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…

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. 

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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.