Tag Archives: VIP Animal Care

Epilepsy in your pets

According to Clinicians Brief February 2019, epilepsy is the most common neurologic disorder in dogs.  Lifelong administration of anticonvulsant medications is the current mainstay of therapy. Initial therapy is phenobarbital or Bromide.  Phenobarbital is the drug of choice for cats. Treatment is successful in most cases. An exam, bloodwork, urinalysis, and X-rays are done and […]

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Comfort Dogs

Comfort dogs offer entertainment or a welcome distraction from a traumatic event such as tornadoes, hurricanes, depression, domestic violence, school shootings, for example. It’s hard to be sad or lonely when petting a dog.  These dogs do more than just crisis work. The AKC website sites that interacting with animals boosts levels of oxytocin, dopamine, […]

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So why is chocolate poisonous for dogs?

Chocolate is derived from the roasted seeds of Theobroma cacao.  It contains caffeine and theobromine which are toxic to animals.  When eaten your pet can experience mild to severe symptoms leading to complications and even death. Symptoms include:  vomiting, diarrhea, fever, twitches, rapid breathing, stiff muscles, low blood pressure and seizures. Many don’t realize that […]

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Common Litter Box Issues

There are 4 stressors that can cause your cat to have bathroom problems. Infrequent cleaning No air flow High traffic area Small area for litter box Cats have a super sense of smell….and because of this, they also can smell the litter and refuse to go if it smells.  They prefer a clean litter (not […]

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New Year’s Eve

We wish you all a wonderful evening of celebration as we ring in the new year.  Remember that pets can be frightened by loud music, fireworks, poppers used at parties, so you may want to crate them or make sure they have a safe room to keep them calm and happy. Be careful and have […]

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Compulsive Behavior in Cats

Many clients talk about strange behaviors in their cats.  Goodness knows I have had issues of compulsive behavior with an indoor cat.  Most people who come to our home, don’t even realize we have a cat!  She only comes out at certain times to get a little people time and that is it.  She is […]

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My cat’s purr

What exactly does purring mean? Purring is a way the newborn kittens find their mother before their eyes open. It is a form of communications with other cats and us too. It is a form of self soothing for your kitty Purring is contentment in your kitty Kittens start purring at two days of age. […]

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Presents: your pet may be in danger

Dogs can smell things we never do.  How about that box of chocolate covered cherries your uncle just loves.  You decide to get your wrapping done early and doesn’t that look beautiful under the tree?  Only problem is that your beloved pet also thinks there is something yummy under the tree.  Having no self control […]

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My dog has reactions to vaccines so I don’t do any.

Certain breeds of dogs, especially the little ones can react to vaccinations.  There are many things we can do to minimize those.  First let’s talk about what is a vaccine reaction and what to do about it. What constitutes an adverse event? An adverse event is any undesirable ocurrence associated with the use of a […]

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Feeding my cat

Many cat owners ask Dr. Flanders how much or little should I be feeding my cat.  Another question is the wet verses dry issue.  So today we will discuss those two issues.  Wet vs. Dry Cat Food Dr. Flanders always recommends dry kibble because the crunching of the kibble helps knock the tarter off their […]

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