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Pawsitive Press for July ’19


Ear Infections!

By: Dr. Patrick Hafner, DVM

Ear problems in dogs are very common in our veterinary patients. Ear problems are less of an issue in cats. Canine ear problems are generally associated with 1) Parasites 2) Foreign bodies 3) Autoimmune diseases 4) Hormonal diseases 5) Allergies.

Ear diseases usually, present to us with red and inflamed ears with a waxy and smelly discharge. Dogs will rub their ears or shake their heads indicating some degree of discomfort. Ear mites are a cause of ear infections and are more common in feline patients than their canine counterparts. These […]

Pawsitive Press for June ’19



By: Dr. Lori Nichols, DVM

All cat owners know that each cat has his/her own personality. We see kitties who are very happy to visit the doctor, other kitties who refuse to cooperate, and everything in between. Determining the individual personality and (more importantly) the mood of a kitty during an appointment can be a challenge; however, annual wellness exams are very important. Even if your cat does not need any vaccines, yearly exams help us detect subtle signs of illness, such as dental disease and heart disease. Lower respiratory diseases and heart murmurs can develop […]

Pawsitive Press for May ’19


Herbal Spotlight: Body Sore

By: Dr. Michael Bartholomew

The Traditional Chinese Herbal Medicine, Body Sore, is an herbal formula developed by Jing Tang Herbal in Reddick, FL and is utilized for musculoskeletal pain in dogs, cats, and horses. Originally, it was developed for use in performance horses and is the descended from the classical herbal formula Shen Tong Zhu Yu Tang. It was first described in Yi Lin Gai Cao (Corrections of Errors Among Physicians) in 1830. In Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine, pain is the result of a blockage of energy (Qi) or Blood, so the main goal […]

Pawsitive Press for April ’19


Heartworm Diseases

By: Christen Woodley, DVM

What’s not to like about living in the sunshine state? Waves, sunshine, parks, beaches…mosquitoes?? We are blessed in many ways, but thanks to our long-lasting seasons of heat and humidity Florida is also host to many vector-borne diseases, the most famous of which in pets is heartworm disease. Heartworm disease has been diagnosed in all fifty states but is considered an endemic here. And though canines are represented in heavier numbers than felines, the rate of incidence in cats is often 5-15% of the dog rate in […]

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