Veterinary Research Articles

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December 27th is Visit The Zoo Day! Take advantage of this day to have fantastic family fun while supporting some of our local zoos, such as Zoo Miami and Jungle Island. Elephants, lions, crocodiles, and orangutans are just a few of the many animals you could see during your visit. Peanut and Pumpkin are Jungle Island’s very own miracle orangutan babies –they’re fraternal twins, a rarity in the animal kingdom! Both of them are very intelligent (have ...
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Today is National Mutt Day! This day was founded by Colleen Paige in 2005 with the purpose of embracing, supporting, and saving all types of mixed breed dogs. Unfortunately, mutts fall into the biggest percentage of euthanized dogs due to the constant over breeding and public desire of pure bred dogs. National Mutt Day is celebrated twice a year to raise awareness of the plight of mixed breed dogs in shelters around the nation ...
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It is usual for people to talk about having a family member diagnosed with diabetes, but what about when it is a furry family member who is diagnosed with diabetes? Actually, diabetic dogs are not as unusual as people may think. Studies show that the number of diabetic dogs has tripled in the last thirty years and that the disease progresses 46% faster in dogs than in humans. Furthermore, 50% of diagnosed dogs ...
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Joyce and Gene Laiken were surprised when their family took them to a pet shop seven years ago. That may have been the best surprise they’ve ever received because that is the day Louie, a now 7 ½ year old tri colored beagle, joined their family. Three years later, in December 2010, the couple noticed Louie wasn’t acting like himself. He became lethargic and went several weeks without eating properly, and began to ...
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Annie is a 9 1/2 year-old spayed female mixed breed dog.  She can easily be described as a very feisty girl bursting with personality.  She is also very obedient according to her “mom” Alina.  Which is why it was very surprising that Annie ran into the street and was hit by a car on Friday, June 27th.  She presented to MVS on emergency immediately after being struck by the car—fortunately her “grandparents” ...
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Did you know that medication errors can happen just as easily to your pets as to they can to people? Prescriptions for pets are sometimes filled in the same pharmacies that serve human patients and errors can start with something as simple as abbreviations, especially as there are different systems taught in veterinary and medical schools, and a veterinarian might be more familiar with one than another. As with any prescription, it’s important ...
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  According to The Book of Times: From Seconds to Centuries, a Compendium of Measures, a new book by Leslie Alderman, the average pet owner spends just about 40 minutes with their pet each day.  While the amount of money spent on pets has increased significantly over the past decade, from $28.5 billion in 2001 to $53 million in 2012, the amount of time we spend with our pets has remained around 40 minutes for the last several ...
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Sandy is a 4-year old tiny Toy Poodle who is best described as very easy to love. She is the princess of the Torres house, where she is smothered with love daily. When Ms. Ana Torres, Sandy’s owner, noticed that she began to limp in late 2013, she did what she could and began to give Sandy anti-inflammatory. One year later, Sandy was still limping and taking anti-inflammatory. Ana knew it was time ...
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Unfortunately, obesity isn’t just an issue among humans in this country, but also among our furry and fluffy friends.  In fact, recent reports have estimated that more than 50 percent of pets are now overweight. Obesity can be caused by hormonal problems or genetics, but most often contributing factors include increasingly sedentary lifestyles, too many snacks and calorie-rich food. This can lead to serious problems, as animals who are overweight are more likely ...
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As pet owners, we all know that exercise and physical activity is important for animals, but did you know that dogs can do yoga?  Just like humans, pets can sometimes get stressed and they benefit from the stretching and posing taught through yoga.  In fact, Good Morning America just did a segment explaining the increasing popularity of this trend – you can check it out here - http://abcnews.go.com/GMA/video/doggie-yoga-exercise-involves-pets-18328097. “Doga” is a practice that ...
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