What You Need to Know Bloat and Gastric Dilatation Volvulus in Dogs

What is Bloat and Gastric Dilatation Volvulus? Bloat is a serious and potentially life threatening condition where the stomach fills excessively with air, fluid, or food. When this happens it can rapidly progress to a life threatening condition called Gastric Dilatation Volvulus (GDV).  GDV occurs when a dog bloats and the stomach twist around on itself cutting off the blood supply to both the stomach and spleen. GDV can cause a dog to die with in minutes to hours. Signs of Bloat and GDV: The signs include restlessness, anxiety, panting, and acting painful. The stomach area looks boated and enlarged.
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Thanksgiving Pet Safety Tips

Thanksgiving meal should be for people and not pets. Every year after thanksgiving we see several cases of vomiting and diarrhea in pets. Dogs are particularly sensitive to high fat foods, and even small amounts of Thanksgiving dinner can cause a serious and potentially life threatening condition called pancreatitis. Also, some foods that are safe for people, such as onions, garlic, raisins, yeast dough, and chocolate, are poisonous to pets. If you want your four legged family member to have a Thanksgiving treat, only feed treats that are made for pets. Make sure all Thanksgiving leftovers are put away safely
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How Did My Indoor Cat Get Fleas?

Today, November 1st, two cats came into the animal hospital for skin infections and itchiness. Both cats live 100% indoors and both pet owners were very surprised to find out their cats were itching from fleas. Both owners asked, “How did my indoor cat get fleas?’ This question inspired today’s blog post.   The most common answer is hitchhikers. The fleas hitched a ride on someone or something else that entered their homes. Usually the hitchhiker flea comes inside on other pets that go outside. Any visitor, both human and animal, can bring fleas to your home.   However, that
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