A Dog’s Best ‘Pawtection’ From Cold Weather and Salt

Walking your pooch during winter months is a daunting prospect for many dogs and their owners as the animals’ feet are tormented by ice and burning salt. Catherine Miller, a professional dog walker and founder of Pet Nanny NYC, says the best “pawtection” are dog boots. Metropolitan and suburban sidewalks and roads are coated with salt during the winter season, so it’s important to be aware that most de-icers are toxic to dogs.  Without proper protection, dogs commonly will stop dead in their tracks, or hobble on three legs to avoid stepping any further on salt ridden roads. “Hands down dog boots are the…

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The 9/11 rescue dogs: Portraits of the last surviving animals who scoured Ground Zero one decade on

During the chaos of the 9/11 attacks nearly 100 loyal search and rescue dogs and their brave owners scoured Ground Zero for survivors. Just 12 survive and have had a moving tribute made to them.

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AVMA Animal Hospital Video Game

Start out as New Veterinarian and work your way up the ranks to become Chief Veterinarian of AVMA Animal Hospital. The quicker you are at diagnosing and treating the animals, the more points you’ll score. Can’t get to all the animals in time?

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Resistance to Heartworm Prevention Meds

Dr. Coates is a veterinarian based in the other “Sunshine State” – that’s Colorado to the rest of you – where she lives and plays with a varied range of animals. She shares her professional and personal experiences, Monday through Friday, here on petMD’s blog, the Fully Vetted. Log in for your daily dose of her insight and wisdom. Aug 08, 2013 Resistance to Heartworm Prevention Meds by Dr. Jennifer Coates, DVM Share Save to mypetMDDr. Coates is on vacation this week, so we’re revisiting some of our …

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Are Chinese herbal products safe for cats?

Shmalberg J, Hill RC, Scott KC. Nutrient and metal analyses of Chinese herbal products marketed for veterinary use. Journal of animal physiology and animal nutrition 2013;97:305-314.

Chinese herbs and herbal mixtures are often fed to animals in order to treat certain medical conditions. Practitioners of traditional Chinese veterinary medicine primarily utilize two companies that provide products specifically for veterinary medicine. Some contain measurable quantities of toxic metals, but the composition …

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‘Natural’ is Not Enough

Dr. Coates is a veterinarian based in the other “Sunshine State” – that’s Colorado to the rest of you – where she lives and plays with a varied range of animals. She shares her professional and personal experiences, Monday through Friday, here on petMD’s blog, the Fully Vetted. Log in for your daily dose of her insight and wisdom. Jul 17, 2013 ‘Natural’ is Not Enough by Dr. Jennifer Coates, DVM Share Save to mypetMDUnlike many terms consumers come across on pet food labels, the word “natural” actually …

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Canine Vaccination Series: Part 5

Dr. Coates is a veterinarian based in the other “Sunshine State” – that’s Colorado to the rest of you – where she lives and plays with a varied range of animals. She shares her professional and personal experiences, Monday through Friday, here on petMD’s blog, the Fully Vetted. Log in for your daily dose of her insight and wisdom.
In some ways, today’s topic — the canine influenza vaccine — presents similar choices. The symptoms of canine influenza are indistinguishable from traditional kennel …

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Methicillin Resistant Infections

Photo Credit: (c)Susannah Kay

For several years now there has been a good deal of press about methicillin resistant _Staphylococcal_ infections in people. Such infections are now all too common in veterinary patients as well. _Staphylococcal_ bacteria are normal residents on the skin surface in humans and animals. Although they are part of the body’s standard flora, they are “opportunistic” little buggers, meaning they will gladly create infection when a good opportunity arises such as an inflammatory …

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The Nation’s Animals (and the Veterinarians Who Care for Them) Need Your Help

Without passage of the Veterinary Medicine Mobility Act, veterinarians are unable to properly care for the nation’s animals. Learn why and what you can do to help.

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Objectively Measuring Arthritis Pain

Most owners will have to deal with an arthritic pet at some point in their lives. Our ability to manage the pain associated with arthritis in animals is much better than it used to be, but monitoring response to treatment is still frustrating. I wish I could ask these patients how effective they felt a particular treatment regimen was for them. Until the “translator” we were discussing on Monday is available, owners are still in the best position to provide this information.

There are objective …

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