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Holiday Pet Gift Guide 2017

A dog opening a present

Here it is: the Animal Medical Center’s 2017 pet gift guide. These pet products have caught our attention over the past year for their ability to stimulate the brain by engaging your pets in both physical and mental activity. Pets in more stimulating environments are happier and healthier, two great gifts to give your pet

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How to Choose the Right Food for Your Pet

A dog and a cat eat pet food out of bowls

If I had to venture a guess as to the most fretted over issue for pet owners, it would be how to choose the right food for their pet. Grocery store and pet shop shelves abound with bags, boxes, and cans. No wonder the decision is difficult. Here are my tips for choosing the right

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The Pen Cap May Be Mightier than the Sword…

But it can’t beat a bronchoscope! One thing I love about pets is their unpredictability. You just can never guess what they will do next. Here’s the story of Barcley, the French bulldog and the nearly fatal pen cap. The beginning seemed innocent enough: a dog playing with a bright blue highlighter pen. Suddenly, he

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Dogs and Cats as Diana and Orion, the Hunters

Pet owners believe their well-fed, or more likely overfed, dog or cat should have no reason to hunt, but lately it seems my patients are on a hunting spree. Most cat owners who allow their cats outside, become accustomed to freshly killed gifts of mice and other small rodents carefully placed as an offering on

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Everything Old is New Again: Plague and Leprosy

Last week there were two very interesting stories in the news about the intersection between people and animals. Both reported on diseases we rarely hear about anymore: plague and leprosy. Leprosy is the older disease and has been reported since Biblical times. The first reported epidemic of plague occurred somewhat later, in the 6th or

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