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Feline Blood Pressure

Can blood pressure be a problem in cats? As techniques to measure blood pressure in pets have become available, veterinarians have found that cats can suffer from high blood pressure (hypertension). Chronic long-standing hypertension can cause serious and even life threatening problems. Complications of hypertension can include loss of sight, heart disease, kidney disease, seizures,…

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How to feed both dry and moist foods

Do you supplement your pet’s recommended dry food with moist grocery store food? You are not alone. But many pet owners don’t realize that supplementation of a veterinarian-recommended food is usually unnecessary and may even decrease its effectiveness. There are ways, however, to provide variety for your pet without compromising dietary goals. Proper nutrition Foods…

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Variations In Pet Food

“Diet” Pet Foods A new study from Tufts University’s Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine found a significant variation in both calorie density and suggested consumption in “low-calorie” dog and cat foods. Diets with weight management claims and specific feeding instructions or foods with weight managements but no feeding instructions were studied by researchers. The researchers…

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General Pet Search Tips

1.) Start foot search immediately. The sooner you start searching, less distance your pet will have traveled. Thoroughly search the surrounding property and continue in the direction that your pet was last seen heading. Go door-to-door, starting close by initially, moving further out later. Bring a flashlight and check EVERYWHERE: in closets, cupboards, and all…

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The Danger In Feeding Bones

As veterinarians we know that bones can be dangerous for both dogs and cats, and we recommend to not feed bones to your pets. We have seen catastrophic results due to ingestion of bones. Recently the FDA released a paper on this subject and we wish to pass it along to you. All 10 points…

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Anchor Animal Hospital receives AAHA accreditation

DARTMOUTH — Anchor Animal Hospital of North Dartmouth has again received accreditation following a comprehensive evaluation by the American Animal Hospital Association. The evaluation includes a quality assessment review of the hospital’s facility, medical equipment, practice methods and pet health care management. Only 15 percent of all small animal veterinary practices in the U.S. have…

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Cats & Heart Disease

Cats like dogs and humans can suffer from heart disease. It’s interesting to note that each of these species is prone to a different form of heart disease. Humans are most likely to have coronary artery disease which may cause heart attacks. Dogs most commonly have valvular disease in which one or more of the…

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Pet Health Diary

You can assist your veterinarian in the care of your pet by keeping a pet health diary. Your diary doesn’t have to include the typical day. Diaries are important when you detect health or behavioral changes or when you suspect that your pet is ill. Start your diary by recording veterinary visits, vaccinations, flea treatments,…

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Raw Food Diet

The following was excerpted from an article published in the Massachusetts Veterinary Medical Association Newsletter earlier this year. In recent years, raw food diets have become popular among certain pet owners. Many veterinarians believe that raw diets are not only inferior but can also be dangerous for our pets. Recently Dr. Lisa Freeman, a veterinarian…

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What your vets have been up to….

The doctors at Anchor Animal Hospital frequently attend national conferences to learn the most up to date medical information and bring the latest medical and surgical techniques back to Anchor Animal Hospital. Drs. Katherine and Gerald Pietsch attended the Annual Penn Conference presented by the University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine. The conference was…

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