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Diagnostic imaging for dogs and cats
From CT scans to ultrasounds, there are several ways to see inside your dog or cat’s body. Here’s how these diagnostic imaging techniques differ, and the pros and cons of each. Along with lab work such as blood and urine testing, your dog or cat may sometimes require...
What Telemedicine Can (and Can’t) do for Your Dog or Cat
Telemedicine is an expanding healthcare movement for dogs and cats as well as humans. It has its drawbacks and legal limitations, but it also offers some advantages, especially to animal parents who don’t have holistic vet clinics nearby. Telemedicine is a growing...
Detoxifying Your Pet – Why and When it’s Important
Your dog or cat’s body is naturally designed to detoxify itself, but sometimes he needs extra assistance to recover his health and well-being. We live in a toxic world, and so do our dogs and cats. Good health for our animal companions depends on ridding them of the...
Testing for Kidney Disease in Your Dog or Cat
A large number of older dogs and cats develop kidney disease or failure. With correct diagnostic testing, the problem can be caught early enough for more successful treatment. Kidney disease and failure is one of the most common disorders I see in dogs and cats. It’s...
Should I Call the Vet?
How to determine when your dog or cat needs to see a vet right away, and when it’s okay to “wait and see”. Your dog has a sudden case of diarrhea. Is it okay to let it run its course? Or perhaps your cat got a nasty scratch from another kitty. Should you take care of...
Diagnosing your Animal’s Digestive Problems
Digestive problems are common in dogs and cats and can be challenging to diagnose. These tests narrow down the causes and make effective treatment possible. Digestive problems are among the most commonly seen problems in dogs and cats. Symptoms such as diarrhea,...
5 Myths About “Lumps and Bumps” on our Pets
Lumps and bumps are common on dogs and cats, and a lot of misinformation surrounds them. Let’s bust five myths about these abnormalities so you know how to proceed when or if you find one on your own animal. Q: My dog has a couple of unusual lumps on his side. My vet...
Cancer Tests for Dogs and Cats
An early diagnosis can mean the difference between life and death for animal cancer patients. Learn how a blood profile and ultrasound can help catch signs of inflammation or malignancy before your dog or cat gets sick. It seems hardly a day goes by that I’m not asked...
Pet Food Label Shorthand – Look for Quality Protein Ingredients
Learn why it’s important to look for a quality protein as the first ingredient when selecting a pet food for your dog or cat. Have you ever felt your eyes glaze over when attempting to scan a pet food product label, trying to decipher what the terms mean and how to...
Does Your Animal Need Allergy Testing?
Most allergic dogs and cats respond well to a holistic or integrative treatment approach, but some don’t. In these cases, allergy testing and hyposensitization may be the answer. Q: My dog has allergies and keeps itching and scratching even though I’ve tried a variety...
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