Common Medical Problems

Two weeks have passed since the last post and not much has changed, weather wise, here in New England. So in the spirit of being the hearty group we are let’s continue to move forward with our lives and pay particular attention to a few additional concerns that always seem to surface at the Brockton… Continue reading

As we all know, winter has hit the eastern US like a runaway freight train. Nearly two feet of snow within less than a week has forced many of us to focus nearly all of our attention on just getting to and from work. Shoveling, getting fuel, commuting for hours, and having food in our… Continue reading

Every year it happens…….The holidays arrive and in spite of all the cautions, warnings, posts and public service announcements our four legged companions get into some kind of trouble. So it is time for the brief reminder. Here are the potential problems we are likely to see during this holiday season: !. Dietary Indiscretion This… Continue reading

Renal Disease Perhaps the most common latent disease that cats unknowingly suffer from is kidney (Renal) disease. Though most of us think that our feline friends are immune to this condition until middle aged or older, such is not the case. Frequently, in our practice, we diagnose cats as young as three of four with… Continue reading

The flea’s time of year is here.  As the heat of the summer is well entrenched and as the occasional thunderstorms keep things just moist enough, flea season is officially upon us.  Now is the time to take control before fleas become established in your house as well as in your pet population, whether just… Continue reading

Cats don’t really have nine lives but most veterinarians will attest to a memorable case (or two or three) where cats who seemingly were poised to leave this life have miraculously recovered.  The stories will range from feline friends who have recovered from terminal cancer, survived kidney disease or emerged from the throes of liver… Continue reading

We have all heard the caution before.  As the weather gets hotter, heat stroke is a real concern in dogs and cats.  But is locking your pet in the car for ten minutes really that bad?  Are there other scenarios we have to be aware of?  Can heat stroke really come on in ten minutes/ … Continue reading

“My vet doesn’t like cats”.  I hate bringing my cat to the vet….it’s so stressful”.  “My cat doesn’t need to go to the vet.  He’s an indoor cat”.   These are several of the typical responses when cat owners are queried as to why they don’t visit the vet on a regular basis.  As veterinarians we… Continue reading

Cancer in pets has reach an alarming rate. In a recent study cancer was the leading cause of death in large dogs (over 50 pounds) as well as older cats (greater than 12 years). Why is this? We really don’t know. While there are factors that contribute to the incidence of cancer such as environmental… Continue reading

Yes…….and……. No. After all, you didn’t think the answer would be easy. One of the most common criticisms we hear about veterinary practices is how expensive it is to bring your pet to the vet. Over the past few years the quality of pet care has improved tremendously and with that improvement the cost of… Continue reading