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The Importance of Annual Veterinary Examinations

December 30, 2012 by Maria-Elena Cloherty, DVM

Due to the advancement in our knowledge of the duration of activity of vaccines, we are now extending the dosing intervals for many vaccines to a 2-3 year timeframe. The problem we now face as clinicians, due to the increased time between vaccines, is that pet owners often neglect their pet’s routine annual physical exam. It seems that unless an illness or injury arises in the years between vaccinations, some patients are not being seen for 2-3 years. During this time, disease insidiously began to take hold of our patients, and unbeknownst to the pet owner, and can start to take their toll on their pet’s well-being. Read the rest of this article…

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So You Want To Be a Veterinarian…

November 19, 2012 by Maria-Elena Cloherty, DVM

Thought this video was pretty funny and hopefully everyone reading knows there is more to being a veterinarian than simply “liking animals” :-) Read the rest of this article…

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Fantastic Pet Photo Submissions From Our Readers

October 23, 2010 by Maria-Elena Cloherty, DVM

Lucy, a little girl beagle on her cell phone. Read the rest of this article…

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How Your Household’s Garbage & Toxins May Hurt or Even Kill Your Pet

September 27, 2010 by Maria-Elena Cloherty, DVM

A Perfect Beauty

Avoidable Toxicities Affecting Our Pets

Many are unaware of the dangers posed to our pets with the ingestion household garbage, including various toxins/bacteria, which can in turn cause raging infections, organ failure, and even death. One may detect a rapid and severe onset of abdominal pain, distention of the abdomen, vomiting, bloody diarrhea, or shivering. Yet, most don’t know that left untreated this condition may lead to shock, collapse, or permanent loss of a beloved pet. Read the rest of this article…

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Vectra 3D for Dogs: Information & Review

September 18, 2010 by Maria-Elena Cloherty, DVM

In my recent reading in the August 2010 DVM magazine, I came across a newer product that I think may be a better alternative to the big two topical flea/tick treatments most of us have been using for years. Most pet owners have heard of the big two Frontline Plus, and K9 Advantix, but now Vectra 3D has seemingly surpassed these products in their spectrum of coverage for our pets. This topical rapidly repels and kills vectors of disease (fleas, ticks, lice, mites and sand flies), thereby reducing transmission of numerous diseases. Read the rest of this article…

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Dancing Dog Doing The Merengue – Smartest Dog Ever?

September 12, 2010 by AskVetAdvice

Hat tip to our friends at Crossingpaths Rescue where we found this video on their blog this weekend. Via the YouTube video description, this dog is from Chile, her name is Carrie, and the owner’s name is Jose Fuentes. This dog certainly has some talent!

The YouTube user is hoping to get Carrie and Jose on Dancing With The Stars, requesting people to email ABC to see if they will take them.  Here is a link to the YouTube video for more information.

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Eight Potential Findings of Concern in an Older Pet

September 3, 2010 by Maria-Elena Cloherty, DVM

As your pet ages, it is wise to go see your vet twice yearly for routine examinations.. Base line blood work at least once yearly is advisable in order to id any early signs of disease and to stave off the progression of these conditions.

Due to improved health care, many of us have pets that are living older. That being said, the key to keeping our pets healthier is noticing the often subtle changes in our pets. Listed below may be indicative of possible health concerns or diseases present. Read the rest of this article…

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A Diet That is NOT Mostly Garbage Pet Food

December 1, 2009 by Maria-Elena Cloherty, DVM

Thought this was a pretty funny SNL skit worth sharing with our audience. Obviously we don’t condone a “mostly garbage” diet for your favorite pets :-) Read the rest of this article…

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About Cerenia for Dogs (a.k.a. Maropitant)

November 9, 2009 by Maria-Elena Cloherty, DVM

Cerenia is touted by its manufacturer, Pfizer, as a medication which allows pet owners to travel by car with their dogs, without the unpleasant experience of a pet vomiting due to motion sickness. Motion sickness is said to affect 1 in 6 dogs, this medication has been purported to have an effectiveness rate of 93% (reference). So, now owners do not have to suffer with pangs of guilt from having to leave their pets behind with sitters or in a kennel.

What May Cause Motion Sickness Read the rest of this article…

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“Rescue Pets” are More Than Today’s Hot Trend

November 19, 2008 by Maria-Elena Cloherty, DVM

Kate Woodviolet of the Los Angeles Pet Rescue Examiner’s article about an emerging fad, “The Rescue Pet” is worth reading for prospective pet owners. Read the rest of this article…

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