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…

When a dog’s stomach fills with gas, it bloats. The expansion of the stomach puts pressure on the muscle that separates the chest cavity from the abdomen, which, in turn, makes it hard for the dog to breathe. The stomach will also twist or create what is called gastric torsion. This turn can…

    My name is Jazzy!  I am a pretty girl, and I am about 5 years old. I made my way to Cape Ann Animal Aid when my family couldn't keep me due to some allergies.  Change can be tough, but I am putting my best paw forward and excited for an opportunity at a family to love me forever! In my previ…

    If you would like to get a loved one a pet, you should go for it. However, it might be a good idea not to gift a pet quite exactly. Many animal shelters sell gift certificates that cover their rescue fee. Giving a gift certificate to cover the cost of adoption allows pet parents time to rese…

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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. 

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    One of the most common problems I see at the Manchester Animal Hospital is a skin condition called “Hot Spots”.  It is often caused by a local allergic reaction to a specific irritation such as anything that disturbs the healthy integrity of skin. 

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    If you have space in your home and heart for two guys, consider adopting Panchito and Rocky today!  They still have lots of love to give.  Because of their age and size both pups are considered “special needs,” mainly due to typical aging.

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    Giardiasis is a gastrointestinal infection of many mammalian species.  The disease is caused by Giardia duodenalis, a flagellated protozoan parasite found worldwide.  Infection among dogs and cats is common, with prevalence rates of 5-15%.  Humans can also become infected with strains of Giardia spp.  At the Manchester Animal Hospital, we routinely test for Giardia in pets presented with diarrhea.

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    I know our clients get tired of us saying it, but I really believe that age is not a disease, and mature pets that are otherwise healthy are able to tolerate anesthesia well.  A pet that is older is more likely to have more severe periodontal disease and thus more pain.  These animals still need care in order to maintain the quality of their lives.  Taking care of their gums and teeth is also one of the best ways to extend their lifespan. 

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    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 travel to the deeper parts of the lung.

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    As a student in Roslyn High School, Long Island, there were requirements that Cornell University Veterinary College had for applicants for admission.  One was called the farm practice requirement.  This was in place to expose suburban students the opportunity to learn about farm animals. I did this for 2 summers, living with a farming family in upper New York State. Among the many fond memories, one stood out as a learning experience that forced me to evaluate my relationship with animals as sentience beings. Sentience is the awareness and the capacity to sense and feel, particularly pleasure and pain. 

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    Sheltering in place with our pets gives us an opportunity to do things we usually don’t have time for.  Manchester Animal Hospital's executive veterinarian Lawrence Lamb, DVM details how pet owners can perform a physical exam their pets while their veterinarian is closed for normal office hours or only seeing pets on an urgent care basis.

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    In these weeks of "sheltering at home", what should pet owners do if the need for emergency veterinary care is needed?  It's an important question, one tackled by our own Dr. Larry Lamb of Manchester Animal Hospital.

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    There does not appear to be evidence that dogs act as a vector for Corona Virus in the human population.  However, there are still many questions which need to be explored in relation to this disease. Below is the information I have been able to research up to the present (March 6) and recommendations for caring for your family and pets during this potentially very serious health hazard.

    When it comes to coronavirus and pets, there is no evidence that companion animals can spread COVID-19. That remains true, but news out of Hong Kong suggests the converse may not be true: People, it turns out, apparently can transmit the virus that causes COVID-19 to their dogs.

    Hi there, my name is Dillon! I'm what they call a potcake, which is a fabulous mixed breed pup from Turks & Caicos. I was one of the lucky guys who got to fly to Massachusetts to join a loving family of my very own. I am sweet, playful, and full of wiggles. My tail is always going! I'm looking forward to sharing all of life's adventures with my new people, so what are you waiting for? Stop in and meet me today! I would love a home with another social pup, as I am most confident around the other pups here!