Pet Pointers

We both want healthy animals. Here are some tips to ensure your pet is healthy, happy and strong.

Lily Toxicity in Cats
Lily plants are highly toxic to cats. The flowers are beautiful, but even small amounts of the flower or plant can cause kidney failure in cats. Toxicity can occur even when your cat eats less than one leaf. All parts of the plant is considered toxic, even the pollen. Bathe your cat immediately if they
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Rattlesnake Vaccination
It is estimated that 300,000 dog and cats are bitten annually in the United States by venomous snakes. Dogs are up to 500 times more likely to be bitten by a venomous snake than to get rabies. The rattlesnake vaccine is designed to reduce the likelihood of death, permanent injury and severe pain caused by
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Pet Jaw Fractures
Unfortunately, jaw fractures are very common in pets, and they are almost as frequent in cats as they are in dogs. And they aren’t only caused by major traumatic injuries! At I-20 Animal Medical Center, we usually see them after a fight or a collision with an unmovable object (tree, fence, car, etc.), but that
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Oral Cancer in Dogs and Cats
Oral cancer is very rare in humans but very common in dogs. It has been estimated that seven percent of all cancers in dogs are oral. As with all cancers, early detection and screenings are critical for treating oral cancers. As a pet owner, you should routinely check your dog or cat’s body for bumps,
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Teeth Cleaning
This is a cat that has so much tartar build up on the teeth, you can’t even recognize the back teeth as teeth. It is just a calculus blob. Red, swollen gums, bad breath and tartar covered teeth is how dog presents on his cleaning visit. Very unhealthy. This is what clean healthy teeth and
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Temporomandibular Joint Dysfunction in Pets
Temporomandibular dysfunction is not a common condition in dogs especially, but we do see cases on occasion at I-20 Animal Medical Center. The main symptoms of Temporomandibular dysfunction are refusing to open or close the mouth, resisting eating anything hard or exhibiting tenderness around the jaw muscles or sides of the head. Your pet may
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Restorative Options For Your Dog or Cat
Our Radiology Department utilizes the most advanced digital technology available, and helps our team provide rapid diagnostic assessment of pets requiring medical or surgical care. Digital Radiodiagnostic Services (S-rays) Include: Diagnosis of Fractures Assessment of trauma Patients for Internal Injuries Diagnosis of Collapsing Trachea in Small Breed Dogs Contrast Urogenital Imaging Upper GI Studies Assessment
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Intra Oral Camera
Very few animal hospitals have this unique tool for examining the entire mouth. An intra-oral camera is a high tech tool that human dentists use to examine, under high magnification, tissues, cracked teeth, lesions, and decay. It also allows us to capture the images and/or save them to the record or print out a copy
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In-House Laboratory Diagnostics
A complete In-House Laboratory provides blood test results without doctors having to send blood to an outside laboratory service. The ability to obtain rapid test results is at times literally lifesaving with critical patients and emergencies. With any surgery, whether a scheduled routine surgery or an emergency surgery, preanesthetic blood tests are highly recommended to
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CUPS (Chronic Ulcerative Paradental Stomatitis) in Pets
Chronic ulcerative paradental stomatitis, or CUPS, is a relatively common and frustrating condition seen in dogs, though it is not as common as stomatitis in cats. It is an extremely painful condition, so it is no wonder dogs with CUPS lose their appetites! It is often called “the kissing disease” because it occurs where the
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