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Renal Failure in Cats

Posted on 07-26-2017

Renal failure in cats (also known as kidney failure) is very similar to renal failure in dogs. The signs often go unnoticed until more advanced stages of the disease. Up to 75% of the kidney funct...

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Renal Failure in Dogs – Causes and Symptoms

Posted on 05-01-2017

 Renal Failure in Dogs – Causes and Symptoms Symptoms of renal failure in dogs can go unnoticed at the start of the disease process. Substantial damage to the kidneys need to...

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Dog Seizures – What To Do

Posted on 03-20-2017

Dog seizures can be a very frightening event to watch. These dogs may suddenly fall over on their side, paddle their legs or hold their legs out rigidly and tremor. The movements may be less sever...

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5 Most Common Cat Behaviour Problems

Posted on 02-21-2017

Bad cat behaviour can be mysterious to many people. Many times, changes in your cat’s behaviour can be an indication of an underlying medical issue that needs to be addressed and can often b...

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Cushing’s Disease in Dogs: 5 Common Symptoms

Posted on 01-31-2017

Hyperadrenocorticism, also known as Cushing’s Disease, is a relatively common endocrine disease found in older dogs. The disease is most commonly caused by a benign tumour in the pituitary g...

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Top 6 Causes of Blood in Your Dog or Cats Stool

Posted on 12-23-2016

Blood in the stool of your dog or cat can be a very scary thing to see. In humans, this is often a serious issue. However, bloody stool of dogs or cats can be from a variety of causes, not all of ...

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The Top 5 Causes of Dog and Cat Coughing

Posted on 11-30-2016

The Top 5 Causes of Dog and Cat Coughing Coughing is a common problem in dogs and occasionally can occur in cats as well. The most common cause of dog coughing is infectious tracheobronchitis &ndas...

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5 Reasons Your Cat or Dog is Limping

Posted on 10-20-2016

Cats and dogs could be limping for many reasons. These reasons depend on the age of the pet as well as overall health. It is important to remember limping is a sign of a disease, not a disease...

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The Top Four Causes of Cat or Dog Bad Breath

Posted on 09-20-2016

Bad breath, known medically as halitosis, is a common problem in dogs and cats. Most often a cat’s or dog’s bad breath is a problem strictly related to their mouth – but it can a...

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Does Your Cat Have Blood in its Urine? 5 Reasons Why and When it is an Emergency

Posted on 08-25-2016

Blood in your cat’s urine is never normal and always needs to be assessed as soon as possible. If your cat is urinating normally, you do not need to rush into an emergency clinic. Howev...

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The Top 5 Reasons Your Dog is Licking or Chewing Her Paws

Posted on 06-22-2016

Spring and Summer are the seasons when we typically see more chewing and licking of paws in dogs. In no particular order, the most common causes of dog paw-licking or chewing are: Environ...

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Dog & Cat Sneezing: The Top 7 Causes

Posted on 05-16-2016

Spring has arrived and with it, allergy season. Like humans, pets can have seasonal allergies which can cause several symptoms including sneezing in cats as well as dogs. If you have a cat or dog ...

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How Much Is Dog Teeth Cleaning?

Posted on 02-03-2016

A common question I am asked is, “How much is dog teeth cleaning or cat teeth cleaning?” This is a great question because it means my client has identified a problem that needs tre...

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Constipation in Cats and Dogs - How to Help Them Go

Posted on 01-05-2016

Constipation in dogs and cats is not as common as most people think. Many times when we see our dog or cat straining to pass feces, they are actually experiencing diarrhea. With diarrhea they stra...

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Yeast Infection in Dogs: What Causes It and How to Prevent It

Posted on 08-11-2015

Yeast infections in dogs are common and usually caused by an organism called Malassezia pachydermatis. The most common place to find a yeast infection is in a dog’s ear although you can...

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Best Wet Cat Food

Posted on 06-04-2015

The best wet cat food is the one your cat will eat! This might sound insincere, but with the exception of  some of the “junk food” out there, it is true. It is because cats...

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5 Symptoms of Diabetes in Cats

Posted on 04-28-2015

There are a few key symptoms of diabetes in cats that you should be on the lookout for. They are: 1) Drinking more. Cats with diabetes will have an insatiable thirst. You will notic...

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Cat and Dog Diarrhea and Vomiting

Posted on 03-18-2015

Cat and dog diarrhea and vomiting are common problems with a wide variety of causes. The question is when does a cat or dog’s diarrhea or vomiting become an emergency? Dog Vomiting ...

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Common Symptoms of Cancer in Dogs

Posted on 02-04-2015

Dogs with cancer can have a variety of symptoms depending on where the cancer is. The most common symptoms of cancer in dogs are noted in the following list, which is not all inclusive and not...

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How to Tell If Your Dog Has a Bladder Infection

Posted on 01-08-2015

Bladder infections in dogs are common for females and uncommon for males. The location of the female dog’s urethra predisposes it to contamination with fecal bacteria. The shorter length...

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Arthritis in Cats and Dogs

Posted on 12-09-2014

Arthritis is a common problem that can affect dogs and cats of any age. It can be due to injury, infectious disease, immune mediated disease, and abnormal bone development. Cancerous chang...

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Ebola in Dogs and Cats

Posted on 11-11-2014

Ebola is a terrifying viral disease that has gripped the news headlines. Recently questions have been raised about whether pets such as dogs or cats can become infected and then transmit Ebola...

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Urinary Tract Infections in Cats

Posted on 10-09-2014

Frequency of Urinary Tract Infection in Cats A urinary tract infection in cats is not common.  Less than 5% of young, healthy cats will develop an actual urinary tract infectio...

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Preventing and Treating Ear Infection in Dogs

Posted on 09-11-2014

Ear infection in dogs is one of the most common illnesses that I see.  Dogs with an ear infection can show a variety of presenting signs.  They may shake their head or scratch th...

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10 Common Dog and Cat Symptoms That Go Unnoticed

Posted on 07-31-2014

Both cat and dog symptoms are often hard to see and diagnose as these animals have evolved to avoid showing any sign of weakness or sickness.  In the wild, the sick are taken as a meal by pre...

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How to Recognize Kennel Cough Symptoms

Posted on 06-27-2014

Kennel cough (or canine cough) is a general term used to describe dogs that have come down with one of the organisms that cause coughing in dogs.  Kennel cough symptoms usually include a mild...

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The Importance of Tick Repellents for Dogs

Posted on 06-09-2014

Spring is here and so is the tick.  Previously, Alberta has luckily avoided many of the tick borne diseases that have plagued other parts of the world.  This is no longer the case as...

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When To Get Cats Fixed

Posted on 05-09-2014

Cat owners often ask me when to get their cats fixed (spayed or neutered). Many rescue societies will get kittens fixed when they are less than six months of age, sometimes as young as 6 weeks old...

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The Best Diet Food for Fat Cats

Posted on 05-07-2014

Fat cats!  What’s not to love?  How about diabetes, arthritis, heart, skin and urinary problems all resulting in an increased risk of early death!  All of these are ca...

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6 Easy Ways to Choose a New Veterinarian

Posted on 04-14-2014

It’s not as easy as it may seem to find a great veterinarian – like everything, some are better than others. When it comes to something as important as health care for a member of ...

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