinsettias—Beautiful, but Poisonous to Pets

    Poinsettias are very popular during the Christmas season. But the milky-white sap found in the plants contains a potentially poisonous chemical.

  • Rabbits, Bacteria and Calcium

     Like many animals, rabbits get bacterial infections. One of the more common ones is pasteurella; you can read more about it on our website.

  • The Sneezing Cat

    How does a cat that has been indoors all of its life and not exposed to other cats suddenly look miserable, with reddened, runny eyes; nasal discharge; sneezing and a fever, all due to an upper-respiratory infection?

  • Reducing the Risk of Respiratory Infection in Cats

    Stress is certainly a factor in disease transmission and outbreak in cats. For new feline additions to the household, a “soft intro” is best—that is, providing a separate environment for the new arrival and allowing a very slow introduction to any resident cats and dogs.

  • Panleukopia, a Deadly Feline Disease

    Panleukopenia (Latin for a decrease in all of the white blood cells), also known as feline parvovirus, is a feline disease that is rare in our community thanks to vaccines. But it has been diagnosed in several cases recently.

  • PDA—Congenital Heart Disease in Dogs

    A puppy will sometimes have a heart murmur that is found during its first exam. Some of these murmurs are harmless and go away as the puppy matures. In some cases, the murmur is a sign of a disease called patent ductus arteriosis (PDA). This disease is most commonly seen in the German

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  • Potbellied Pigs—Part 1

    Originating in Vietnam and Thailand in the 1960s, mini-pigs were developed primarily as food. After importation into Canada in the 1980s to be put on display in zoos, they became a fad pet in the United States. We see them periodically at LBAH.

  • Potbellied Pigs—Part 2

    Last week’s article focused on the genesis of pig-mania and tips for the care of one of them if you live in an area that permits ownership. This article further explains some of the tips introduced and tells you about dealing with some of the conditions that make little piggies go “Wee, wee,

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  • Antifreeze Poisoning—How to Recognize and Avoid It

    Come spring, you may change the antifreeze in your car’s radiator. A small amount of radiator fluid accidentally left in the gutter or in an open recycling container can be toxic to cats and dogs.

  • Allergic Reactions

    When the immune system is working normally, it reacts to foreign "invaders," which are things that could be dangerous to the body, such as viruses and bacteria.

  • Snail-Bait Poisoning

    Metaldehyde is the toxic compound in snail and slug poison. It is in the form of a palatable liquid, powder or pellets. When eaten by dogs or cats—it’s rare that cats ingest it, but there’s always the chance—it causes central-nervous-system dysfunction.