Archive for January, 2012

Choosing A New Pet – Written By. Dr. Patricia Ainsworth

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Choosing a New Pet – By Dr. Patricia Ainsworth              Regardless whether you are a current, previous or first-time pet owner, a little advance planning can make the entire experience more rewarding.  Since Falls Road Veterinary Hospital sees only dogs and cats, I’ll confine my discussion to these species.  I love to get calls from prospective pet owners before the decision is made.  I’d rather set the record straight in advance than deal with “buyer’s remorse” if the choice is ill-conceived.              One of the most important considerations in pet selection is your own resources of time, space and money. …

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Kennel Cough

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KENNEL COUGH (INFECTIOUS TRACHEOBRONCHITIS) WHAT IS IT? “Kennel cough” is an infectious bronchitis characterized by a harsh, hacking cough which most people describe as sounding like “something stuck in my dog’s throat.” It is analogous to a chest cold for humans and is only a serious condition in special circumstances (see below); in general, it resolves on its own. A dog with Kennel Cough generally feels active and maintains a normal appetite despite frequent fits of coughing. There is usually no fever or listlessness, just lots of coughing. NOT SURE WHAT A COUGHING DOG SOUNDS LIKE? Dogs can make an…

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Canned Cat Food Vs. Dry Cat Food? By Dr. Bidget Fagan

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Canned Cat Food Vs. Dry Cat Food Most people would be surprised to hear that canned food is actually better for your cat than dry kibble. There are three main reasons for this:   1. Canned food usually has higher quality proteins. Dry kibble is usually high in plant based protein versus canned food which is usually high in animal based protein. Cats are obligate carnivores which means they were made by nature to eat a meat based diet. They lack certain enzymes required to efficiently process plant based proteins. Proteins from animal sources contain a complete amino acid profile…

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