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Cruciate Ligament Injury

Cruciate ligaments are a pair of ligaments inside each of your dog’s knees. When functioning properly, they stop the knees from twisting or overextending. But when the ligaments become injured, it can be very painful for your dog —many dogs even refuse to walk on the injured leg. (Dogs and cats both have cruciate ligaments, but most […]

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How to Keep my Pets Bones Strong and Healthy

Just as a healthy lifestyle program (e.g. exercise and good nutrition) can be beneficial to humans, taking measures to maintain bone and joint health helps your pet. Most bone and joint disorders do not have a cure, so you should follow the instructions of your veterinarian regarding management options. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t […]

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Hip and Elbow Dysplasia

What is Hip Dysplasia? Hip dysplasia (HD) is defined as a deformity of the coxofemoral (hip) joint that occurs during the growth period.  Hip dysplasia is a hereditary condition that creates a poorly fitting hip joint.  As the dog walks on this joint, arthritis will eventually develop, causing pain in the joint.  The degree of […]

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Helping Your Cat with Arthritis

A diagnosis of arthritis in your cat can feel devastating and even overwhelming. After all, we know that arthritis is a progressive, degenerative disease that will worsen over time. By most estimates, 90% of cats over age 10 are affected by arthritis, making it one of the most common chronic diseases they face. Once a […]

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Healthy Bones, Joints and Muscles

Bone, muscle and joint disease can affect pets of all ages. And sometimes it’s hard to spot! But left unchecked, a minor problem may become a serious issue. Without his musculoskeletal system, your dog would just be a furry blob on the ground! The health of his bones, connective tissues and muscle are factors that […]

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Caring for the Senior Cat

There are now more pet cats than dogs in the North America. Improved nutrition, prevention of infectious disease and advances in veterinary medical care have resulted in pets living longer and healthier lives. In North America, over the last ten years there has been a 15% increase in cats over ten years of age and […]

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Be Gentle- I Know My Dog is Old

“How old is he?” “Wow. They don’t live much longer than that, do they?”  “Have you thought about putting him down?” When your dog is old and sick, the end is pretty much all you can think about. Your heart is breaking and you’re preparing yourself to come to that decision in a way that […]

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Thanksgiving Pet Safety Tips

In the spirit of attempting to prevent a Thanksgiving Day disaster in your home, here are some common exposures that we encounter during the week of Thanksgiving. Fatty foods such as butter, bacon, fatty meat drippings, gravies and meat scraps may seem harmless but can pose very real threats of pancreatitis. Pancreatitis is an inflammation of […]

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Behavior Problems of Older Pets

It is not unusual for behavior problems to develop in older pets and often there may be multiple concurrent problems. It is also important to note that some of the changes associated with aging may not seem significant, but even a minor change in behavior might be indicative of underlying medical problems or a decline […]

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