Monthly Archives: August 2017

My puppy still got sick even after having puppy vaccines.

Occasionally we have a puppy that has had a few of the puppy rounds of vaccinations still end up with a serious illness such as Parvovirus.  That begs the question of how did this happen, why vaccinate if he still got sick?  These are understandable questions and we would wonder the same if this happened […]

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My pet doesn’t need vaccinations because he is indoors.

Every day we have clients who do not think vaccinations are a necessary wellness preventative for their pets.  Again I have to say, you are playing a risky game!  When I have invested significant money to purchase a pet, why would I not protect my investment.  And that only talks about money, what about my […]

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Can we say enough about fleas!

This time of the year is tricky with fleas.  We have cooler evenings and nights while the days can get very hot and sticky.  This is a time when we see an up cycle in fleas and an increase in phone calls from clients asking for help.  Traditionally August and September are our busy flea […]

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Extra at can lead to cancer in your pet!

For the past 30 years, the relationship between obesity and certain cancers has been growing. At least 13 types of cancer are linked to obesity in humans, including colorectal and stomach cancer, uterine, breast, ovarian and endometrial cancer in postmenopausal women, kidney, esophageal, pancreatic, thyroid and multiple myeloma. The National Cancer Institute estimates that obesity […]

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Extra fat can lead to respiratory problems

Obesity can cause respiratory problems in people and pets through a variety of mechanisms. The presence of excess fat along the chest wall and abdomen compresses the spongy lungs, reducing the amount of air taken in with each breath. In many ways, obesity is like having a heavy bag pushing down on your chest—it makes it […]

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Extra fat can lead to kidney disease!

Based on current evidence, it’s clear excess weight in dogs and cats can lead to high blood pressure. Hypertension directly affects the kidney, largely because it receives approximately one-quarter of the blood pumped by the heart. Dogs with obesity have been shown to have higher levels of hyaluronic acid (HA) inside their kidneys. HA, a […]

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Extra fat can lead to diabetes and insulin resistance!

Obesity is known to cause diabetes and insulin resistance in cats and dogs. In obese pets, the number of insulin receptors on the fat and muscle cells are reduced, damaged or don’t function normally. There are several proposed reasons for this, and research is underway to discover the definitive mechanism. Regardless of exact cause, pets […]

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Pets and their owners have the same issue: extra fat!

In 2016, APOP’s survey revealed 59 percent of cats and 54 percent of dogs were classified as overweight or obese by their veterinary clinics. That adds up to an estimated 50.5 million cats and 41.9 million dogs at risk for weight-related disorders. Obesity is relatively easy to identify but infinitely more difficult to treat. Obesity […]

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Is it feasible to have a pet at your workplace?

As many of you see, VIP has 2 office cats that make our office their home.  It is natural at a vet office, but it is trendy right now to have pets at places of business.  You are seeing coffee houses offering cat rescues while you sip your beverage. An office pet can be a […]

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~Drool~

Canines have four pairs of salivary glands that drain into the mouth and, if your pup has loose, droopy lips, often comes pouring right out.Canines have four pairs of salivary glands that drain into the mouth and, if your pup has loose, droopy lips, often comes pouring right out. Regardless of the amount, saliva is […]

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