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Pet Vet: His bearded dragon lizard no longer wants to eat

I think a lot of people realize that veterinary medicine can present challenges different from those in human medicine. Certainly, our companions have some similar physiology and structures to our own, however the main challenge is that veterinary medicine patients are not as communicative as humans are with their physicians. I have seldom had a patient "tell me where it hurts."

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Pet Vet: Diabetes complicates Schnauzer's need for surgery

Macintosh is a 10-year-old Schnauzer that has diabetes. His caretaker Paula has been treating him with an injection of insulin twice daily for the past 16 months and he has been doing quite well. Paula checks Mac's blood sugar level three to four times weekly and he appears to be well regulated. Recently, Mac has developed a mass along the top of his back just behind his shoulders. When Paula first noticed the mass, it was raised and about the size of pea. It now has grown to about one-inch in diameter and has become reddened in color. Paula is understandably concerned about this mass and wants to have it removed but is also very concerned with the increased risk of infection associated with diabetes and surgery.

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Using anesthesia for teeth cleaning helps vets spot real problems

Q: How do you feel about the new teeth cleaning procedure that doesn’t use anesthesia? My veterinarian doesn’t offer it and she says it’s not good for pets. I’m still looking around for someone who does it because I’d rather not have her go under if it’s not necessary. Isn’t it just like having your teeth cleaned at the dentist?

Pets

All about the dog flu

Learn more about canine influenza and how to avoid it. Florida has its first outbreak of dog flu, with cases identified in DeLand and Perry. For more information visit petMD at www.petmd.com

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Raw diet for pets? Maybe not such a good idea, vet says

Veterinary medicine’s leading professional group “discourages the feeding to cats and dogs of any animal-source protein that has not first been subjected to a process to eliminate pathogens because of the risk of illness to cats and dogs as well as humans.”

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Dog is always hungry. Is there something wrong?

For most cases in which dogs appear unduly motivated by food, the behavior is normal. Dogs have been carrying on about getting food from humans for millennia. In fact, one leading theory about how dogs first became domesticated suggests that it all started by begging for leftovers.

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What is dog flu and how do you keep your pet safe?

Florida has its first outbreak of a highly contagious strain of dog flu that appeared in the U.S. in 2015, according to the state Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.
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