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Do you have questions about your pet’s health? Are you interested in searching accurate, reliable information regarding medical conditions and how to prevent disease? Check out our pet health care articles for current, accurate information regarding care for your pet.

Feline Diabetes Mellitus

Diabetes mellitus is a common problem in cats. Caring for a diabetic animal requires some effort, but most pets remain happy and comfortable. Successful patient management requires a team effort between you and our veterinary care team. What is diabetes mellitus?...

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Laryngeal Paralysis

The larynx (or voice box) is a structure located in the throat that helps direct air into the lungs and food into the esophagus. Its function is important in preventing food/water from entering the lower airways when swallowing. The larynx opening and closing is...

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Vestibular Disease

The vestibular system is a combination of sensing receptors in the middle ear which help us determine our orientation and movement. These receptors then send signals via nerves to parts of the brain that help us maintain balance and coordinate our movements. If any...

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Transitional Cell Carcinoma (TCC)

Transitional Cell Carcinoma (TCC) is a cancer of the urinary bladder. Transitional cells are the cells that line the bladder wall, TCC is a cancer that arises from these cells. The exact cause is unknown, however, an increased risk of this cancer is found in certain...

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Keratoconjucntivitis Sicca (KCS)

Keratoconjunctivitis sicca, otherwise known as KCS or Dry Eye is a condition in which tear production is abnormally low. Symptoms may include one or more of the following: Dry appearance to the eye Increased thick ocular discharge Conjunctivitis – red/inflamed eyes...

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Flea Control Guide

How to Look for Fleas on Your Pet Examine your pet's coat carefully. Using a fine-toothed comb (flea comb), look for adult fleas, or for specks that look like pepper (flea dirt). The most common areas to find fleas/flea dirt are the groin, armpits, tailhead, and the...

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Equine Euthanasia and What Comes Next

Making the decision to euthanize an equine companion is never easy. Even if the time may be right for our horse, it may not feel like the right time for us to be saying goodbye to our friend. The end of a beloved horse's life can be a very difficult time. Not only are...

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Hay Analysis

Hay is a crucial part of an equine diet in the Midwest, and its nutrition content can play a big role in what grain and supplements your horse may or may not need. When creating a nutrition plan for your horse(s), we recommend a hay analysis. A hay analysis is easy to...

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How-To: Giving Subcutaneous (SQ) Vitamin B12 Injection

Take a new syringe from the package (syringes are single use only, call or visit us to get refills on syringes when needed) Draw up 0.25ml of the red Vitamin B12 solution (measure from the top of the black plunger).​ Pull up the skin between the shoulder blades to...

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How-To: Giving a Pill to a Cat

One thing to keep in mind is that cats will do their best to make pilling difficult. Cats are not too fond of having their mouths pried open, let alone allowing you to insert a pill in their mouth. Some cats will salivate excessively, so it is very important that you...

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Strategic Deworming of Horses

The way it used to be: Traditionally, horses were dewormed every couple months using a rotation of different dewormers. Daily feed-through dewormers were also utilized. However, newer research has shown that large strongyles (which used to be prevalent, and the target...

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What is a Coggins Anyway?

What is a Coggins Test? A coggins is a test for equine infectious anemia (EIA) which is a viral disease.  Facts about EIA EIA is spread by blood-feeding insects such as horseflies, stable flies , and deer flies. It can also be transferred in utero, or via equipment or...

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Simple Conjunctivitis or Something Worse?

What is conjunctivitis and how do I recognize it? Conjunctivitis is where the tissues surrounding the horse's eyes become irritated by allergens, excessive dust, flies, injury, or a combination of irritants. The eyes appear red and watery and often the nasolacrimal...

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The Buzz About EEE and WNV

The Buzz About EEE and WNV There has been a recent resurgence in mosquito-borne diseases in Wisconsin over the last few years, and it has become even more vital that horse owners vaccinate against both Encephalitis and West Nile Virus. Last year, there were 24 cases...

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Toxic Plants to Horses

There are many poisonous plants in Wisconsin that could be a potential hazard to horses. These plants may cause symptoms such as: Colic Muscle weakness Incoordination Depression Paralysis Death Undesired plants can be eliminated in pastures by several methods,...

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Senior Pet Care

There are many changes that can occur in our pets as they age. These changes may require us to care for them differently than we may have when they were younger. This guide is intended to help you recognize the signs or symptoms common in our senior pets and ways to...

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Anaplasmosis: Your Guide to This Tick-Borne Disease

Anaplasma phagocytophila (formerly Ehrlichia equi) is a tick-borne disease which causes Equine Granulocytic Ehrlichiosis. This non-contagious disease is transmitted by the deer tick or blacklegged tick called Ixodes scapularis. (In western states it is also...

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Viral Papillomas

Viral papillomas in dogs are small growths on the lips, gums, around the eyes or on the toes. They are hairless growths that have the appearance of tiny clusters of fingers or fronds. These lesions are most common in young dogs. Papilloma lesions are caused by a...

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Alternatives to Declawing

Scratching is a normal behavior of cats. Scratching allows cats to exercise, mark territory, condition the claws, stretch, and defend themselves. Many cats can be trained to scratch only on appropriate surfaces. In some cases, cats may excessively scratch or scratch...

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Equine Ultrasonography in Equine Practice

We are very excited to have acquired a new ultrasound machine! Ultrasound has many valuable applications in the field of equine veterinary medicine.  A few of the more common uses include: Reproductive: Ultrasound can be used to visualize the mare’s reproductive tract...

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Detecting Infection with Serum Amyloid A

There is now a quick, stall-side test to know if your horse has an infection. A new tool in our box called Serum Amyloid A by StableLab is useful for veterinarians to check levels of a protein found in the blood called Serum Amyloid A. Serum Amyloid A (SAA) is a major...

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Foal-Season Ready!

We recommend planning for breeding season early - even as early as December! This will help make things as stress-free and seamless as possible. Every year Lodi Veterinary Care rechecks mares for pregnancy, and we recommend doing this as early as January. Of the mares...

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Canine Allergies

What are allergies? An allergy is an abnormal reaction of the immune system. Normally, the immune system fights off foreign agents like bacteria and viruses to protect the body. In an animal with allergies, the immune system is reacting in an abnormal way to...

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