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Get the facts on Leptospirosis

Leptospirosis is becoming a more prevalent disease in the Bergen County area. Dogs of all ages, breeds and sizes are susceptible to this infection. What is Leptospirosis? Leptospirosis is an infection in warm-blooded mammals caused by spirochete bacteria similar to...

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Copper Related Liver Diseases in Dogs

Question: I have a 6 year old female Doberman Pinscher, Gypsy, who has had abnormal blood tests related to her liver for some time, and recently had a biopsy. The results show that the liver is inflamed and has a large amount of copper in it. Does that have anything...

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Is Your Cat Frequently In And Out Of The Litter Box?

Question: My cat has episodes of going in and out of the litter box frequently, and my veterinarian is closed on the weekend. If he has an episode on the weekend is it safe to continue to monitor him until my regular veterinarian is available to evaluate him? Answer:...

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Eye Problems Of The Brachycephalic Breed

“Brachycephalic” is the medical term to describe short-nosed breeds of animals. There are brachycephalic breeds of both cats and dogs. Examples include: the Pug, Boston Terrier, Pekingese, Boxer, Bulldog, Shih Tzu, Bulldogs, Boxers, Persian, Himalayan, Burmese....

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Heart Murmurs in Puppies & Kittens

A heart murmur in a puppy or a kitten may or may not be a serious problem. A murmur is an abnormal sound that is heard when ausculting (listening) to the heart with a stethoscope. Murmurs are due to atypical blood flow in the heart or the surrounding vessels, but they...

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3D Printing In Veterinary Medicine

Meet Oglethorpe! At just 23 weeks old this Bulldog puppy presented to our Neurology Department with progressive hind limb weakness and an abnormal gait. He was misplacing his feet, scuffing his toes, and overall just having trouble walking and getting around. After a...

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Bergen County Canine Influenza

Dog owners, beware!! A highly contagious strain of canine influenza (dog flu) is now in the Bergen County area. Although we have not yet seen any cases here at our hospital, because of the infectious nature of this virus we strongly recommend reaching out to your...

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Protect your dog from Leptospirosis!

New Jersey is seeing an uptick in Leptospirosis cases. Leptospirosis is a bacteria that lives in water or warm, wet soil. It causes a variety of flu-like symptoms, but it can develop into a more severe, life-threatening illness that affects many organs in dogs, mainly...

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AAHA reaccreditation

Our team has successfully achieved AAHA reaccreditation for 2017! Only 12-15% of veterinary practices can call themselves AAHA accredited. Our practice team is dedicated to providing excellent care and unsurpassed compassion for pets. Everyone on staff played a key...

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Pet Photos with Santa

Pet Photos with Santa Sunday, December 4, 2016 10 AM – 3 PM All donations received will go to the Community Food Bank of NJ Happy Holidays

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Heartworm Disease

 It's tough to spot the signs of heartworm disease.  If left untreated, heartworm disease is dangerous for your pet.  Let's do a simple heartworm test during your pet's yearly checkup.  Schedule your pet's annual exam today to keep them healthy!

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Prevent Heartworm

Did you know a mosquito bite can be life threatening to your pet? Mosquitoes spread heartworms. Left untreated, heartworm disease is dangerous for a pet! Let’s do a simple heartworm test during your pet’s yearly checkup. Schedule your pet’s annual exam today and keep...

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Important Update

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Why does my pet have blood in his/her stool?

If my dog has blood in his stool is this serious? Anytime your pet is bleeding the rule of thumb is he/she should be evaluated by their veterinarian. Bloody stool (hematochezia) is one of the most common problems for which our veterinary patients present. Bloody stool...

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A disease from contaminated water

Q: I recently heard of a dog that is very ill with leptospirosis. What is this disease and how can I prevent my dog from getting it? A: Leptospirosis is caused by a type of motile bacteria called a spirochete. The bacteria are present in the urine of animals that have...

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Anesthesia a must for cleanings

Q:  Is it is possible to perform dental cleanings without anesthesia? A:  Concerns about anesthesia are probably the most common cause of anxiety in the clients who present their pets to me through our Dental Service with their pets.  Certainly I understand this, but...

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Degenerative Myelopathy: spinal disease in dogs

Q  Our veterinarian just told us that our lab has degenerative myelopathy.  She gave him glucosamine, 500mg. twice a day because he probably has arthritis too. I read that degenerative myelopathy might be caused by a disc problem and was wondering if this could be the...

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Heat stroke can hurt the healthiest of pets

With The Warm Weather Approaching Beware: Heatstroke Can Hurt The Healthiest of Pets Heat stroke is a common emergency caused by severe elevations in the body temperature.  It frequently occurs in dogs in hot humid environments, such as pets left in cars during the...

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Fear of toxoplasmosis during pregnancy

I recently found out that I am pregnant.  My husband and I have two cats and he is worried about toxoplasmosis.  He thinks we should get rid of the cats!  What exactly is toxoplasmosis and do I really need to re-home my cats? Toxoplasma gondii is a parasite that can...

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This energetic little fur ball provides years of enjoyment

Common Medical Issues in the Pomeranian Dog Pomeranian dogs have been popular ever since Queen Victoria had a favored one over 100 years ago.  They originated from the northern Germany/Poland area, which explains their thick hair coat, which comes in a variety of...

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Pug eye condition requires treatment

Q:  I have a 3 year old pug.  I am told that Pugs are prone to an eye disease that causes blindness, but can be stopped if it is caught early enough and treated with medication.  What signs should I look for in her eyes, or in her behavior?  What age does it begin to...

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Great Dane has a big heart, but big medical issues, too

The Great Dane has a well mannered disposition and can make a good family dog, but one must be prepared for the care required for such a large animal in the household. They are often playful and good with children. It is important to begin training and socialization...

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Allergies Among Causes For Itchiness In Felines

Q:  We adopted a male cat that has been itching himself raw and pulling out hair until he had bald spots.  We gave him a cortisone shot and that helped and his hair is coming back but he is still overly sensitive and doing an awful lot of grooming and we still find...

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EYE PROBLEMS OF THE BRACHYCEPHALIC BREEDS

EYE PROBLEMS OF THE BRACHYCEPHALIC BREEDS  “Brachycephalic” is the medical term to describe short-nosed breeds of animals. There are brachycephalic breeds of both cats and dogs.  Examples of brachycephalic breeds include the Pug, Boston Terrier, Pekingese, Boxer,...

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Protecting your dog against ‘kennel cough’

What is “kennel cough” and how can I protect my pet from it? “Kennel cough” is an old term that refers to a complex of respiratory diseases that is   more properly identified as canine infectious respiratory disease or CIRD. Any one or more of a number of viruses,...

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Secondhand smoke effects on pets are uncertain

Are the effects of second hand cigarette smoke as harmful to cats and dogs as it is to humans? I have never seen this discussed anywhere.  This is a variation of one of the most commonly asked questions by pet owners once they are given a diagnosis of cancer in their...

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Pond Scum Holds Dangers for People and Pets

Tuesday, July 30th (HealthDay News) Water with 'blue-green algae' can cause liver failure, and possibly death, in dogs TUESDAY, July 30 (HealthDay News) -- Blue-green algae is found in lakes and ponds across the United States and is a threat to both people and pets,...

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Healthy Pet Coughing Up Water

Q:  I have a beautiful, seemingly very healthy 9 year old male Bichon.  Although this problem with him isn't new, I am more concerned about it at this age than when he was younger.  Whenever he drinks water he coughs it up - it looks thick but clear.  His vet feels he...

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Disease’s source determines the treatment

Q:  I have a 12 year old female Boston Terrier, Charlie, who has recently been drinking loads of water and urinating in the house, and steals food from the other dog and cat and even from the dinner table!  My vet feels she may have Cushing’s disease.  He offered...

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Beagle has habit of eating non-food items

Q: We recently adopted a 5 year old neutered male beagle from a local animal shelter.  He has a bad habit of eating anything off the floor in the house such as paper, cardboard, tissues, napkins.  Outside of the house he will eat twigs and just about anything he can...

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