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Is it time to take your dog or cat to the vet? My pet is not acting themselves

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Ever wonder when it is time to take your dog or cat to the veterinarian if they are not acting themselves? Do you worry that you will not recognize the signs of a possible emergency? Here is Dr. Horgan, a veterinarian board certified in Emergency and Critical Care, discussing veterinary emergencies and what signs will clue you in to one.

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My Dog Has Fleas

Fleas are a big nuisance for both dogs and for their owners. Besides causing constant itching they can lead to severe flea bite allergies. The allergies can cause severe inflammation of the skin. Often time’s dogs will lose their hair and develop redness over their back and hind end area. To get rid of a [...]

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My Dog Has Ticks

Ticks are not just a nuisance because they are unsightly to look at but they also carry diseases. Dogs can catch many diseases from ticks that can be life threatening. Lyme disease is one of the better known tick diseases. Ticks can also cause whole body paralysis just from being attached to the dog. The [...]

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Is it safe to use over the counter flea and tick products?

First thing a consumer needs to know about over the counter flea and tick products is that many of them are toxic to cats and other types of animals. So if you have cats or other pets, it would be advisable to stay away from any products that warn about toxicities to other animals. [...]

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Is your dog losing his/her bark and breathing heavy?

I mention these particular clinical signs because they are easy to notice for owners and could be caused by a life threatening condition. The loss of the ability to bark or the development of a raspy bark is often associated with laryngeal paralysis. Laryngeal paralysis is associated with the loss of function of a nerve [...]

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Is it ever safe to leave my dog in the car unattended?

The simple answer is no. Even in the winter time in a northern area a dog can die in a car. Due to the green house effect a car can reach over a 100 degrees Fahrenheit in minutes. At these temperatures any living organism will surely die if not brought to a cooler place. It [...]

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Is your dog at risk for having a seizure?

It is always recommended to see a veterinarian for a seizure. This could be a life threatening problem that should be looked into. Many dogs develop idiopathic epilepsy which basically means we dont know why it happens. Dogs can live a normal life span with epilepsy but some do have to be on medications to [...]

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It is more than a leisure walk - it is about safety: The Beginnings of the Horgan Harness

When I was younger, I remember loving to walk my six-year-old Labrador, Honey – until one day. I remember it like it was yesterday. I was nine years old and quite frankly, I didn’t weigh much compared to Honey. When we were walking one day, she literally started to pull me across the street. I [...]

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