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Meow’s Radioactive Iodine Experience

“Meow”, a stunning 16 year-old feline, was not feeling her best—she had been progressively losing weight despite an increased appetite, urinating and drinking more than normal, and having intermittent vomiting. Once blood work was completed at her veterinarian office, it was determined “Meow” had hyperthyroidism–a condition in which the thyroid gland makes too much thyroid […]

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Wild Baby Animals Should Not Be Touched

Media Contact: Vermont Department of Health Communication Office 802-863-7281   UNDERHILL – Nancy Carey remembers an abandoned baby raccoon she was able to save after taking precautions to avoid exposure to rabies. Those cases are rare, and her message after 24 years as a rehabilitator is: “Do Not Touch Wild Animals.”   If you see […]

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Five pet hazards that may surprise you

1. Bread doughIf your pet ingests unbaked bread dough, contact your veterinarian immediately. When hosted in a warm environment (your pet’s stomach) the yeast will begin to expand which can lead to a bloated stomach. This can then progress to a gastric-dilitation volvulus (GDV), which is a twisted stomach. Watch for signs of drooling, vomiting, […]

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Cleo’s Case

  A 16-year-old female spayed domestic short-haired cat weighing 6.3kg was evaluated for decreased appetite, hind limb weakness and vomiting. She had been seen by her family veterinarian 3 days prior to presentation to BEVS for “landing hard” after jumping down from the counter.  Significant findings on physical examination consisted of severe ventral neck flexion […]

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7 Summer Pet Safety Tips

In the summer months, both people and animals can experience difficulty handling extreme temperatures and humidity. However, unlike people, dogs and cats have limited sweat glands and are forced to regulate their temperature primarily through panting.

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First Aid Kits for Dogs – 10 Key Items to Pack

The weather is beginning to be nice here in Vermont, and that means that our dogs are out and about more often. Swims, hikes, runs, and play dates with other pups are among some of the favorite activities our dogs simply LOVE. Unfortunately, along with hard play come some common injuries such as scrapes, cuts, torn nails and ingestion of toxic substances, to name a few. It’s always great to be prepared to provide minor first aid in the event of one of these occurrences. Here’s a list of a few items to keep on hand in case of an injury.

First Aid Kits for Dogs—10 Key Items to Pack

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Commonly Asked Questions About Kennel Cough

Dr. Rachel Morgan has composed 9 of the most commonly asked questions about kennel cough. 1.) What is the underlying cause of “kennel cough”?

Kennel cough, or infectious tracheobronchitis, is a relatively nonspecific phrase that can refer to a number of underlying causes. While many use the term “kennel cough” to refer to respiratory infections caused by the bacteria Bordetella bronchiseptica, there are a multitude of viruses and bacterial agents that can cause a dog to develop a cough. If your dog begins coughing, it is important to have a physical exam performed by your regular veterinarian to rule out any other underlying causes that may be responsible for the animal’s symptoms.

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Joey’s Story

Joey’s owners were worried.  After having been sprayed by a skunk directly in the face a few days before, this 4 year old Chihuahua mix had never returned to his happy old self.  His skin looked yellow, his gums were very pale, and he was passing dark orange urine.  They brought him to the Burlington […]

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Popular Pet Names

Naming a pet can be one of the many fun aspects of adopting a new furry friend into your life. Having worked in the veterinary field for several years, I have come across quite a variety of pet names.  Some have been of the more common variety, such as Max or Bailey.  Others have ranged […]

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Xylitol Toxicosis

 You come home from a long day at work and your 2 year old chocolate lab, Miss Moneypenny, greets you enthusiastically at the door. You place your purse and keys on the table and set off to make some dinner. When you return 15 minutes later, the purse and its contents are scattered on the living room […]

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