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All Posts in Category: Small Animal

Breeding Cycles of Dogs and Cats

Breeding Cycles of Dogs and Cats by Ben J. Character, DVM The dog and cat, for all their similarities, have very different estrous cycles.   The average dog will come in heat twice per year,  about 6 months apart.  The heat cycle generally lasts about 4 weeks, with the 2nd week usually being the week of […]

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New Puppy and Kitten Well-Care

New Puppy and Kitten Well-Care by Ben J. Character, DVM   Is there the pitter-patter of FOUR little feet in your home?  If so, congratulations on your new puppy or kitten!  Each will have a variety of different needs to be addressed as they grow over the next year.  It is important to get your […]

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Hip Dysplasia

Hip Dysplasia by Ben J. Character, DVM Hip dysplasia is a common and controversial skeletal condition that affects many dogs.  Any of the large breed dogs (dogs weighing greater than 50 lbs.), and occasionally, a smaller breed dog can have problems with this disease. Commonly affected breeds include the German Shepherd, Labrador Retriever, Rottweiler, and […]

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Renal Failure in the Older Pet

Renal Failure in the Older Pet by Ben J. Character, DVM A common problem experienced by older cats and dogs is the decreased function of the kidneys, also known as Renal Failure.  When this occurs in an older animal, the most common cause is the gradual replacement of normal tissue with scar tissue. Other causes […]

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Geriatric Care for Your Older Pet

Geriatric Care for Your Older Pet by Ben J. Character, DVM Due to advances in human and veterinary medicine, our pets are living longer and healthier lives. Because of this, we have learned that our older pets have special needs. There are several things to consider in the care of your older pet. A common […]

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Antifreeze Toxicity – What You Should Know

Antifreeze Toxicity – What You Should Know by Ben J. Character, DVM   Traditionally, antifreeze used in engines contains the chemical ethylene glycol (EG).  If EG is ingested by an animal, it can cause serious damage and/or death. Surprisingly, it is the by-products of the EG metabolism, not the EG itself, that is toxic.  Because […]

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