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  • Allopurinol (Zyloprim) Open link in new window
    There is one reason to use allopurinol: to reduce uric acid in the blood stream.
  • Zinc Poisoning in Dogs and Cats Open link in new window
    Now that pennies are made of zinc instead of copper, swallowing them can be harmful to your pet. Many veterinarians are unaware of this syndrome and do not realize that pennies are far more than a simple foreign body. This is a recently described disease and many questions are still unanswered.
  • Practical Dental Care Tips for Dogs and Cats Open link in new window
    Neglecting your pet's oral hygiene can lead to pain and health problems. Here are some easy-to-follow tips on how to care for your pet's teeth without overwhelming yourself or your furry companion.
  • Colchicine (Colcrys) Open link in new window
    Colchicine is used in scarring diseases such as hepatic cirrhosis and in abnormal protein depositions such as amyloidosis.
  • Surgical Treatment for Feline Hyperthyroidism Open link in new window
    Considering that the average hyperthyroid cat is a geriatric patient with special potential for high blood pressure and heart disease, quite a bit of patient preparation is necessary to reduce anesthetic risk.
  • Pneumonia Management in Dogs and Cats Open link in new window
    Most people have heard the term pneumonia and know it is a lung infection of some sort. In fact, pneumonia is not a very specific term and essentially means "lung inflammation of some sort." Pneumonia is an inflammation in deep lung tissues where oxygen is absorbed into the body and waste gases are removed. It has potential to be life-threatening regardless of its cause.
  • Flatulence in Dogs Open link in new window
    Flatulence is a normal biological function.
  • Frequency of Joint Injections in Horses Open link in new window
    Injections to help alleviate pain from arthritis are commonly given to performance horses. But how often is too often? 
  • Pruritus Diagnostics in Dogs and Cats Open link in new window
    Itching, or pruritus, is the most common symptom of skin disease in pets. Many conditions can cause a pet to itch, including allergies, fleas, and other skin parasites.
  • Prophylactic Gastropexy in Dogs Open link in new window
    Commonly referred to as bloat, gastric dilatation and volvulus (GDV) is an often-fatal emergency that causes the dog’s stomach to distend and twist.

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