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How Long Before I can Go Play?

Nov 01, 2016

 
 
Paper Trained
by
Scott Sandeman, D.V.M.
 
        Q.) My 8 year Huskie-Shepard mix has kennel cough.  Jacob feels fine and is running around like crazy in the back yard.  I have been trying to keep him away from Simon, our rat terrier for at least a week-is that long enough so he doesn’t get it to?   Both of them had been…

Itchy Kitty!!

Oct 15, 2016

 
 
Paper Trained
by
Scott Sandeman, D.V.M.
 
While fall is prime time for allergies with pets, other factors may be responsible for discomforting skin disease in cats and dogs that is not caused by pollens and molds.
In the case of cats, food allergies can play a significant but overlooked role in contributing…

Ear Surgery

Oct 13, 2016

 
 
Paper Trained
by
Scott Sandeman, D.V.M.
 
      Q.)  After dealing with one ear infection after another my veterinarian thinks it’s time for surgery on our 7 year old Westie.  Sugar really suffers, especially during the fall with itching and shaking her head.  We have treated her for all types of allergies but the ears…

Don't be Fooled by Dog Food Advertising

Oct 06, 2016

 
 
Paper Trained
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Scott Sandeman, D.V.M.
 
    It’s not hard to find pet foods proclaiming their superiority over other brands by not including corn as an ingredient.   Not only will the exclusion of corn in the food be prominently displayed on the packaging but corn may also be disparaged in their marketing as“filler”…

UTIs and Crystals in Dogs

Sep 01, 2016

 
 
 
Paper Trained
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Scott Sandeman, D.V.M.
 
       Q.)  Carly has had two bladder infections since we adopted her a couple of years ago.  The first time, she was really uncomfortable until we could get her into our veterinarian.  Almost immediately, she got better on the antibiotics and we didn’t have…

Check the Chip! Your Pet's Microchip!

Aug 18, 2016

 
 
Paper Trained
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Scott Sandeman, D.V.M.
This past week included a celebration of “Check the Chip Day”- a time set aside by both The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) to make sure that pet owners not only have their pet’s microchipped but have kept their contact information…

Cognitive Dysfunction Syndrome in Dogs

Aug 11, 2016

 
 
Paper Trained
by
Scott Sandeman, D.V.M.
 
For some owners, the blessing of having your dog live a long life may be tempered by behavior issues that can have a profound effect on how we live and interact with our senior pets.  In many cases, a thorough exam and diagnostic workup will reveal physical abnormalities that could…

Weeping Eyes, Sneezing in Cats

Aug 08, 2016

 
 
Paper Trained
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Scott Sandeman, D.V.M.
Q.)  Our 4 year old long hair cat Dora has been treated twice in the last year for tearing in one of her eyes.  It seems painful for a few days until we start antibiotics from our veterinarian and then she seems to heal within a week.  The last time she could hardly open her eye but still could…

Nursing Kitty Back to Health

Aug 04, 2016

 
 
Paper Trained
by
Scott Sandeman, D.V.M.
 
Pets like people don’t like to be in the hospital. Unfortunately, some situations require advanced life support, special monitoring or nursing care to assist patients to respond to treatment.  Cats in particular may resent hospitalization and stop eating or become agitated to the…

Helping Cats Live Longer

Aug 01, 2016

 
 
Paper Trained
by
Scott Sandeman, D.V.M.
 
Cats live longer now than ever-thanks in a large part to the dedicated care of their owners.  Medical and nutritional advancements have also played a role and helped many cats live well into their teens and even twenty’s.   One of the more common problems in senior cats is kidney…

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