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Don't Wait Until the Last Minute!

Nov 29, 2017

 
 
Paper Trained
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Scott Sandeman, D.V.M.
 
The holiday season can be a time many pets receive vaccinations in anticipation of boarding both for their protection and the protection of the other pets in the facility. Ideally, pets should have received their vaccinations at least two weeks prior to boarding for best immunity.…

To Pull or Not To Pull

Nov 14, 2017

 
 
Paper Trained
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Scott Sandeman, D.V.M.
 
Q)   We had our 10 year old calico Samantha examined and vaccinated last week.  At her appointment, her doctor said she had a cavity, the cavity was painful and the tooth will likely need to be removed.  We are OK with her having her teeth cleaned but we certainly don’t want any…

Those Poor Ears

Nov 09, 2017

 
 
Paper Trained
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Scott Sandeman, D.V.M.
 
Q.)  Hi. I have a 5 yr old pitbull who has been getting ear infections since he was a puppy. In the past, antibiotics and topical medications have worked. Recently, they have been much more serious, causing complete loss of balance, rapid eye movement, etc. I have taken him in…

SKUNK!!!!!

Oct 16, 2017

 
 
Paper Trained
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Scott Sandeman, D.V.M.
 
Fall means outside time for many of our pets before they are cooped up for a long winter.  Wild animals also are out and about as well and that increases the risk of contact between Spot and vermin.  One such encounter EVERYONE wants to avoid is a nose to the tail with our black…

How to Help Houston

Sep 14, 2017

 
 
Paper Trained
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Scott Sandeman, D.V.M.
Disasters like we are witnessing in Houston and the surrounding areas always cause us to pause and count our blessings.  We know that no matter where we live and raise our families a flood, a fire, an earthquake may disrupt our lives like the unfortunate residents of southern Texas. 
Most…

Check the Chip!!

Aug 14, 2017

by
Scott Sandeman, D.V.M.
 
A lost pet is devastating for all involved.  Microchipping your pet-the relatively inexpensive and benign insertion of a rice grain sized chip just below the skin-does some amazing things to make sure a lost pet doesn’t stay lost.  For example, cats that are microchipped are 20 times more likely to be returned to their owners while…

Eye Love You

Aug 10, 2017

 
 
Paper Trained
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Scott Sandeman, D.V.M.
Newly adopted kittens may suffer from upper respiratory or eye infections from any number of viruses and bacteria.  One infectious agent that can cause squinting and discharge from affected eyes belongs in the family of Chlamydia bacteria. 
This Chlamydia infection is different from…

Don't Litter!

Jul 20, 2017

 
 
Paper Trained
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Scott Sandeman, D.V.M.
 
Fixed by five sounds like something you want to hear from your neighborhood car mechanic when your transmission goes out.  For veterinarians and cat owners, this catch phrase refers to new recommendations to have all cats-male and female-neutered or spayed by 5 months of age.
This…

It's Just Plain Hot Out!

Jun 13, 2017

 
 
Paper Trained
by
Scott Sandeman, D.V.M.
 
The danger of leaving a child or a pet in an unattended car should be obvious to us all as summer temperatures climb into the 80’s and 90’s.  Unfortunately it’s not necessary for these extreme temperatures to arrive to pose a threat that can be life threatening.  Here are some…

Got Milk? You Shouldn't!

May 23, 2017

Paper Trained
by
Scott Sandeman, D.V.M.
 
Q.)  We are feeding our 7 week old toy poodle a mixture of rice cereal, skim milk and puppy food.  Our breeder started her on this but it’s really a mess-can we switch her to puppy food soon?
A.)  Adding infant foods or milk to a puppy’s diet is a common practice among breeders as they attempt…

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