Amy West

How Do Vets Treat Kennel Cough?

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When your dog starts coughing after having spent time with other dogs, the first diagnosis that probably comes to mind is kennel cough. Typically caused by an airborne bacterium known as Bordetella, kennel cough can make your dog sound really sick. Thankfully, though, kennel cough is quite easy for vets to treat, and most dogs have a good outcome with treatment. You should take your dog to the vet as soon as you suspect it has kennel cough.

20 July 2021

Signs Your Pet Bird Needs To Go To The Animal Hospital

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Having a pet bird is a fun experience, and if you take care of your pet bird effectively, it can live for a long time and be a fun companion for your family. Birds are fragile creatures, however, and if there is any sign of illness or injury in your pet bird, you must take the critter to your local animal hospital immediately. This is the best way to ensure proper care and to diagnose what may be wrong with your bird.

2 April 2021

Does Your Dog Need Surgery For A Luxating Patella?

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The patella, or kneecap, sits over your dog's stifle, or knee joint. Sometimes, dogs are born with what's known as luxating patella. This means the patella moves out of its groove and out of place. Older dogs can also end up with a luxating patella after a traumatic injury. Owners often assume that if their dog has a luxating patella, that means they need surgery. However, this is not always the case.

2 April 2021

3 Reasons To Bring Your Dog To The Vet For Senior Wellness Visits

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Owning a senior dog can bring a lot of joy to your life. Your older dog is probably just as sweet as ever but may have lower energy levels or prefer to spend more time sleeping. Even if your senior dog seems to be in great health, it's important to take them to the vet for regular senior wellness exams. In fact, professionals recommend bringing senior dogs for check-ups twice a year.

9 February 2021

How To Find Jobs For Vet Techs In Your Area As A New Technician

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Being a vet tech is a niche career in veterinary medicine, and you want to get hired on at a quality vet clinic where your skills and expertise can be appreciated and you can get paid well. Nationally, vet techs makearound $34,000 yearly, with top vet techs earning over $50,000 a year. How much you can make when looking at jobs for vet techs varies, but how long you have been a vet tech, your location, and the area of veterinary medicine you work in can affect your wages.

13 January 2021

Can You Board A Dog Recovering From Surgery?

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Is it okay to board your dog after they've received surgery? There isn't a clear yes or no answer to this question, and a lot of it depends on the nature of your dog's surgery, along with when the surgery was performed. Once your pooch is on the road to recovery, it should be fine to board your dog without jeopardizing their recovery, as long as certain considerations are followed.

11 December 2020

When An Itty-Bitty Kitty Is An Underdog: How To Care For A Runt That's Been Kicked Out Of The Litter

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Runts can be straggly, sickly, and small, but to many humans, they've just as much right to survive as their healthy siblings. If you've happened upon a runt that requires rescuing, your chivalry is admirable; however, you should proceed with guided caution. Why The Mamma Cat Leaves The Runt Out There are many reasons a mother cat may abandon an offspring, and she may know something that isn't immediately obvious to a human bystander:

18 November 2020

A Falling Feline: Cat High-Rise Syndrome

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It's hardly a shock that cats are regularly listed as one of the best possible pets for apartment living. They can live quite happily in the confines of your apartment and don't need anything like a daily walk. But apartment living for cats can sometimes result in injuries when your feline takes too much of an interest in the outside world. Have you heard of cat high-rise syndrome? Low and Medium Heights

20 October 2020

What Floppy-Ear Dog Owners Should Know About Ear Infections

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Are you the owner of a dog who has floppy ears? As cute as those ears may be, they are at a higher risk for infection than ears that stick straight up. Not every dog with floppy ears will end up with an ear infection, many do — so as an owner, this is a problem to at least be aware of. Here are the basic facts that you should know.

11 September 2020

Arthritis And Your Dog: What You Should Know

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If you have a dog that is getting up there in years, you may be concerned about their overall health and well-being. One of the most common health issues to affect older dogs of virtually every breed is arthritis. Arthritis is a condition that can have a major impact on your dog's well-being and overall quality of life. However, this does not mean that it is hopeless if your dog does develop arthritis at some point in their life.

7 August 2020