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Diabetes in Dogs

It is usual for people to talk about having a family member diagnosed with diabetes, but what about when it is a furry family member who is diagnosed with diabetes?

Actually, diabetic dogs are not as unusual as people may think. Studies show that the number of diabetic dogs has tripled in the last thirty years and that the disease progresses 46% faster in dogs than in humans.

Addison’s Disease

Joyce and Gene Laiken were surprised when their family took them to a pet shop seven years ago. That may have been the best surprise they’ve ever received because that is the day Louie, a now 7 ½ year old tri colored beagle, joined their family.

Three years later, in December 2010, the couple noticed Louie wasn’t acting like himself.

Medicine Mix-Ups

Did you know that medication errors can happen just as easily to your pets as to they can to people? Prescriptions for pets are sometimes filled in the same pharmacies that serve human patients and errors can start with something as simple as abbreviations, especially as there are different systems taught in veterinary and medical schools,

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Annie’s Surgery

Annie is a 9 1/2 year-old spayed female mixed breed dog.  She can easily be described as a very feisty girl bursting with personality.  She is also very obedient according to her “mom” Alina.  Which is why it was very surprising that Annie ran into the street and was hit by a car on Friday,

More Quality Time with Pets Equals Happier Owners and Animals

According to The Book of Times: From Seconds to Centuries, a Compendium of Measures, a new book by Leslie Alderman, the average pet owner spends just about 40 minutes with their pet each day. While the amount of money spent on pets has increased significantly over the past decade, from $28.5 billion in 2001 to $53 million in 2012,

Sandy’s Bilateral Medial Patellar Luxation

Sandy is a 4-year old tiny Toy Poodle who is best described as very easy to love. She is the princess of the Torres house, where she is smothered with love daily. When Ms. Ana Torres, Sandy’s owner, noticed that she began to limp in late 2013, she did what she could and began to give Sandy anti-inflammatory.

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Don’t Let Pet Allergies Take the Fun Out of Summer!

As we prepare for summer by cleaning off the grill, finalizing vacation plans and ensuring we have our umbrellas ready for those afternoon rain showers, it’s important to also prepare our pets for the change in season.  Many skin ailments begin with the start of summer and can be triggered by multiple factors.  According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals,

The Problem of Pet Obesity

Unfortunately, obesity isn’t just an issue among humans in this country, but also among our furry and fluffy friends. In fact, recent reports have estimated that more than 50 percent of pets are now overweight.

Obesity can be caused by hormonal problems or genetics, but most often contributing factors include increasingly sedentary lifestyles,

Doggie Yoga

As pet owners, we all know that exercise and physical activity is important for animals, but did you know that dogs can do yoga?  Just like humans, pets can sometimes get stressed and they benefit from the stretching and posing taught through yoga.  In fact, Good Morning America just did a segment explaining the increasing popularity of this trend – you can check it out here – http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/video/doggie-yoga-exercise-involves-pets-18328097.

Geographic Differences in Pet Cancers

Did you know that geography plays a role in differences in cancer in our dogs and cats? These differences can be attributed mostly to environmental factors and detection rates between regions.

Dr. Karen Oberthaler recently moved here from New York City and has noticed some significant differences in her patients.  For example, because Florida is conducive to sunbathing (for people and pets!),