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A Day in the Life of a Veterinary Technician

Veterinary technicians are critical to the day-to-day function of veterinary practices, and play vital roles in preserving animal health and welfare. National Veterinary Technician Week provides an opportunity to recognize veterinary technicians’ contributions. Because we value veterinary technicians every day … Continue reading

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Show us Your Ticks!

If your dog or cat has a tick, we want it! We are asking you to help us investigate which ticks are infesting dogs and cats across the country. Did you know that both dogs and cats can be infested … Continue reading

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Are Food Allergies Overblown?

‘It’s probably not the food.’ Food allergies in dogs and cats are not as common as some people seem to believe. After examining the veterinary medical records of more than 3 million patients seen in 2016, the operator of more … Continue reading

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11 Myths About Feline Heartworm Disease

Myth #1: Cats are resistant to developing heartworm disease because they have a strong immune response. Reality: Prevalence rates in cats are only up to 20% that of canine rates in the same endemic region. The national prevalence rate in … Continue reading

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How Do I Know if My Cat is in Pain?

My cat is getting older, and I want to be sure to take care of her the best I can. People eventually develop arthritis and pain as they age, and I understand the same thing happens in cats. How can … Continue reading

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Heart Disease in Cats

What types of heart disease do cats get? Heart disease is a serious medical condition in dogs, cats and humans. Cats do not normally develop arteriosclerosis or coronary artery disease, which are both common diseases in humans. In general terms, … Continue reading

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Asthma and Bronchitis in Cats

My cat started having coughing spells. I thought she was trying to cough up a hairball. My veterinarian has diagnosed feline asthma and bronchitis. I didn’t know cats could have such a thing. Feline asthma affects a fair number of … Continue reading

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Degenerative Disc Disease in Dogs

What is a disc, and what is its purpose? The spinal cord is one of the most important and sensitive organ systems in the body. If it is damaged, the nerve cells do not regenerate but are replaced with fibrous … Continue reading

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Cystitis in Dogs

What is cystitis? By definition cystitis means inflammation of the bladder, and the term is used as a general description for any disease that causes inflammation. What causes cystitis? “A number of diseases and conditions can cause the inflammation that … Continue reading

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Dogs willing to reward others with food

Dogs are willing to reward others, especially dogs they are familiar with. Researchers from the Messerli Research Institute in Vienna have been testing whether dogs show signs of prosocial behavior—voluntary actions that benefit others. Originally, it was thought only humans … Continue reading

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