Seven Ways to Save Money at the Veterinarian

1) Talk to Your Veterinarian: If your pet needs care and dollars are limited discuss this with your veterinarian. It is important that your vet provides you with all the health care options including the tests that are helpful for diagnosis. In some cases, like non-critical conditions, it may be possible to treat your pet based on findings from the comprehensive physical examination without running tests. Your veterinarian should discuss all your options. 2) Keep Your Pet at It’s Appropriate Weight: So many health conditions are the result of pets being overweight. Some of these include degenerative joint disease, arthritis,
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How to Help Your Pet With Osteoarthritis

Osteoarthritis (OA) is likely to effect most animals at some time in their lives. It’s been shown that 60% of dogs and cats over the age of 6 have OA in one or more joints. As pet’s age, that percentage increases to over 82%. Much can be done to elevate pain and provide excellent quality of life for our pets with OA. 1) Manage your pets weight: This is one of the most important aspect of OA management. Your veterinarian can help you formulate a weight loss program. 2) Relieve the pain: Many safe and effective medications are available to
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Feline Hyperthyroidism

Since my cat Nelly was diagnosed this week with hyperthyroidism, I thought this was the perfect time to write a blog about this common disease of older cats. Hyperthyroidism occurs when the thyroid gland develops a tumor which produces to much thyroid hormone. The excessive amounts of hormone increases metabolism which then stresses the heart and other vital organs. If left untreated, the disease progresses to heart failure and death. The most common signs of Hyperthyroidism: – Great appetite but loosing weight – Increased thirst – Increased activity and restlessness – Muscle loss – Increased urination – Unthrifty hair coat and appearance How is Hyperthyroidism Diagnosed?
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