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    Food enrichment provides physical and behavioral wellbeing for the cat and enjoyment for the family.
  • Enrofloxacin (Baytril) Open link in new window
    This medication may be used in either dogs or cats to combat different types of infections, especially those involving Pseudomonas. Enrofloxacin is also active against Staphylococci, and thus is commonly used for skin infections.
  • Pregabalin Open link in new window
    Pregabalin has been used in human medication primarily for nerve pain and can be similarly used for pets. It came into veterinary use in 2024 when it was approved for cats needing help with transport anxiety.
  • Fentanyl (Duragesic Patch) Open link in new window
    The primary use of the fentanyl patch is to provide a continuous delivery of pain reliever to a patient with on-going pain. These patches are especially useful after a surgical procedure but are also helpful in the management of cancer pain, or after injury.
  • Estriol (Incurin) Open link in new window
    Estriol, which has been available to dogs in other countries for at least a decade, is relatively new for this use in the U.S.
  • Enalapril Maleate (Enacard, Vasotec) Open link in new window
    The ACE inhibitor group of heart failure medicines has doubled the survival of heart failure patients. This is the only ACE inhibitor approved for non-human use.
  • Lateral Ear Resection in Dogs Open link in new window
    The lateral ear resection is a conservative surgical approach for chronic otitis, meant for ears not yet at their end-stage, where it is thought that more efficient cleaning and better canal ventilation will help.
  • Subcutaneous Fluids Can Be Given at Home for Dogs and Cats Open link in new window
    Lots of animals require extra fluids, either temporarily or indefinitely, to insure that they receive adequate hydration. The technique is simple, but sometimes daunting to the beginner. Here is a pictured guide to assist with the learning experience of giving subcutaneous fluids to your pet at home.
  • Distemper (Panleukopenia) in Cats Open link in new window
    Feline distemper, caused by a parvovirus, is a life-threatening disease. The virus is considered ubiquitous, meaning it is in virtually every place that is not regularly disinfected. The infection is highly contagious among unvaccinated cats, usually kittens and young adult cats living in groups. Barn cats, feral colonies, animal shelter groups, pet stores, and rescue facilities are high risk for outbreaks.
  • Bedinvetmab (Librela™) Open link in new window
    Bedinvetmab (LibrelaTM) is indicated for the relief of osteoarthritis pain in dogs. 

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