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

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