To Shave or Not to Shave

The days are getting longer. The drifts of pet hair are getting deeper as the drifts of snow recede and our furry friends say good-bye to their winter coats and prepare for the summer season.   As the temperatures are stretching toward the seventies we may look to our pets and ask ourselves the annual question: To shave or not to shave.

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Umbillical Hernias


The Morgans had just brought their new Dalmation puppy in for her first checkup. They had researched breeders carefully and had chosen this puppy after looking at three other litters. Everything seemed to be going well so far, but they did have one question about a bump in the middle of her belly that seemed to come and go. It was an umbilical hernia.

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Undescended Testicles


Mr. Davis was in for a health check on his brand new bulldog puppy “Brando”. Brando had cost a small fortune at the pet store, but the employee at the store had helped sell Mr. Davis on the idea of buying him when he suggested that since Brando was a purebred with papers Mr. Davis could recoup the cost of his purchase by breeding him. He was looking forward to the easy money that was about to come rolling in when he could start using Brando as a stud.

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Vestibular Attacks

Mrs. Stenner woke up in the morning to the sound of something crashing around in the dining room. When she got up to investigate she saw her 12 year old lab mix, Jordie, stumbling around under the table, seemingly unable to get himself untangled from the chairs. After she helped him out into the living room she could see that he was still having trouble. He kept tipping to one side and falling over and his eyes looked like they were rolling around in his head. Just yesterday evening everything had been completely normal with Jordie. He had dinner, went for his usual walk, and even played a little fetch with a stick they had found on the way. Now it looked like he was having a stroke, and Mrs. Stenner was worried sick about her pet.

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What To Expect When Your Dog is Expecting

The Smiths were in with Harriet and Bosco, their two new puppies from the neighbor who had a surprise litter. They looked good and we talked about their health maintenance needs for the next year. I asked them if they were planning on spaying and neutering. “Oh, no, we won’t need to do that.” was the response. I asked them if they were intending to breed the dogs. “No, but they are brother and sister, so they won’t do THAT. Besides she doesn’t really even like him.”

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A sign has recently appeared at a local park that warns visitors that whipworm contamination has been determined to be a problem there. In spite of the fact that the sign is present in only one place, it really could be applicable to any location where lots of dogs congregate, so it is worth knowing something about whipworms in general if you take your dog out in public at all.

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