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The Real Value Of Your Pet’s Annual Exam

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The Real Value of Your Pet’s Annual Exam By Dr. Patricia Ainsworth If you are like many people, you equate your pet’s annual examination with his vaccinations. Indeed, in many cases one visit can serve both functions. Certainly regular vaccinations, heartworm and fecal tests are an important part of maintaining a healthy pet. However, the real value is found in the examination and health history performed by your veterinarian. One way to maximize the value of this visit is to come prepared with a list of questions or observations about your pet. If you have a problem or concern, I…

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How To Say Goodbye – Written By Dr. Patricia Ainsworth

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Witten By Dr. Patty Ainsworth Part 2 of 2      After much heartache, you and your family have made the decision to euthanize your pet. What next?  In the time prior to euthanasia you may want to spoil your pet a little. This is the one time when all those forbidden foods (chocolate, bacon, etc.) can no longer do any lasting harm.  Time outside sitting in the sun, a last walk or some gentle grooming are all other ways to enjoy time together before you say goodbye.      I always tell people it is difficult to plan a euthanasia well…

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When To Say Goodbye – Written By Dr. Patricia Ainsworth

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When To Say Goodbye – Written By Dr. Patricia Ainsworth Part 1 of 2          Sooner or later, this is a subject that arises between most pet owners and their vets. After eighteen years in practice, I’ve had the euthanasia discussion countless times. While I can’t guarantee you will agree with my opinion, I hope by addressing this issue here to provide some guidance and comfort during a difficult time.           You might hope that your pet will simply pass away in his sleep. While this does happen occasionally, more often an animal experiences a slow decline, perhaps suffering along the way. …

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