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How to Deal With the Loss of a Beloved Pet

When you bring that bouncing bundle of energy known as a puppy into your home, you’ve made an enormous commitment. For the next ten or more years, this charming creature…

Regulating Diabetes in Cats

I recently euthanized a sweetheart of a diabetic cat. I’ll call him “Hans.” Hans had been diagnosed about three years ago, very early in the course of his disease, and…

Treating Diarrhea in Pets

Diarrhea in pets has a way of getting an owner’s attention. From the standpoint of the mess involved and the disruption to the household’s normal routine it certainly is a…

14 Questions and Answers About Tornadoes

A tornado is a violent rotating column of air extending from a thunderstorm to the ground. The most violent tornadoes are capable of tremendous destruction with wind speeds of up…

Veterinarians: Treating or Euthanizing

Pet owners are looking for veterinary care across the entire spectrum of what’s available. Some want what is the current “state of the art” regardless of price and prognosis. Others…

Can My Dog Get the Flu?

With all of this sickness going around, I wonder about my dogs. Can they get the flu?…

Dealing with Doggy (and kitty) Breath

We all have busy schedules and it can be a struggle to make the time to brush our pets’ teeth on a daily basis. Or, maybe you have a pet…

Critter Talk: When Good Horses Go Bad

I don’t want to drug my horse, but I’ll consider it for the short term if it helps him calm down and see this situation more rationally. I just can’t…

Critter Talk: Physical Therapy for Pets

People aren't the only ones who need physical therapy from time time. Our pets do as well.…

Defining an adoptable pet

Animal shelters are between the proverbial rock and a hard place. Many have limited resources and more animals in need of placement than people who are willing to adopt them.…

Critter Talk: Whelping Dystocia in Dogs

Dystocia means "difficult birth," and it can be an all hands on deck kind of emergency since we’re simultaneously dealing with mom’s health as well as that of a sometimes…

Critter Talk: Medication Errors Always Possible

I’ve read a couple of worrisome reports lately on the subject of errors in the filling and taking of prescription medications. One review found that people were more likely to…

Do you understand what’s in your pet’s medicine?

New medications are constantly being made available for our pets to help improve the safety and efficacy of veterinary medicine. But do you really know what goes on in the…

Critter Talk: Say NO to Homeopathy

Early in January the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) will be considering a resolution, submitted by the Connecticut VMA, to discourage veterinarians from treating their patients with homeopathic "remedies."…

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