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Pet Health & Illnesses

Heat Exhaustion and Heat Stroke in Dogs

It is summer -- It is hot! It is humid! We all feel it, especially our animals! When humans get hot, they shed clothes, go swimming or stay inside in the air conditioning. But many people think it is fine to leave their pet outside in the backyard all day long with a little bowl [...]

When I first heard the term "Congestive Heart Failure" (CHF), it was in connection to a friend of mine who had just been diagnosed with it. When you put the words "heart" and "failure" together in the same sentence, it sends chills up the spine.  Not knowing anything about the disease, I expected her to keel over [...]

Spring Allergies in Dogs and Cats

It is time again for spring! Richmond looks beautiful with all the spring flowers, bushes, trees and the leaves coming out on the trees! But for many people - and our pets - spring spells troubles with allergies. Although dogs and cats can get allergies all year long, in the spring the most common allergies for people and pets [...]

Gastric dilatation-volvulus (GDV) is also known as "bloat," "stomach torsion," or "twisted stomach" and if your dog has it, it is extremely serious business. This acute condition can affect any breed of any age at any time. When it does occur, it is truly an emergency as your pet could die very quickly! How It Happens Your dog gobbles up his meal, [...]

About a month ago, my dog Yoshi, a 7-year old, 8.5 pound Japanese Chin, started coughing. He just kept coughing and coughing. It was a Sunday morning and my regular vet's office was closed. I had some Cough Tabs on hand which I gave him, but it made no difference. He just kept coughing and [...]

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