Heartworm in Dogs, Part 1: Overview

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With mosquito season now upon us, it is time to think about heartworm in dogs. This is a serious and potentially fatal disease that occurs in the United States and other countries.
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Snail Bait (Metaldehyde) Poisoning

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With the warmer weather and people tending to their gardens more, slugs and snails are on people’s minds, and it’s time for a timely reminder about a springtime toxic danger.
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Service Dogs and Emotional Support Animals

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As defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), service animals are trained individually to perform a specific task for disabled persons. These animals include dogs or miniature horses only; they guide the visually impaired, alert the hearing impaired,...
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Incoordination in Dogs and Cats (Ataxia)

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Sometimes, you might see your pet walking like a drunken sailor, a comical scene in a piteous sense. If it happens on rare occasion, it is nothing to worry about. When it occurs consistently, it needs to be addressed....
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Acetaminophen Toxicity in Dogs and Cats, Part 2: Diagnosis and Treatment

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If your pet is brought to us within a short time after ingestion, we will induce vomiting. We do this by giving a drug called apomorphine. It can be given through an IV or as a drop on the...
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Acetominaphen Toxicity in Dogs and Cats, Part 1—Symptoms

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Acetaminophen actually can be given to dogs when used at a proper dose, although there are many new anti-inflammatory drugs used in dogs that are more effective and have fewer side effects, so we don’t recommend a dose of...
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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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