Cicadas and Your Pet: Are they Dangerous?

  People living in many parts of the United States are bracing themselves: Brood X is coming. These periodical cicadas appear every 17 years. Billions of them will cover parts of Delaware, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maryland, Michigan, North Carolina, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, and Washington, D.C. They’ll burrow out of the ground sometime in the spring and buzz around us for about six weeks. What does this…

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Asthma in Cats: Signs, Diagnosis, and Treatment 

  Did you know that asthma can be an issue for cats? Initial signs are often quite mild, with some cats acting more withdrawn than normal, hiding more, breathing faster, or intermittent coughing. Then the signs seem to accelerate quickly and a frightened cat, gasping for air, is being rushed to a veterinarian by an even more terrified owner.   Many of us are familiar with asthma as…

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Pancreatitis in Pets: Understanding Signs and Treatment

  Located by the stomach, the pancreas makes and releases enzymes that aid in digestion. Normally, these enzymes are not active until they reach the small intestine. However, with pancreatitis the enzymes activate too early and irritate the pancreas and surrounding tissue. This leads to pancreatitis, or inflammation of the pancreas.  Pancreatitis is often an acute problem causing gastrointestinal signs of vomiting…

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