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  • Dec 18 2015

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    Pain Identification in Cats

    Pain In Cats   Cats are one of the most difficult species to appreciate pain.  Most species try to hide any evidence of pain- since they could be a target for predators!  Also, pain is extremely subjective, and can be very difficult to measure. What are some signs we can use to tell if a cat is in pain? A broken bone is an obviously painful process, but other issues such as arthritis or stiffness can be more difficult to evaluate.  With arthritis specifically, the first signs we usually see is a hesitation to jump onto high heights.  Instead, they…

  • Nov 27 2015

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    Keeping our pets safe this winter

    When the snow and ice starts accumulating, you may want to think twice about throwing down the rock salt. Salts dissolve the surface of melted snow and ice and help keep us safer from slip and falls, but contact with paw pads can cause skin to dry and crack, and can cause irritation. Worse than skin irritation, ingesting (eating or licking) rock salt directly or off paws or from melted puddles of snow can cause major issues.  Salts can irritate the stomach, leading to vomiting, diarrhea, and GI discomfort.  In large amounts, salts can cause neurological issues such as seizures,…

  • Nov 10 2015

    Toys, toys, toys! How do I know which to buy?!

    A world of choices!  Which are the best for my pet?  There are several factors we must take into account to make sure your dog or cat doesn’t eat their toy. Each pet is different and in determining what type of toy is the best for your animal, you need to keep in mind the following things.  What is the size of your pet’s mouth?  It is quite obvious that a toy the size of a ping pong ball is not a good idea for a Great Dane.  The same can be said for a normal sized football for a…

  • Sep 18 2015

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    Help! My Pet is Overweight

    Did you know: A 1 ounce cube of cheese to a 20lb dog is the equivalent of a person eating 2 ½ hamburgers or 1 ½ chocolate bars! The most common disease in pets is not cancer or diabetes, it is obesity.  I recently went out of town for a few weeks, leaving my dog with my parents.  Upon our return, my mother whispered to me, “Your father gave Pepper a few extra treats here and there. He told me it is a grandparent’s prerogative”.  We love our animals through food, it’s a large part of how we bond with…

  • Sep 10 2015

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    “Trim Claws for a Cause” on Sept 27, 2015

    Does your pet need a manicure/pedicure, and you would like to help a great cause? Join us at South Windsor Animal Hospital on Sunday, September 27th from 2-4pm for our 4th annual “Trim Claws for  Cause“! In exchange for human canned goods for the Downtown Mission (4 cans per pet nail trim, please), we will be providing nail trims for dogs, cats, and pocket pets. Additionally, we will have: – The LeeLee Hats group teaching us how to loom hats to be donated to babies in the local Neonatal ICUs – Shawn from My Pet’s Butler to answer questions about…

  • Aug 21 2015

    Summer Safety Series: Intestinal Parasites (WORMS!)

    Ever thought about what it would feel like to have worms living in your intestines? Most of our dogs or cats could tell us, since these parasites are extremely common especially in puppies or kittens.  The mother cat or dog can pass on parasites while the animal is developing in the uterus, they can ingest them in the milk, or when they are exposed to their parent’s feces. With adult dogs, intestinal parasites can be easily picked up from the park when a dog either sniffs or licks another dog’s feces, the area where another dog’s feces has been, or…

  • Aug 03 2015

    Yellow Dog Project

    The Yellow Dog Project Many people may have heard about “The Yellow Dog Project”, a global movement for owners of dogs that need space. (http://theyellowdogproject.com/)  It is as simple as having a yellow ribbon tied on a leash as a signal to others to give this dog space and do not approach.  Of course, an obvious reason to use the yellow ribbon would be for an aggressive dog to have space from other dogs or unfamiliar people, but there are so many other applicable situations.  For example, dogs who have recently had surgery and need time to heal should avoid…

  • Jul 10 2015

    Summer Safety Series: Camping Safety

    Camping Camping is one of my favourite activities; being outdoors, the smell of the campfire and hiking through the woods are some of my best memories from childhood.  As part of our summer safety series, we are going to discuss camping with your furry best friends, and how to keep them safe. Before you go Take note of the nearest Veterinarian in the area you will be staying.  You may never need the information, but it is best to know the directions, phone number and hours of operation, just in case. If the camping location is in the United States,…

  • Jun 15 2015

    Summer Safety Series: Heat Stroke

    Heat Stroke Every year we see at a few patients for overheating causing ‘heat stroke’.  Overheating can occur either due to being in a hot or humid environment or because they have exerted themselves through exercise.  Either way, the signs and symptoms are the same.  As our pets become hot, they start to open mouth pant as well as sweat through their footpads.  This is the best way for their bodies to let off heat, but unfortunately, it is incredibly inefficient.  If the heat continues, they may become frantic.  For example, if locked in a car in warm to hot…

  • May 05 2015

    Summer Safety Series: Pool Safety

    Summer Safety Series: Pool safety When I was a child, I was lucky to always have a friend with a pool.  I spent summers with pruned fingers, learning how to dive, flutter, and see just how long I could hold my breath underwater.  It takes time to become comfortable treading water, finding the easiest spots to climb out of the pool, and to reduce the sense of panic if you are thrown in by another person.  Dogs need the same amount of training as kids do, if they are exposed to a pool.  The most ideal situation would be to…