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Category: Illness

Let’s Talk About Poop

Posted 01.23.19 by Pam Chandler, DVM

Pet owners frequently have questions regarding if their pets feces might be abnormal and or when to be concerned. What is considered normal / abnormal feces? If the consistency is where you are unable to pick it up in your hand then it is considered to be loose. Most pet’s feces are either light or dark brown in color. Black or red feces can signify...Read More

The Big, Bad, Bloat!

Posted 05.25.18 by Christie Taylor, DVM

Bloat / Gastric Dilatation and Volvulus (GDV) Of all veterinary medical emergencies, nothing strikes fear in the heart of veterinarian like a good GDV emergency. One of the internal medicine clinicians in my veterinary school loved to dramatically rush into the third-year surgery on-call room at 4:30 pm and announce, “There’s a GDV on the way!” and run away laughing...Read More

So…My Dog Ate My Weed…

Posted 04.20.18 by Kassie Newton, DVM

As marijuana is becoming increasingly popular in use as it is legalized throughout the US, it is becoming a more prominent problem with our pets as well. This is something we are experiencing more and more in our profession, with some clinics treating 2-3 cases per week. The ASPCA poison control hotline said their reported cases have increased 200% in...Read More

New Clinical Trial for Cats with Chronic Kidney Disease

Posted 04.04.18 by Claudia G. Mangum, DVM

Does your cat have kidney disease? One of the most common disease processes that affects older cats is Chronic Kidney Disease or CKD. CKD happens when there has been a gradual loss of kidney function over time. Your kitty’s kidneys filter wastes and excess fluids from his or her blood. These substances are then excreted in the kitty’s urine. When chronic kidney disease reaches an...Read More

Should I Feed My Pet Goat’s Milk?

Posted 01.02.18 by Katie Wooden, DVM

Recently goat’s milk has become one of the more popular supplements in the pet world. It has been touted to improve digestion, help with allergies, and even cure cancer. It is widely available in pet stores and online. However, is it really helpful or even safe? Goat’s milk has never been scientifically studied to prove it’s role in canine or...Read More

So What Can My Dog Really Chew On?

Posted 09.28.17 by Drew McWatters, DVM

I answer this questions on a daily basis with my clients. Appropriately directed chewing not only satisfies a dog’s desire to chew, but also serves as enrichment and can aid in the maintenance of good oral health. Though choosing what to allow your dog to chew on can be a daunting task. Every pet store is filled with dozens of...Read More

How Ginger’s Senior Exam Saved Her Life

Posted 08.31.17 by Drew McWatters, DVM

Ginger is a 9 year old spayed female German Short Haired Pointer who came to The Pet Hospitals- Germantown for a routine Senior Wellness Exam. Everything had been normal at her Annual Wellness Exam 6 months prior, but since she is older than 7 years old, her owners followed the recommended guidelines of biannual exams for dogs over 7. She...Read More

Oh No, My Dog Has Diarrhea

Posted 08.03.17 by Dr. Amanda Shoemake, DVM

He was fine yesterday, but now he’s running outside frequently and having very loose or watery stool.  Diarrhea…an all too common problem that many owners deal with in their dogs.  So what causes this and what can you do about it? The causes of diarrhea in our canine patients are vast.  Some are not concerning and may even resolve on...Read More

Curiosity That Almost Killed The Puppy

Posted 07.27.17 by Kassie Newton, DVM

Taz was a happy normal little puppy without a care in the world. His one vice: he loved to eat things, just as many puppies do. However, one day his curiosity got the best of him. Taz came to see us at The Pet Hospitals when he was not acting himself. He had vomiting, diarrhea, wasn’t eating, and had very...Read More

Mange! The Dreaded 5 Letter Word

Posted 07.20.17 by Kassie Newton, DVM

It’s like a horror movie, you can basically hear the suspenseful music playing in the background when you suddenly think to yourself, I wonder if this could be mange! Ever had this happen to you? Well, if not, consider yourself lucky. But what really is all the dread about? Dogs and cats can both suffer from what is referred to...Read More

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