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March 2018

Pet Heart Murmurs: Are They a Sign of a More Serious Problem?

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A veterinary checkup is a lot like a human checkup. A doctor examines the patient for overall health and wellness, making sure that all of the major systems are in working order.  As with human physicals, most of the time things are just fine. But, sometimes the examination reveals hidden symptoms, even in patients who seem perfectly healthy. One such symptom is a heart murmur, which can present itself in both healthy and unhealthy animals.  As a caring owner, just how concerned should you be if your pet is diagnosed with a heart murmur? What is a Heart Murmur? A heart murmur is an irregular heartbeat. When your veterinarian listens for a heart murmur with a stethoscope, they will typically hear an irregular whooshing sound in between your pet’s regular heartbeat.  That sound is caused by turbulent blood flow in the animal’s heart, and may or may not be cause…

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5 Benefits of Getting Your Pet Tested for Diabetes

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Diabetes is a chronic disease that affects more than 370 million humans worldwide, resulting in debilitating complications like nerve damage and blindness. What many people don’t realize is that dogs and other pets can also develop diabetes, which can significantly affect their quality of life. Fortunately, there are some telltale symptoms to watch out for and steps you can take to diagnose and treat diabetes in your pet. For example, there are certain dog behavior changes that may signal diabetes, like increased thirst and frequent urinary accidents. If you’ve noticed any unexpected pet behavior changes, seek veterinary attention as soon as possible to test for diabetes. What is Diabetes? Diabetes is a disease that occurs when the body is unable to produce enough insulin, a hormone made by the pancreas. Insulin’s job is to help glucose enter cells so it can be used for energy, but when the body doesn’t…

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How to Recognize the Signs of High Blood Pressure in Pets

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Watching your pet play, eat, and move around makes you feel good about your loved one’s well-being. However, when your pet is under the weather, you want to reach out and help in any way you can. Not knowing just how under the weather your pet is can lead to much uncertainty. For your peace of mind, contact your veterinarian today. One of the tell-tale signs of poor health is high blood pressure. Just as a doctor checks your blood pressure, a veterinarian keeps an eye on your pet’s blood pressure for normal rates, especially if your pet has other serious health conditions. What Causes High Blood Pressure in Your Pet? If your pet suffers from chronic kidney disease, it is likely your pet also has high blood pressure, or hypertension. This is because the kidneys are responsible for controlling blood pressure and can no longer do their job when…

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Is Your Pet at Risk for a Seasonal Urinary Tract Infection?

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During the winter months, the weather can make it difficult for people to stay active and energized. When the wind howls and your windows are frosted with ice and snow, the idea of going out does not always seem appealing. It is natural to want to curl up with a blanket and read a good book or binge-watch a T.V. series. Your dogs and cats like to curl up with you, too. However, this decreased activity level can put them at risk for a seasonal urinary tract infection. Why Are Your Pets at Risk? Decreased activity and lower temperatures yield less water consumption and, subsequently, fewer bathroom trips. If your pet suffers from arthritis and/or has weakened immune defenses due to age, depression, or past medical conditions like cancer, then your pet is a strong candidate for a urinary tract infection. Generally, urinary tract problems in cats are less common…

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Pet Eye Ulcers: What Causes Them and How to Treat Them

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Pet eye ulcers are a common eye injury in both cats and dogs. These ulcers are more specifically referred to as corneal ulcers, since they are found in the cornea of the eye. There are four layers of the cornea. The impactfulness of the ulcer depends on how many of these layers are affected by it. Superficial ulcers only affect the outermost layer on the cornea, and these usually heal within a week. Deeper ulcers involve more layers of the cornea, and can result in perforation of the cornea, loss of vision, and serious scarring. Melting ulcers and refractory ulcers are two other kinds of corneal ulcers that can affect your pet. Melting ulcers are a very serious condition that progress very rapidly. Refractory ulcers are superficial ulcers that do not heal as expected, and they also tend to keep coming back. Unfortunately, corneal ulcers cause great discomfort and irritation…

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