Cough is a common problem in dogs but occurs less frequently in cats.  Cough is caused by irritation of the throat, airways, or the lungs.  The main airway to the lungs, known as the windpipe or trachea, branches into smaller airways called bronchi, which branch several more times as they tr…

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Over the past several years, I have experienced a growth in pets with health insurance.  Now more than ever, I highly recommend every pet to be covered with at least a major medical policy.

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As we approach the July 4th holiday weekend many people will be taking pets on trips in cars or be going to the beach.  There are several important details that must be observed to protect our pets from a dangerous medical condition called hyperthermia or heatstroke.

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 I don’t have any “favorite” diseases, but my least “favorite” is Canine Heartworm Disease.  It is a very risky disease to treat and requires a very long period of inactivity and isolation. It can be prevented by using anti-microfilarial medicine such as Heartguard (Macrocyclic lactones) and in addition, additional mitigation such as topical insecticides which prevent the carrier of heartworms, the mosquito.

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Does your dog’s bad breath keep the two of you from spending more time together?  Do you wish you could give your dog a breath mint? “doggy breath” is not normal.  In fact, it could be one of the first signs that your pet has dental disease.  Dental disease is a painful condition that occurs when bacteria, plaque, and tartar build up on the teeth and get trapped beneath the gumline.  The bacteria can be absorbed into the bloodstream and wreak havoc on other major organs throughout the body.

Your feline friend’s healthcare plan must continuously evolve to keep up with his growth and lifestyle. Your feline buddy might seem self-sufficient, but he needs you to help uncover any pain and discomfort that he could be hiding.  Your veterinarian is trained to spot clues to your cat’s health, so annual or bi-annual checkups are key to staying ahead of potential risks.

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Vaccination is one of the easiest and most important ways to protect your dog’s health.  But we live in an age of “overvaccination” scares and a lot of misinformation on the web, and some pet owners are hesitant to vaccinate their dogs.  What is the right way to think about canine vaccinations?

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Behavioral problems affect more dogs and cats than any other medical condition and are one of the most common causes of euthanasia and abandonment. You might think that veterinarians only know about medicine and questions about pet behavior are best left to trainers, but veterinarians have the expertise to help you address all kinds of behavior issues—as well as prevent them.

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“Cancer” is a word no one ever wants to hear from the mouth of a medical professional. Unfortunately, however, the disease is so widespread that most of us have been touched by it at some point in our lives, whether through our own health struggles or those of loved ones. When a beloved pet receives a cancer diagnosis, it can be challenging, to say the least.

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Many diseases can be spread to people from pets.  Dr. Lamb from Manchester Animal Hospital breaks down how to keep pets from contracting diseases in our hospital.  

Early detection and treatment of disease can mean the difference between comfort and pain—even life and death. Unfortunately, too many pet owners aren’t concerned with preventive care; instead, they only take their cat or dog to the animal hospital when they are visibly sick or overdue for a vaccination. That’s why AAHA and the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) commissioned a task force to create preventive healthcare guidelines for dogs and cats.

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If you’re nervous about your pet undergoing anesthesia, you’re not alone.  Many pet owners are so fearful about anesthesia and sedation that they delay or avoid important treatments for their beloved animal family members.  But it’s often the best—or only—way for your pet to receive high-quality care without pain, stress, or discomfort. 

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Welcoming a new puppy is a very exciting endeavor!  This week it came close to home when my two grandchildren, James and Jonathan, brought their new pet, a mixed breed puppy named “Holly”, to me in a state of euphoric rapture. I am still not immune to the intoxication that comes with the joy that a canine addition to a family brings and iwas difficult for Jacqie and I to pass up a chance to adopt the last one in the litter.

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This Holiday season will be unique this year on Cape Ann, for as we look forward to the rest of the holiday season with time set aside for family, and as we remember all there is to be thankful for, we also have to be mindful of the health threat that Covid-19 represents this year.  As you p…

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As we reach November first, the number of Covid-19 cases are increasing in Massachusetts and other parts of the Northeast.  We are all exhausted with the hardships imposed by the Pandemic.  However, unfortunately, we need to be more careful than ever.  This includes the way we care for our pets and where we spend time indoors.

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One of the conditions we see in cats at the Manchester Animal Hospital is called lower urinary tract disease.  The following is information from the Cornell University Feline Health Center and the American Veterinary Medical Association describes the signs, causes and recommendations for preventing this condition. 

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Hip dysplasia is a deformity of the hip joint. Although any dog can be affected, writes veterinarian Lawrence Lamb, it is predominantly seen in larger dogs such as German Shepherds, Saint Bernards, Labrador Retrievers, Golden Retrievers, Old English Sheepdogs, Bulldogs, etc.  Large mixed-breed dogs are also at risk for developing hip dysplasia and should be fed a special large breed growth diet the first year.

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Spot-on flea and tick products for dogs and cats have greatly improved the safety and convenience of controlling external parasites on our pets.  They are great improvement to other types of pesticides used in the past. However, I am reluctant to use them because they can come in contact with humans and I am especially concerned about their contact with children.

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Coping with an itchy cat can be an extremely frustrating experience for any pet owner, and can truly test the limits of the human-animal bond. The following information is intended to help provide pet owners with a basic understanding of the most common underlying causes of itching and allergies in our feline patients.