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Giving oral medications to your dog

Giving a dog oral medication isn’t always the easiest task, but by remaining calm and following the guidance below, you can make sure your pet gets the medications it needs. Your veterinarian will tell you if your dog’s medication can be given with food or an empty stomach. If the tablet or capsule can be […]

Categories: Animal Health, Dogs

Hyperthyroidism in cats

What is hyperthyroidism? Hyperthyroidism is the overproduction of thyroid hormone by the thyroid glands. Cats have two thyroid glands located in their neck. One or, more commonly, both glands can enlarge and overproduce thyroid hormone. The average age of cats with hyperthyroidism is 13; only about 5% of hyperthyroid cats are younger than 10. What […]

Categories: Animal Health, Cats

Cat and dog anatomy

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Categories: Animal Health, Cats, Dogs

Examining and medicating a dog’s eyes

If your veterinarian has prescribed medication for your dog’s eyes, don’t worry – with a little patience it can an easy task. Medicating the eyes can be messy so cover good clothes and work on a surface that is easy to clean. Some dogs will happily sit in your lap or on a table while […]

Categories: Animal Health, Dogs

Examining and medicating the ears of a dog

Most dogs don’t like having their ears examined, cleaned, or medicated, however, with a little patience and practice, you should be able to perform these tasks at home. Some dogs will happily sit in your lap or on a table while you clean or medicate their ears, but many require some form of restraint. Ear […]

Categories: Animal Health, Dogs

Examining and medicating a cat’s eyes

Cats aren’t fond of being restrained and having someone put medications in their eyes, however, with some patients and practice this is a task you can complete at home. How to examine a cat’s eyes Some cats will calmly sit in your lap or on a table while you medicate their eyes, but many require […]

Categories: Animal Health, Cats

Heart valve malfunction in dogs (mitral insufficiency)

Many dogs slowly develop degenerative thickening and progressive deformity of one or more heart valves as they age. In time, these changes cause the valve, most commonly the mitral valve, to leak. While it can lead to heart failure, many dogs with the condition never show signs of the disease outside of a loud heart […]