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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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Snowflake here!  I am a 2-year-old lady looking for a home of my very own.  I hate to brag but I am a pretty girl, I am a Calico lady with beautiful unique markings.  I was adopted into a family who loved and cared for me very much, unfortunately the other kitty in the home was not a big fan…

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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!

 

The number one cause of chronic pain in older pets is osteoarthritis. In our practice, it is very common, and it is important to treat it as a disease.  Consideration must be given to the mode of the treatment, because there are important factors that must be determined in designing a treatment that is effective and causes the least amount of side effects.

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 previous home I was playful and affectionate. I loved being pet or bird watching out the window. I would do best in a quiet home as your one and only!  

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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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Every year we see an increasing number of patients with pet health insurance.  Pet insurance is becoming an increasingly popular way to plan for emergency veterinary medical bills.  Almost unheard of just a few years ago, pet insurance is now a $1 billion per year industry.  The question is:…

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Christmas can be a dangerous time for pets, with tempting but potentially poisonous treats adorning every open surface — meaning many pet owners will experience an emergency this festive season. 

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Periodontal disease is the most common dental condition in dogs and cats. By the time your pet is three years old, he or she will very likely have some early evidence of periodontal disease, which will worsen as your pet grows older if effective preventive measures aren’t taken.

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Veterinarians are beginning to study CBD’s effects on pets and assess its safety. Despite this lack of official guidance, pet owners are increasingly seeking out CBD for their pets.

Dogs and cats are victims of several intestinal parasites frequently referred to as worms. The most common are roundworms, hookworms, whipworms and tapeworms. Of these four, only roundworms and tapeworms are commonly seen in the stool. At the Manchester Animal Hospital, we recommend pets be checked for intestinal parasites twice a year as worms found in dogs and cats are potential health hazards for humans too. 

It is often difficult to determine why some pets suffer painful anal sac disorders while others do not. Most pets who are having problems with their anal glands will scoot their bottom along the floor, frequently turn to lick or bite at the anal region, or display discomfort when passing stool. Any pet with persistent symptoms like these should be evaluated by a veterinarian.