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    Help! I found a lump on my pet!

    So, you found a lump on your pet and have spent hours searching the Internet for answers. You’ve asked your pet-loving friends what they think. You’ve tried to find pictures that look like the lump. Ultimately, you want to know if this lump is something worrisome… like cancer. Unfortunately, the Internet and your friends will not have accurate answers for you. Why? Because they are not microscopes. When to See the Vet Years ago, I had the pleasure of listening to Dr. Sue Ettinger, veterinary oncologist, talk passionately about our pets’ lumps, bumps, and masses. Her take-away message was that ANY LUMP 1 CENTIMETER OR LARGER AND PRESENT FOR ONE…

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    Tips and Tricks for Cat Urinary Issues

    Control What You Can When you have a cat with urinary issues, so much can seem frustrating and out of your control. There are, however, many things within your control, and these things can often make a huge difference! Your veterinarian may recommend a prescription food to support your cat’s urinary health. These foods can even help with stress and weight management. If your cat experiences urinary issues secondary to stress or environment, there are additional things you can do to help. Let’s dive in. A MEMO to Cats The experts address feline environmental needs using the acronym MEMO (multimodal environmental modification). MEMO is a proven technique to help reduce…

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    Best Urinary Foods for Cats

    It can be very difficult to manage your cat’s urinary tract health. Whether your cat has urinary tract infections, urinary crystals, or one of the many other FLUTD problems, prescription food can usually help.¬†Food is medicine! Why prescription diets? Your veterinarian might prescribe a prescription diet for your cat instead of an over-the-counter food. This is because prescription urinary foods have been designed, studied, and proven to help reduce urinary issues. Precise blend of nutrients, vitamins, and minerals to keep the urinary pH in the optimal zone. May help reduce bladder inflammation. Can help reduce stone formation and even dissolve existing¬† struvite stones. Promote increased water intake to flush the…

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    Urinary Problems in Cats

    Ugh oh, are you cleaning urine from the carpet again? Please, don’t ignore the signs of urinary problems in cats! Feline urinary problems are not as simple as urinary tract infections. For this reason, we will be spending a little extra time and several blog posts discussing this topic. First things first… Signs of Urinary Problems in Cats Blood in the urine Straining to urinate Failing to produce any urine Producing frequent small amounts of urine Vocalizing during urination Urinary accidents Making multiple, unsuccessful trips to the litter box Urinating outside of the litter box (inappropriate urination) Litter box aggression Excessive cleaning of the genitalia Overgrooming the lower abdomen and…

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    Pet Math: How much water should my cat drink?

    Did you know that how much water your cat drinks impacts its health? Drinking too much or too little water can be a problem. You should always have a bowl of fresh clean water available for your cat. If your cat seems to be asking for a lot of water, there could be a medical problem – usually metabolic or urinary. Keep an eye on water consumption. It can help you catch problems early! Please note that cats who eat wet food will require less water to drink. Wet food is about 70% water. What if my pet won’t drink from a water bowl? As a cat mom, I know…

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    Pet Math: Dog How much water should my dog drink?

    Did you know that how much water your dog drinks impacts its health? Drinking too much or too little water can be a problem. You should always have a bowl of fresh clean water available for your dog. If your dog seems to be asking for a lot of water, there could be a medical problem – usually metabolic or urinary. Keep an eye on water consumption. It can help you catch problems early! Please note that dogs who eat wet food will require less water to drink. Wet food is about 70% water. Check out the guide below!

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    Why do dogs develop urinary tract infections and what can we do about it?

    If you’ve been keeping up with the blog, you know the signs and symptoms of urinary issues. We hope you are better prepared for your veterinary visits! You might be wondering how your dog developed a urinary tract infection. Let’s break it down. Bacterial Urinary Tract Infections A bacterial urinary tract infection is often a result of bacteria from the rectum or feces being transferred to the urogenital tract. Note: your dog often cleans its hind end and licks bacteria from one area to another! This is most common in female dogs because of their anatomy. In females, the rectum is much closer to the urethra than in males. Female…

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    Best Urinary Foods for Dogs

    Has your vet has diagnosed your dog with a chronic urinary problem like cystitis, bladder stones, or recurrent urinary tract infections? Did you know that prescription food is one of the best ways to keep your dog’s bladder healthy and prevent future problems? Food is medicine! Why prescription diets? Your veterinarian might prescribe a prescription diet for your dog instead of an over-the-counter food. This is because prescription urinary foods have been designed, studied, and proven to help reduce urinary issues. Precise blend of nutrients, vitamins, and minerals to keep the urinary pH in the optimal zone. May help reduce bladder inflammation. Can help reduce stone formation and even dissolve…

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    Know before you go… Ask when you arrive. The urinary edition.

    Call the plumber!!! You’ve arrived here because you suspect your pet has a urinary problem. Signs of bladder trouble: Blood in the urine Straining to urinate Failing to produce any urine Producing frequent small amounts of urine Urinary accidents Excessive cleaning of the genitalia Vocalizing during urination Drinking and urinating excessively If your pet displays any of these symptoms, you should absolutely schedule a vet visit. Urinary issues can be extremely uncomfortable. Also, if left untreated, they can progress to kidney problems. Before the vet visit Your vet is most likely going to want a urine sample. Ask ahead if you should collect the sample at home or wait for…

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    Best Heartworm Prevention for Dogs

    If you’ve been ready my posts, hopefully you’ve learned that your pet needs parasite protection all year round. Most of us are so disgusted by fleas and ticks that we are ready and willing to protect our pets. However, did you know that heartworm prevention is just as, if not more important? What is Heartworm Disease? Heartworm disease is a deadly parasitic infection spread by mosquitoes. If an infected mosquito bites your pet, it may transmit immature heartworms. Then, these heartworms travel through the blood stream until they reach the heart and lungs, grow into their adult size (often several inches in length), and reproduce. It is here that they…