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Matters of the Heart

Just like us, our dogs and cats can develop heart disease. What may surprise you is that they don’t experience heart attacks (myocardial infarctions), the most common human heart health issue. This is likely because dogs and cats don’t live for multiple decades, the time needed for substantial amounts of plaque to accumulate within the… read more


Eight Tips for Coping With Your Dog’s Age-Related Hearing Loss

The most common form of deafness in dogs is age-related hearing loss (ARHL). Most dogs experience some degree of ARHL, beginning sometime during their “third trimester” of life. ARHL begins by impairing perception of middle to high frequency sounds. As the hearing loss progresses it encompasses the entire range of sound frequencies. I suspect that… read more


Nancy Kay DVM – Two-For-One Holiday Book Sale

It is once again time for my two-for-one holiday book sale. Purchase Speaking for Spot or Your Dog’s Best Health and receive a second book for free. There’s no limit on quantity- purchase as many books as you like at this two-for-one price. The books you order will arrive all decked out in holiday wrapping… read more


The Benefits of Canned Pumpkin for Your Pet

Jack-o-lanterns, Halloween decorations, Thanksgiving, and pumpkin pie! This is certainly the pumpkin season. But, do you know that pumpkins can be important year-round for some pets? Canned pumpkin is a commonly prescribed dietary additive for some gastrointestinal maladies. From diarrhea to constipation, pumpkin can be a dog’s (or cat’s) best friend. What is canned pumpkin?… read more


Them Bones: Orthopedic Issues in Young, Large and Giant Breed Dogs

Maintaining the company of a “Clifford” creates a unique feeling of companionship. Walking beside a giant dog, one feels almost regal. And, not having to bend over to stroke your best buddy’s head is a nice perk. If you adopt a large or giant breed pup such as a German Shepherd, Great Dane, Wolfhound, or… read more

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Eight Tips for Keeping Your Dog Free of Tick-Borne Diseases

Ticks are such annoying little creatures, but far more significant than the nuisance factor is their ability to spread disease. Ticks that embed in a dog’s skin can transmit a variety of serious and even life threatening infectious diseases including: Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever Ehrlichia Anaplasma Babesia Lyme disease (Borrelia) Another problem ticks can cause… read more

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Snakes and Spiders and Bears, Oh My!

My husband and I have purposefully chosen to live in the country. There are no other houses within eyeshot, we can run outside naked if we like, and there is no need for worry that our barking dogs are bothering the neighbors. The countryside we’ve chosen is in western North Carolina where we live atop… read more

Diskospondylitis in Dogs

Diskospondylitis refers to an infection within the back, specifically located within the disk and adjacent back bones (vertebrae). The disks are the cushiony structures located between adjacent vertebrae. When bacterial or fungal organisms manage to set up housekeeping within a disk and the vertebrae on either side of it, the diagnosis is diskopondylitis. This disease… read more

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When is Panting Abnormal?

When we observe a dog who is panting, we tend to take it for granted because this behavior is so darned normal. But, is it always normal? While most panting occurs as a means of counteracting overheating (the canine version of sweating), it can also be prompted by a whole host of other reasons. Normal… read more


Long-Term Use of Nonsteroidal Anti-inflammatory Medication for Treatment of Canine Arthritis

Just like people, many dogs develop age-related arthritis. Symptoms are far more common in larger breeds. Not only are the big dogs more predisposed to arthritis, their joint pain is intensified because of the extra weight they carry. Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) As their name implies, NSAIDs are non-cortisone containing drugs. They have both anti-inflammatory… read more

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