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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 […]

Pawsitive Press for March ’19


Pet Poisons

By: Wade Matthews, DVM

Both dogs and cats explore their world with their mouths. We see a lot of problems with pets ingesting things that are not meant to be eaten. They do not have the cognitive function to think about the consequences of their actions. Their motto is “if it looks or smells good eat it.” Some of the common poisons that present to a veterinarian are ethylene glycol (antifreeze), xylitol, chocolate and grapes.

One of the most common poisons that we see in practice is ethylene glycol (antifreeze) intoxication. This liquid has a sweet […]

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