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End of Life With Compassion

mcvety contactDr. Kaleigh McVety talks about compassionate end of life pet care.

In Merriam-Webster's dictionary, the word "pet" is defined as "a domesticated animal used for pleasure rather than utility". However, to the vast majority of my clients, our pets are way more than this to us. They are family members that serve a purpose, even if it is just to snuggle with us at night or wag their tails frantically when we come home; because no one in the world is more special to them than us.

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Feline Veterinary Care: Have We Seen Your Cat Lately?

draddante with stellaDr. Kari Addante of TVV Decatur reporting of Feline Vet Care Needs:

Cats are notorious for their independent and self-sufficient nature. Let’s face it, most of the time they have us convinced that we need them more than they need us. Accordingly, none of us wants to provoke the scorn and disdain of this profoundly sensitive species: they’ll make us sorry for sure. At the same time, we love our cats so much and want them to lead long happy and healthy lives. This presents a conundrum: do I take my cat to the vet when they seem just fine and it could be so stressful? The answer is an irrefutable enthusiastic, "YES your cat needs an annual exam!"

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Environmental Enrichment for Indoor Cats

draddante with stellaDr. Kari Addante addresses what indoor cats need in their environment to help them stay happy and healthy:

The enviable life of the indoor cat: meals prepared, cozy beds to sleep in, and playtime at their leisure. It is a wonderful life indeed. At the same time however, it is very important to scrutinize the situation a little further. Is your home providing what is needed to encourage natural behaviors in cats - such as climbing, "hunting", jumping, and even hiding? Is something in your home a source of stress to your cat? Making a few simple changes in your home can make your cat more relaxed and calm, which will help avoid behavioral issues, such as aggression between cats and litter box problems. Moreover, providing a stimulating and safe environment can decrease the incidence of stress related health issues such as feline lower urinary tract disease, feline herpes virus and even obesity.

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Food Allergies

Itchy Skin. . . but No Fleas??

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Food allergy is also referred to as dietary allergy/hypersensitivity, food intolerance and most recently, cutaneous adverse food reactions (CAFR).  Food “allergy” implies an immune system- mediated process, in comparison to “food intolerance” which is simply an abnormal response to ingested food.  A true food allergy is the third most common cause of skin allergies in the dog, second to flea allergic and atopic (inhaled allergen, ie. seasonal) dermatitis. Up to 50% of the time pets have food allergy in combination with another type of allergy.

 

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Experiencing Radiotherapy With My Cat...PHEW!

EttaJane theQuarantineMy sweet Etta Jane was a scrawny, runt of the litter rescue kitten. At the time I adopted her nearly 12 years ago, I was not in a good position to adopt a kitten. But my dear niece, Dr. Stacy convinced me that Etta Jane was just what I needed. She was right and Etta Jane was indeed exactly what I needed at a low point in my life. Her cheerful little presence made me laugh and she blossomed into a gorgeous tortoiseshell calico. When she was recently diagnosed with hyperthyroidism, of course I knew I would do whatever it took to make her well again.

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Fruits and Veggies for Pets

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Our Dr. Stacy shares info worth chewing on...

Whether you're looking to slim down your pet's waistline, or are just looking for healthy alternatives to commercial pet treats, we've found that pets actually like, if not love, the taste of certain fruits and veggies.  Just cut small sized pieces for a healthy, low-calorie snack.  It is probably not a good idea to hand over an entire carrot - or at least not the first time they try it.   Remember, introducing new foods into your pet's diet may cause upset stomach issues such as vomiting or diarrhea. Be cautious to introduce only one new fruit or vegetable at a time to help you spot any health changes.  Here are lists of fruits and vegetables safe for pets.  

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Feline Idiopathic Cystitis

Dr Doss revised for website2Dr. Doss of TVV Decatur reports...

It never fails, as we enter the fall season, we always see a surge in Feline Idiopathic Cystitis.   FIC, formerly known as Feline Urologic Syndrome (FUS), and Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease (FLUTS), consists of a complex set of symptoms that can affect cats of all ages.  Symptoms include episodes of bloody urine, straining to urinate, urinating in abnormal places, and possible urinary blockage. Of all the cats that display this set of symptoms, 50% do not have a cause that can be identified despite extensive testing and can be classified as suffering from FIC.  Idiopathic is the medical term for “we don’t know why”.   

 

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Interdog Aggression

drprather contactDr. Deva Prather of TVV Decatur reports...

If you are fortunate enough to own a dog, chances are you have witnessed them having some sort of aggression toward other dogs. This may be with dogs outside of your home or between dogs in your household. I recommend the following five steps to help decrease these events:

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217 N. McDonough St.,
Decatur, GA 30030
(404) 371-0111

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1227 Rockbridge Rd., Ste. 300
Stone Mountain, GA 30087.
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Atlanta, GA 30327.
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