Category Archives: Everyday Medicine

Are mixed breed dogs healthier than purebred dogs?

French Bulldog

Veterinarians hear the question all the time: are mixed breed dogs healthier than purebred dogs? And of course, it is our business to know. Because there is much contradictory, and unreferenced, information on the internet, I’m going to offer my stance backed by peer-reviewed research in this blogpost. I would argue that neither group is

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The Truth About Vital Signs: What Pet Owners Need to Know

Veterinarian listens to a dog's heartbeat

Just like humans, animals have measurable vital signs that indicate their body’s overall functioning. These vital signs include breathing rate, heart rate, temperature and blood pressure. Patients with abnormal vital signs might be considered unstable and urgent steps will be taken to return the heart rate or breathing rate to normal. Illness and injury are

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Does a titer test mean my pet doesn’t need vaccines?

Dog receiving a vaccination

I just finished reading Splendid Solution about Dr. Jonas Salk’s quest to develop a polio vaccine in the years following World War II. The vaccine’s development was considered a medical miracle, protecting children worldwide against polio, a crippling disease that left millions of healthy children dependent on braces and iron lungs. Today, the public is

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