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Behavioral

Lick Granuloma

Lick Granuloma

Lick Granuloma is an extremely stubborn and frustrating problem that is the result of a dog repeatedly licking the same spot. This problem usually occurs on a front leg but can occur in other locations. Repeated, compulsive licking leads to hair loss, trauma to the...

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Thunderstorm and Firework Phobias

Thunderstorm and Firework Phobias

During the hot summer months many of us love enjoying an intense thunderstorm after days of hazy humidity. And who doesn’t love a grand fireworks display for July 4th? Some of our canine friends may actually find these summer pleasures terrifying. To some extent the...

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Lifestyle

We Love Our Seniors

We Love Our Seniors

For veterinarians and veterinary staff senior pets are often some of our favorite patients. Their families have deeply bonded with them over many years and the devotion that we see from their owners warms our hearts. Wouldn’t it be great if all of our furry family...

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The Dangers Lurking in our Ponds

The Dangers Lurking in our Ponds

Unfortunately, every summer, a few dogs will become very sick or even die from exposure to blue green algae. Here is what you need to know: Toxic blue green algae, or Cyanobacteria, can bloom on ponds when the weather has been hot and humid and the water is stagnant....

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Local Jargon

Local Jargon

What does that mean? As New Englanders, we love to adopt our own terms and jargon for things. When you are from New England you don’t use your directional in your car, you put on your “blinkah” to signal that you are going to turn. Veterinary medicine is no different....

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Nutrition

Grain-Free Diets: What You Should Know

Grain-Free Diets: What You Should Know

There have been a lot of stories in the news lately that many dogs and a handful of cats have become sick and even died of cardiomyopathy that has been linked to grain-free pet foods. This is really scary for a lot of pet owners who have been feeding these designer,...

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Tackling the Pet Obesity Epidemic

Tackling the Pet Obesity Epidemic

As veterinarians, obesity of pets is one of the most common and preventable problems that we encounter. Pets are simply getting too many calories for their level of activity. We all know that obesity leads to many health problems. It is not good for us and not good...

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Parasites

Cat Scratch Fever

Cat Scratch Fever

Cat Scratch Fever is not just an old Ted Nugent song, it is also a disease that people can catch from cats. The bacteria, Bartonella henselae, is transmitted by the scratch (or possibly bite) of a cat. Since it is transmitted from animals to people it is categorized...

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The Importance of Parasite Testing

The Importance of Parasite Testing

Why is fecal parasite testing important? Yes, we live in the north and have very cold and snowy winters. Intuitively one would think that this would help kill many parasites. Believe it or not we do actually see lots of pets with intestinal parasites in Massachusetts....

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The Secret Lives of Fleas

The Secret Lives of Fleas

The weather is getting warmer and we are seeing an increase in the humidity and the fleas are so happy that their favorite weather is here. These tiny, blood-sucking insects can be a real nuisance. They can cause anemia, spread disease, cause tapeworm infections and...

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Prevention

Mosquitoes and Pets – What You Should Know

Mosquitoes and Pets – What You Should Know

Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE) has hit Massachusetts and dutiful pet owners are concerned about what to do to protect their pets. The mosquitoes are still out in full force and thirsty for blood. Here are some facts and advice to get you through until the weather...

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Heartworm Disease – Better to Prevent than Get

Heartworm Disease – Better to Prevent than Get

You may have heard of heartworm disease in dogs but, living in the north, you may not be especially concerned. However, like many parasites that have historically been more of a concern in the south, heartworm is also on the rise in Massachusetts. A decade ago...

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The Importance of Vaccines

The Importance of Vaccines

Vaccines are one of the most notable, life-saving medical innovations. Thank you Dr. Jenner. They rank right up there with anesthesia, antibiotics and hand washing. Thank you Drs. Morton, Fleming and Lister. The ability to give a small dose a replica of a deadly germ...

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