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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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Diabetes in Dogs and Cats

Diabetes in Dogs and Cats by Ben J. Character, DVM Diabetes mellitus is a common problem that results in trouble regulating blood glucose (blood sugar) levels.  In the normal animal, the pancreas produces insulin after a meal, which allows the sugars to be metabolized correctly.  If an animal has diabetes, this process is disrupted. The […]

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Vomiting and Diarrhea

Vomiting and Diarrhea by Ben J. Character, DVM The gastro-intestinal (GI) tract has many functions.  Obviously, it is a major component of the digestive process, but it also has a role in maintaining hydration and preventing the introduction of disease.  The most common presentation of gastro-intestinal upset are the clinical signs of vomiting and/or diarrhea.  […]

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Urinary Tract Infections

Urinary Tract Infections by Ben J. Character, DVM If a common occurrence at your home is an empty water bowl and frequent trips to that special tree or litter box, then your pet may be suffering from a urinary tract infection.  Urinary Tract Infections (also referred to as a UTI) occur more frequently in female […]

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Rat Poison Dangers

Rat Poison Dangers by Ben J. Character, DVM One of the most common bleeding disorders in dogs is also the most easily prevented. This problem is from the ingestion of poison designed for mice and rats. Rat poison works by preventing the body from producing certain clotting factors, which disables the whole clotting system, causing […]

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