Pet Pointers

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

Feline Odontoclastic Resorptive Lesions
In human medicine, these lesions are called external (outside) or internal (inside the tooth) resorption. How and why these occur is still a mystery in human and feline medicine. We do know that for some strange reason, when these resorptive lesions occur, the cells that form a tooth all of a sudden attack the cementum
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Feline Stomatitis
Feline stomatitis is a frustrating and prevalent condition in cats. Although there is no known single cause of this condition, the outcome is painful inflammation of the oral cavity and gingival tissue. The inflammation is a result of immune cells infiltrating the tissue. Treatment for feline stomatitis is often limited and may consist of steroids,
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Pet Oral Infections
Pet oral infections can be divided into three main categories depending on their source. Periodontal involvement is the most common source of infection we see at I-20 Animal Medical Center. Pets and humans lose far more teeth to gum disease than to cavities! The next most common oral infection is an abscessed tooth. This occurs
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Pet Pointer: Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (Feline Aids Virus)
The Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV) poses no public health threats because the virus is species-specific, affecting only cats. The major cause of transmission in cats is through bite wounds although there is evidence that FIV can be transmitted casually among cats who live together in close proximity. Queens that become infected during gestation may transmit
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A Warning About Snakebites! by Dr. Cindi Welch
Normally snakes stay out of our way – the dislike that humans hold for snakes is pretty much mutual. Twice a year we see a rise in venomous snakebites – in the spring and in the fall. As the weather starts to cool down, snakes look for a place to overwinter, and slither up to
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Antifreeze Toxicity
Antifreeze contains a substance, ethylene glycol, which is very toxic to kidneys. It is also very sweet, which is the tragic reason so many pets are poisoned by it each year. Since antifreeze is similar to alcohol, the first thing you might notice about a pet who has recently ingested it is that they stagger
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Common Household and Garden Plant Toxins
A basic list of some of the common household foods and plants that you need to keep out of reach from your pet! Causes gastrointestinal signs Daffodil Apple Baby’s Breath Wild night shade Dutchman’s Breecher Boxwood Castor Bean Dieffenbachia Earth Lily English Ivy Foxglove Holly Pokeberry Tomato CNS (Central Nervous System) Azalea- Pinpoint pupils Black
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Can I get Worms from my Dog?
The following questions about potential health risks intestinal parasites may pose for people are frequently asked at I-20 Animal Medical Center. Understanding the risks and how parasitic infections can be transmitted to people is key to ensuring your family’s health. What is parasitic zoonosis? The definition of zoonosis is: “a disease of animals that may
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Heat Stroke Alert!
If you own a dog, please read carefully. We have had 5 heat stroke cases this past week at I-20 Animal Medical Center (3 pets were euthanized because of the severity of heatstroke). These are heartbreaking cases, because the owners of these pets had no idea that it could be so easy for their four-legged
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Preventing Pet Emergencies
Pet emergencies are sudden and unexpected, and usually happen when we least expect them. Many of the emergencies we see in dogs and cats can be prevented. Below are ways to prevent some of the most common emergencies we see in veterinary medicine. Should my pet be eating that? Know which foods your pets should
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