Puppies and Vaccines

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“Isn’t he adorable? We just got him this week, and he’s already had all of his shots.” Yes, the new pup is adorable, but he’s only nine weeks old, so it’s not possible for him to have had all of...
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Anemia in Animals, Part 5—Treatment for Anemia

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We try to identify anything in the environment that might cause the anemia via blood loss. In an instance of ingesting rat poison, for example, any source of poison would be removed.
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Anemia in Animals, Part 4—Diseases that Cause Anemia

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Anemia is not a disease; it is a sign of a disease. Whenever we have a pet that is diagnosed with anemia, we first need to determine if it is regenerative or nonregenerative. By doing this, we narrow the...
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How You Can Help Us Make a Diagnosis of Your Pet’s Problem, Part 6—Diarrhea

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On an almost daily basis at Long Beach Animal Hospital, we are presented with a dog or a cat that has diarrhea or a change in bowel-movement habits. As we all know, this is something that is not uncommon...
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How You Can Help Us Make a Diagnosis of Your Pet’s Problem, Part 5, Vomiting

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Vomiting, called emesis, is common in dogs and cats. Sometimes, vomiting is a normal part of being a dog or a cat; other times, it is the symptom of significant disease. Making a distinction can be difficult.
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How You Can Help Us Make a Diagnosis of Your Pet’s Problem, Part 4—Activity and Behavior

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The next parameter you should measure closely at home is your pet’s activity level. Again, during the warmer months, the larger pets and those with long and heavy hair coats might be lethargic because of the weather and not...
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How You Can Help Us Make A Diagnosis of Your Pet’s Problem, Part 3: Breathing

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In almost every case of significant respiratory disease, there will be an increase in the respiratory rate early in the course of the illness.
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How You Can Help Us Make a Diagnosis of Your Pet’s Problem, Part 2: Appetite

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Monitoring for any changes in appetite is the first sign in any observation of illness in a pet. The medical term for a complete lack of appetite is anorexia.
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How You Can Help Diagnose Your Pet’s Problem, Part 1

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Photo by Fotol Eldar. Diagnosing a disease in animals is quite the challenge, and we need to be like Sherlock Holmes at times. Our patients cannot talk to us, and they have substantially different anatomies and physiologies, with different...
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