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WebVet is pleased to introduce Pet-Pods, which are FREE downloadable PDF files that have been developed around the most frequently searched pet-health and wellness terms. Now, rather than randomly searching the Internet to aggregate information about a particular topic, pet owners and veterinarians can download a comprehensive review, including audio introductions, detailed descriptions, images, and videos.

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Allergy Dog


Just like people, dogs and cats can develop allergies to a variety of substances, from pollens and molds, to food items, flea saliva, and even stainless-steel water bowls. Allergies are especially common in certain breeds of dogs, including several types of terriers and retrievers.

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Arthritis Dog


Arthritis is the most common orthopedic problem of pets. The term arthritis literally means “joint inflammation,” which is a good clinical description of this condition. It is a chronic problem that can vary from mild aches and pains of old age to an incapacitating and life-shortening.

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Common Skin Growths Cat


As they age, pets can develop several different types of benign growths in or just beneath the skin. The most common growths are cysts, papillomas (warts), and fat tumors. These lumps are generally slow-growing, but can sometimes become irritated or infected, or can interfere with normal movement.

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Ear Hematoma Dog


Pet ears come in many sizes and shapes. Some are big and floppy, others are smaller and pointy. One thing they all have in common is the potential for an ear hematoma to develop. Although ear hematomas can occur in any dog and even in cats, they are most common in dogs with floppy ears. Dogs often shake their heads, especially when they are wet or when the ear is irritated, such as with an ear infection. As the ears are shaken back and forth, blood vessels in the flap can rupture, causing bleeding under the skin.

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Ear Infections Dog


Ear infection, also known as otitis, is very common in dogs and cats because these pets have deep ear canals that act like megaphones to magnify sound. This means our pets hear better than we do, but it also creates a good environment for infections. These deep canals tend to trap moisture and wax, creating a warm and humid environment that is ideal for growth of bacteria and yeast.

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Flea Cat


Fleas are tiny, wingless insect parasites that can infest many different types of animals, including dogs, cats, raccoons, birds, squirrels, and other wildlife. Pets can pick up a flea infestation from other dogs and cats, or from the outdoor environment.

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Heart Failure Dog


A common problem among aged pets is heart failure, which means that the heart is unable to pump enough blood to keep pace with the needs of the body. Signs of heart failure depend somewhat on the side of the heart that is affected first. Left-sided failure generally causes fluid to backup into the lungs, and common signs are coughing, panting, labored breathing, or rasping. Right-sided failure typically causes fluid to backup into the rest of the body, often in the legs or abdomen. Fatigue, loss of appetite, and general ill health can be associated with any type of heart disease.

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Nutrition Cat


Your pet’s diet should reflect its age and health. For example, puppies and kittens need more calories, protein, and fat than older animals. On the other hand, older pets have different nutritional needs than middle-aged ones. Likewise, pets with specific medical conditions, such as heart disease, kidney disease, intestinal problems, or allergies, have special dietary needs. Your veterinarian can prescribe the type of diet that is best for your pet in each stage of its life.

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Obesity and Weight Reduction Cat


Like people, most pets love to eat! And, just like with people, this love of food can pack on the pounds for pets. It is estimated that nearly half of the dogs and many of the cats in the United States are overweight. A good percentage of these pets can be classified as obese, which indicates a serious weight problem.

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Common Household Poisons Cat


Pets, like young children, are curious about everything and tend to mouth just about anything. Dogs are especially prone to problems, because they eat items indiscriminately, whereas cats are often a little more selective. While it’s impossible to detail every single potentially poisonous substance that pets could get into, there are some common poisons that every pet owner should know more about.

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Reproductive Cycles Dog


The reproductive cycle in pets is called the estrous cycle, and the point in the cycle when females are ready to mate is called “estrus,” “heat,” or “coming into season.” The female dog (bitch) comes into her first heat between about 6 and 24 months of age. Bitches typically have two heats per year, and each lasts for approximately 18–24 days. The cycle of the female cat (queen) is “seasonally polyestrous,” which means that she has multiple heats during certain times of the year.

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Scrapes, Cuts, Punctures And Wound Care Cat


Scrapes (also known as abrasions), cuts (also known as lacerations), and puncture wounds in the skin are common in dogs and cats. Most are minor injuries that heal quickly with minimal treatment, but some are more serious and require surgery. Abrasions are scrapes in the skin caused by grinding; lacerations are linear cuts in the skin caused by sharp objects; and puncture wounds are holes punched into the skin by sharp objects.

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Seizure Disorder Dog


Dogs and cats can have seizures, fits, or convulsions, just like people. These can be secondary to other problems, such as liver disease or brain cancer. It can also be a primary condition called idiopathic epilepsy. An important thing to remember is not to panic. During a seizure, your pet is unconscious and not in any pain. People who have seizures describe feeling dazed, tired, or confused afterward, but say that the seizure itself is not painful.

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Urinary Tract Infections Dog


Urinary tract infections are common in both dogs and cats. Normally, urine is sterile, which means that it doesn’t contain any bacteria or other microorganisms. However, bacteria can sometimes travel up the urethra into the bladder, causing an infection. Infection leads to irritation and inflammation of the bladder (known as cystitis), which causes the muscles in the bladder wall to spasm and an urge to urinate more often than usual.

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Summer Hazards Dog


Warm weather is full of family fun, but also holds risks for family pets. The main concern is heat-related illness (hyperthermia), which can be fatal for your pet. Signs of heat stress include panting, drooling, vomiting/diarrhea, seizure, and collapse. Heat-stress can be a life-threatening emergency, so you need to rush your pet safely to the vet. But spray it down first with cool (not ice cold) water to start the cooling process, and travel in a car with AC or open windows.

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Vomit Dog


Vomiting and diarrhea are generally signs of irritation within the digestive tract, which upsets the usually smooth peristaltic contractions. Vomiting is associated with irritation in the stomach or near the beginning of the small intestine, while diarrhea is associated with irritation toward the lower end of the tract.

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