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Tag Archives: veterinarian

Bloat and GDV: What Is It and Why Is It So Bad?

November 24, 2015

What is “bloat” or GDV? What is commonly called “bloat” (known medically as gastric dilatation and volvulus, or GDV) is the sudden and painful expanding of the stomach, accompanied by a shift in the normal position of the stomach. It is a surgical emergency and is seen very commonly in dogs. Unfortunately, it kills very quickly unless surgery is performed. There is no way to…  

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Canine Influenza: What’s All the Fuss About?

July 23, 2015

It’s been all over the news lately – canine influenza. What is this bug and where did it come from? Is it a real threat to pets, or just media hype? I’ll try and answer some of those questions in this post. The influenza viruses cause a condition known as the “flu” from the shortened version of the virus name. The flu, in many species,…  

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When the Food Won’t Stay Down: Gastroenteritis in Pets

July 16, 2015

One of the most common reasons that pets end up in the veterinary hospital or ER is due to vomiting and diarrhea, known medically as gastroenteritis. While trauma and poisonings are common and more dramatic, this sometimes simple, sometimes complex condition accounts for a big percentage of vet visits. In some cases, the cause can be serious, or elude diagnostics tests, or require hospitalization or…  

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Be Prepared: Vet Emergencies

July 06, 2015

Pet emergencies happen every day, and being prepared is important! When in doubt about the need to seek medical attention for an injured or sick pet, always err on the side of caution. Don’t delay in seeking veterinary care if you think there could be a problem. Better to be dead wrong about a minor medical problem than to have a pet that’s dead because…  

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