Tag Archives: pets

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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World Spay Day 2022: What You Need to Know

Snake with eggs x-ray

February 22 is World Spay Day. “Spay” is an interesting word, since it seems to have nothing to do with removing the ovaries and uterus of a female dog. According to Merriam-Webster dictionary, the word spay has a complicated linguistic heritage. Starting with the Latin spatha (a Roman cavalry officer’s sword), through Old French, Anglo-Norman

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Should I learn Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) for pets?

A veterinary professional with a dog

Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is an emergency first-aid technique that sustains blood flow to the brain and heart in the event of cardiac arrest. Many Good Samaritans will learn this technique as part of a first aid course in hopes of saving a life in the event of an emergency. But what about pets? Should we

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Tick Time

close up of a tick

It is tick season on the East Coast. I had one of the little critters delivered to me in a sandwich bag just the other day. The owner had pulled it off her dog and brought it to me to identify, because she was worried the tick might make her dog sick. She did the

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COVID-19 & Pets: Your Questions Answered

A screenshot of a video in which Dr. Ann Hohenhaus answers questions about COVID-19 and pets

This week’s blog post is a bit of a departure from our regularly scheduled programming. Since the current COVID-19 outbreak is at the front of everyone’s minds, I conducted a Facebook Live event last week to answer questions from concerned pet owners. You can watch the full video and read the transcript below. At the

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