What you need to know about heart murmurs

What is a murmur?

A murmur is an abnormal noise produced when there is turbulent blood flow within the heart.  This noise is detected when using a stethoscope to listen to the heart during the physical examination. Continue reading

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Red, White and Boom!

The 4th of July is full of fun and celebration for us but most of our pets would disagree. During festivities like cookouts, swimming, parades, bon fires and fireworks many pets get away from their owners. Making the 5th of July the busiest day of the year for rescue organizations and shelters, they fill up quickly with dogs and cats that have managed to get away from their owners. Sam hiding There are many things you can do to ensure your pets are safe, sound and comfortable. Continue reading

Collecting Urine and Stool Specimens

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Let’s talk about urine and stool samples! We often ask you to bring in these samples so we thought we should provide you with some EXPERT tips!

If you schedule an appointment for your pet that includes problems urinating, urinating blood, etc. then it is always best to try to collect a sample prior to your visit. If you are unable to do so then it is best to offer water prior to the visit and have pets cross their legs on their way in. If it is a cat then offering water and placing them in a carrier a half hour or so prior to your visit can help to ensure they will will have a full bladder. This way the staff is able to collect a sample if necessary.

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