Ask The Vet - Dr. Anne Pierce, DVM

Hip Dysplasia

Hip Dysplasia.  It’s a term that lots of people have heard, but not everyone knows what it means.  Unfortunately there are many owners of large breed dogs out there that have learned what hip dysplasia is the hard way.

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Holliday Meals

‘Tis the season to gather around the table with family and friends from all over and share feasts in celebration of the holidays.   This is also the time of year when the rules of good guest manners need to be dusted off and used .  I am the last person to try to tell anyone which one is the salad fork or how to butter your dinner roll, but I can offer some pet related advice.

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Housetraining a puppy 1

Imagine waking up one morning and suddenly finding that you had been transported to some other part of the world and plunked down into a new family with whom you will be expected to spend the rest of your days.  They seem nice enough and they are eager to befriend you, but you don’t understand a single word of their language and they don’t understand a word of yours.  Their culture is a little different from what you are used to, but for the most part you can figure out how to get along with everyone without too much difficulty.  Unfortunately nobody told you that in this culture it is considered horrifyingly insulting if foreigners do not turn in a counterclockwise circle at least once before sitting down to eat with the family.

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Angus waddled in to the exam room for his yearly checkup.  This seven year old Lab had normally been springy enough he presented a challenge to examine, but between last year and this year he had gained ten pounds, and  today all four feet stayed on the ground for the entire exam.  His owners reported that it seemed like he was starting to act more like an old guy, just laying around and taking it easy more.

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