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Advice from Oradell Animal Hospital on caring for a puppy

Q: I’ve just brought home a new puppy.  What do I need to do?  A:  Make sure your house if “puppy proof”.  For example, safeguard your house so the puppy cannot find things to ingest or destroy.  Make an appointment with your veterinarian to examine the new family...

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Cat 'cold' different from human type

Q:   What does it mean if my cat has a cold? A:  When I was in veterinary school, I was taught to not call upper respiratory infections in cats a “cold.”  The argument was that it gives the impression that they get the same disease we get.  Throughout years of...

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Oradell Animal Hospital Vaccinates Dogs For Influenza Virus

Q:  I heard about the canine influenza occurring in Bergen County recently.  How concerned about my dog’s exposure do I need to be? A:  While there is no reason to overreact to this disease, prevention by vaccination is the most prudent way to protect your dog from...

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Dental hygiene is vital at Oradell Animal Hospital

Q: Should I be concerned about my pet’s teeth as they get older?  A:  Absolutely.  This is an excellent question.  Every year that goes by, there is an increase in plaque/calculus build up on the teeth and under the gum line.  Daily brushing can help control build up...

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Oradell Animal Hospital Canine Influenza Health Alert

Canine Influenza Health Alert! An important health alert regarding Canine Influenza Virus (CIV), highlighting a new outbreak in Texas, was reported recently and this outbreak was reported to “spread like wildfire”.  It reminded us that CIV is considered endemic in New...

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Low-copper diet needed for Doberman Pinscher

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 to do...

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Diagnosing a spaniel's rashes – Oradell Animal Hospital

Q:  My friend's dog is a 5-year-old Springer spaniel. Recently she developed red, round blotches on her belly. Now, the number of blotches has increased since my friend first spotted them. His dog doesn't appear to be in any pain, but I have encouraged him to take the...

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Prevention is the key to reducing vet bills

Q: I have heard how much money some people have spent on their pets and it shocks me.  I am thinking of getting a new dog for my family but afraid of what the health care costs might be.  Can you comment? A: Prevention is the key to controlling the cost of pet health...

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Diagnosing a skin condition

Q:  Just recently I noticed rough dry flaky spots on my dog’s back, a male Maltese.  I showed our vet and she said it’s like an eczema. She gave us a shampoo Keto Chlor medicated shampoo and a Gentaveo topical spray to use on him.  The first ones we saw seemed okay...

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Saving beagle's remaining teeth

Q:         Our five-year-old Beagle mix, recently had to have some teeth removed because of a bacterial infection.  We'd like to avoid this kind of dental work, in the future.What can we do to prevent infections and preserve her existing teeth? A:         There are...

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How to help if the dog goes blind

Q:  My 14 year old mix pug was diagnosed a diabetic about 6 months ago. My vet and I have been working hard on regulating him; it’s been somewhat hard since he may also have Cushing's. Anyway, about 5 weeks ago Tank went almost totally blind. I have heard lots of...

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Westie Has Anemia, Chronic Cough

My neighbor mentioned that she had taken her dog to a veterinary ophthalmologist for blindness.  She had cataracts diagnosed, surgery was done and now her dog can see.  My dog Rudy, a 10 year old West Highland White Terrier, is anemic and has a chronic cough.   Is...

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Casey Flora

Casey Flora, a patient of Dr. Laura Eirmann, underwent 1-131 treatment for hyperthyroidism. Before his treatment he had an excessive appetite and although he was eating well he was losing a lot of weight. Since his therapy, he is happy and at his normal healthy weight.

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Acupuncture Can Treat Pet's Pain

I was told by my neighbor that acupuncture is useful for arthritis.  I had always thought it was hocus-pocus.  Is acupuncture an effective treatment for dogs and cats? Acupuncture is an ancient form of Traditional Chinese Medicine and has been used in domesticated...

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Many Causes For Dog's Shaky Legs

My 4 year old German Shepherd’s back legs shake.  I notice this when we go on walks and he stops to smell something, play in the yard, and even when he’s drinking from his water bowl.  He runs and plays and has no trouble jumping on the couch or bed.  My vet...

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Baby Cockatiel's Pin Feathers Coming In

Q:  I received a hand fed, 8 week old cockatiel several months ago.  He is a great pet and has started to whistle all kinds of tunes.  However, I’ve noticed these little gray “needle-like” things sticking up through the feathers on top of his head.  He doesn’t seem to...

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Special Care For Your Senior Dog at Oradell Animal Hospital

Why does my senior dog not recognize or understand me anymore? When dogs age and become seniors, there are a number of conditions which can reduce their responsiveness to you.    Partial hearing loss or even deafness can occur. These dogs may not greet you immediately...

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Treatments For A Dog's Hair Loss

Q:  My 9 year old Newfoundland and Lab(115lbs) mix is losing fur on his back, I give him the best food, my vet said to give him flaxseed oil instead of omega oil which I have been giving him also 3mg of melatonin 2 capsules (sleep aid?) plus vitamin pill once per...

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Seriousness Of Heart Murmurs In Puppies And Kittens

I just purchased an 8 week old Maltese puppy and took it to my veterinarian for his first exam.  My veterinarian said the puppy has a heart murmur, and that I should consider taking the puppy back since he may not live long.  I have only had the puppy a few days but...

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Canine Laparoscopy Surgery at Oradell Animal Hospital

My dog was recently sick with a liver problem and my vet said she might need a liver biopsy.  I had liver problems caused by gallstones and needed my gall bladder removed.  The surgery was done with tiny incisions and a camera.  Is this done in dogs? Laparoscopy, also...

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Protect Your Pet From Alzheimer's

Since our pets are getting better care than ever before they are living longer and longer lives and we are seeing more aging changes in the brains of our patients. A common finding in our older pets is a cognitive decline. Seen more commonly in dogs, this phenomenon...

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The Easter Bunny visits Oradell Animal Hospital!

On Sunday, April 17th from 10:00 AM - 3:00PM, our clients and their pets took photos with the Easter Bunny to benefit F.O.C.A.S., Bergen County. (Friends of  County Animal Shelter).Oradell Animal Hospital staff raised $530.00 for the organization.

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Dogs can have epilepsy, too

Q:  Our 3-year-old poodle, Missy, collapsed several days ago and had a horrible seizure. We rushed her to our veterinarian, but before we could even get to his office, she appeared fine. Missy, her tail wagging, walked into the vet's office, as if nothing had...

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Clyde survives! Emergency bloat at Oradell Animal Hospital

Clyde is a 7 year old Basset Hound.  His owner took him to his local veterinarian when he was just showing vague signs of not feeling well.  His veterinarian diagnosed Clyde with bloat and referred him to Oradell Animal Hospital.  When in route to our hospital,...

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Cockatiel falls from his perch

Q:  Our 8 year old cockatiel, Poppy, is having trouble perching in his cage.  He’s also having difficulty standing and has fallen several times.  When we take him out of his cage, his grip seems weaker on our fingers.  While his appetite seems normal, he is drinking...

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Loose Change Can Be Lethal For Dogs

My husband always leaves his loose change lying around the house. We recently got a new puppy for Christmas, and she constantly picks things up off the floor.  Should I be worried that she might eat a coin?             You raise an excellent question that many pet...

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Cat Turns Nose Up At Water

Q:  My Siamese cat is almost two years old. She eats about 1 1/2 cans of food twice a day. But while I always put water out for her, she rarely touches it. My veterinarian says she is fine, but I worry that's she's not getting enough liquids, Am I worrying needlessly...

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When is the best time to have my pet neutered?

Traditionally both males and females are neutered at six months of age, but there is some controversy with this. For females, this is recommended to avoid the first heat and have the lowest risk of mammary cancer in the future. For males, this time frame is not really...

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Mealtime important for diabetic dogs

My dog Shelly, a 5 year old female Schnauzer was recently diagnosed with diabetes and is getting twice daily insulin injections.  She is doing better but I am confused about her mealtimes, specifically what and when she should be eating.  I heard that high protein...

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Cat has lost appetite – now what?

Loss of appetite is termed anorexia, different from the self image disorder in people termed anorexia nervosa.  If your kitty has a couple of  “off” days, it is generally not a big problem as long as she maintains her hydration by drinking normally.  Try offering some...

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Why is my ferret losing his hair?

Q:  Our 4-year-old ferret has lost all his hair on his tail and back. He seems fine otherwise, though. I bought some ferret vitamins that I now squeeze onto his food. I have been giving him the vitamins for six weeks and, while he stopped...

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Cat's ear problem needs attention

Q:  I have a 5 year old indoor male cat.  A couple months ago he began developing scabs inside both of his ear flaps.  I want to bring him to the vet for a check-up but it's impossible to get him into a carrier.  Do you have any ideas what this could be and what I can...

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Proper diet forestalls need for supplements

Q:  “Does my pet need vitamins or supplements?”  A:  Healthy dogs and cats have a requirement for various nutrients such as protein, essential fatty acids, vitamins, and minerals such as calcium.  Dogs and cats have different dietary requirements than humans. For...

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Parakeet's beak ever growing

Q:  My parakeet's upper beak grows constantly and every six weeks or so, I'm taking him to the pet shop to have it trimmed. The owner of the shop says his beak keeps growing because he is not chewing on his cuttlebone. That sounds reasonable, but I've never had this...

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Our dog likes to eat rocks and dirt

Q:  Our seven-year-old German shepherd had developed a peculiar new habit. Rocky has begun to chew and swallow unsavory items. Rocky seems to prefer rocks and landscaping mulch, but has swallowed dirt and the occasional newspaper. We're wondering if there could be a ...

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Many cats suffer oral lesions

Q:  Our cat, Snickers, recently changed her eating habits and is now refusing to eat dry food. When she does eat, we have noticed that she chews very slowly and carefully. We think her mouth might hurt, but she won't let us take a look. When we are able to get close...

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Cat fight for Laverne and Shirley

Q:  My name is Pat Davis, and I read you column and know you offer good suggestions to help with pet problems.  I have owned 2 cats, sisters, for the past 6 years. Recently I went on vacation and left them at my daughter's house for 5 days.  She had them in her...

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Medicallly wise to spay your cat

Q:  My pet cat is now about three years old and has not been spayed. She is an indoor cat and seemingly has no issues when she comes into heat. Do you think she will need to be spayed sometime in the future if her cycles remain the same? A:  There are two main medical...

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