Administering Medications

Administering MedicationsOnce your pet has been prescribed medications it is important that those medications are administered properly for them to be effective. The links below have detailed instructions and videos on proper medication administration if you need more information or just need to refresh your skills.

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Arthritis diagramOsteoarthritis is a common problem in aging pets and an important cause of chronic pain.  Over 20% of dogs over the age of 5 years have been diagnosed with arthritis, but this likely underestimates the prevalence of arthritis due to many undiagnosed cases.  Arthritis occurs when the cartilage on the joint surface is damaged, leading to inflammation and pain.  The results of arthritis include decreased joint motion and function.  Arthritis develops more quickly and is more severe in overweight pets because these pets are overloading their joints.  Arthritis can be caused by an injury to a joint (ie. fracture, ligament damage), abnormally formed joints (ie. hip dysplasia, luxating patellas) or degeneration over time.

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Feline Behavior

goldfish catGood behavior is essential to maintaining the human-animal bond.  Some behaviors that are natural to cats are undesirable in pets, and there are many things that we as pet owners can do to maintain a happy household.  Click on the topics below to learn more about feline behavior.

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Heartworm PreventionHeartworm disease is a very serious and preventable disease in dogs and cats.   As you can see from the incidence map below, animals all across the United States and throughout Florida are at risk of contracting this deadly disease.  Preventing heartworm disease is as easy as administering a monthly heartworm preventive to you pets.

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obese catObesity in pets is very common and leads to a wide variety of health problems including decreased life span, arthritis, impairment heart and lung function, gastrointestinal issues and diabetes.  The good news is that obesity is completely preventable.  For those pets that are already obese, our doctors will help guide you and your pet through an effective and safe weight loss program to shed those excess pounds.

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ticks on dogTicks and tick borne diseases are present in every state of the country, although the prevalence varies regionally. Ticks are arachnids which puts them in the same family as mites and spiders. They have several life stages and all except the egg feed on blood.

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Allergies and Your Pet

Pet allergiesIs your dog or cat suffering from recurrent ear infections, skin infections, rashes, itching, foot licking, or diarrhea?   If so, your pet may be suffering from an allergy.  Allergies are common in Florida, with our year around warmth, humidity and multiple blooming seasons.

Below are some of the more common Allergy Symptoms.  Pets with allergies may have one or more of these problems.

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insulin shot catsDogs and cats just like humans can become diabetic. This disease condition occurs in several species, but we will discuss the primary symptoms of just dogs and cats in this article. There are two types of diabetes - mellitus and insipidis. For the purpose of this discussion diabetes implies diabetes mellitus.

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flea cycleAll dogs and cats should be on a monthly flea preventative. Once you are seeing fleas, there are thousands if not millions of eggs, larvae and pupae in the environment.

Because some heartworm preventatives for dogs and cats are also flea preventatives and because flea products vary from fast flea kill to slow flea kill to flea egg inhibitors, decisions regarding the best product choice are complicated. Your greatest chance of success in killing fleas and minimizing your over all cost will be to discuss the many choices with your veterinarian before purchasing.

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Intestinal Parasites

intestinal parasitesIntestinal parasites are very common in dogs and cats. In addition to causing disease in our pets, some of these parasites are also zoonotic (capable of causing disease in humans). Contrary to popular belief, many intestinal parasites cannot be seen with the naked eye, so a yearly 'fecal' (microscopic examination of the feces) is recommended to diagnose intestinal parasite infections. Once intestinal parasites are diagnosed, appropriate treatment is instituted.  Prevention of intestinal parasites is extremely important and is accomplished by using an appropriate heartworm preventative monthly.

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Splints and Bandage Care

dog castSplints and bandages can be very helpful in treating certain medical conditions as long as they are cared for properly.  Failing to care for a splint or bandage properly at home can actually make the medical condition worse instead of better. Please follow the instructions below carefully to ensure your pet’s full and speedy recovery.

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travel catTraveling with your pet can make a good vacation great.

Preparation is key to stress-free pet travel.  Make sure you discuss travel plans with your veterinarian prior to your trip.

For more information, see the travel tips below.

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