Feline Upper Respiratory Infections

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     If you have every had or currently have a cat, you have probably dealt with some upper respiratory issues. We have all been there…, sneezing, coughing, congestion, runny nose and eyes, and lethargy. Some cats even become febrile and anorexic because they feel so ill. These are so common that we often overlook some of the issues associated with upper respiratory disease. Continue reading

Make Vet Visits Happier Starting At Home

We learned that Sofie does best with: Thundershirt, Calming Cap, non-slip mat and Peanut Butter!

We learned that Sofie does best with: Thundershirt, Calming Cap, non-slip mat and Peanut Butter!

At Stow Kent Animal Hospital, Portage Animal Clinic and Stow Falls Pet Clinic we strive to make visits to the veterinary hospital less stressful for pets and their family. We utilize many tools at the hospital to make these visits more pleasant for our patients. Some of the products that we have implemented include: pheromones, food, music, non slip mats, towels, Thundershirts and Calming Caps. There are things that owners can implement at home prior to coming to the vet to help contribute to happy vet visits. Continue reading

Beware: Easter Dangers

easter post Whenever I’m on call on Easter weekend, I keep my toxic doses of chocolate and calculator close at hand. Most people know that many dogs like to sneakily indulge in this guilty pleasure just like humans.  Chocolates can cause mild symptoms like vomiting and diarrhea all the way up to heart problems and death depending on what kind of chocolate is consumed and how much. Wrapped candies present the additional hazard of creating a potential foreign body risk to the dog who consumed them. Continue reading

Pet Dental Cleanings: What Really Happens

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A dental procedure has more benefit than just cosmetic appeal.  Periodontal disease is a progressive disease of the supporting tissue surrounding teeth and the main cause of early tooth loss.   The bacteria associated with periodontal disease can also travel in the bloodstream to infect the heart, kidneys, and liver.  Often times we recommend dental cleanings for our patients and owners often times do not understand all that a dental entails. We would like to walk you through the steps of a dental procedure from beginning to end so that you understand what to expect when you bring your pet in for this procedure.  Before we can perform a dental on your pet we first need to see your pet and perform an exam of the mouth and teeth. Your pet’s dental disease will be judged on a scale from zero-four, zero being no dental disease and four being severe dental disease. Good dental health is important to the overall well-being of your pet. Continue reading

Demodicosis – Demodex mites

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Hi guys! Floyd here and I wanted to tell you about mine and Dr. Murphy’s friend,  Willie, and his skin condition that he had when he was just a young pup. The disease is called Demodicosis, which is an infestation of the skin with a specific skin mite (Demodex canis). It can make dogs very itchy, as well as cause hair loss, redness of the skin, and secondary infections. Cats can also get a similar disease, but it is usually caused by a different mite (Demodex cati or Demodex gatoi). Good news is, after some treatment and time, Willie is feeling much better now! Continue reading

Resolve to a Healthier Pet in 2015- Weight Management

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                Every year many people make a New Year’s Resolution to lose weight in the upcoming year, why not do the same for your pet? Why not lose the weight together? Obesity in dogs and cats can lead to a shorter life expectancy, diabetes, arthritis and an array of other medical conditions. Talking about weight loss with clients can often be a difficult conversation. Owners feel as though they bond through feeding their pet’s treats/table food. We do not believe that you need to completely stop giving your dog or cat treats. Just like in people, we need to be more cognitive as to the quantity and the types of treats that we are giving.  Did you know that for a 20 pound dog, eating just 1 hot dog is the same as a person consuming 3 entire hamburgers? Before putting your pet on a strict weight loss program or if you are unsure if your pet needs to lose weight contact your veterinarian. Well let’s resolve for healthier eating and exercise in 2015, shall we? Continue reading

Living (and Thriving) with Diabetes Mellitus

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Have you noticed Miss Fluffy spending a lot of time at the water bowl lately? She seems like she might be a little thinner too… could that just be age? When we as veterinarians hear things like this, our “Spidey-Senses” perk up and our minds start running through the possibilities. One such possibility for a senior dog or cat is diabetes mellitus, often just referred to as “diabetes”. Continue reading