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  • Having your pet properly prepared before blood collection helps to ensure that test results are as accurate and reliable as they can be. Sometimes abnormal test results say more about how the pet was prepared than about true illness.

  • Colder winter months and the busy holiday season can pose special health risks to pets. Help your special furry friends weather the winter by considering a few simple tips.

  • Punishment is the application of a stimulus that decreases the chance that a behavior will be repeated. It must coincide with the undesirable behavior, and must be unpleasant enough to deter the cat from repeating that behavior.

  • The American Animal Hospital Association and the American Veterinary Medical Association have paired up to develop preventive feline healthcare guidelines to help veterinarians and cat owners keep cats healthy and happy. All medical professionals are increasing their reliance on scientifically grounded clinical guidelines such as these to improve patient health, quality of care, and quality of life. Veterinarians recognize the usefulness of these guidelines in elevating the standard of care they can provide to their feline patients.

  • Probiotics are dietary supplements that contain normal, potentially beneficial bacteria and yeasts. The currently adopted definition of a probiotic by the FAO/WHO (the United Nations Food and Agricultural Organization and the World Health Organization) is: "Live microorganisms which when administered in adequate amounts confer a health benefit on the host".

  • Your veterinarian has prescribed procainamide to correct irregular heartbeats, allowing the heart to return to a normal rhythm, and/or to slow down a heart that is beating too fast. This allows the heart to work more efficiently.

  • The retina is a light sensitive layer of cells at the back of the eye that contains cells called photoreceptors. Progressive retinal atrophy is a group of degenerative diseases that affect these photoreceptor cells.

  • Propantheline bromide is used for the treatment of diarrhea, to decrease muscle spasms and decrease secretions. It may also be used to treat urine leaking.

  • While not a glamorous topic, waste disposal is a fact of life. We toss left- over food, worn out clothes, old newspapers, and countless other items in the trash or recycling bin. But some waste, like the medical variety, requires more careful disposal.

  • Propranolol is a non-selective beta blocking agent, which is used to correct irregular heartbeat. Propranolol decreases the heart’s need for blood and oxygen and therefore reduces the amount of work the heart must do. Propranolol may also be used to decrease high blood pressure. This medication may be prescribed for other conditions as determined by your veterinarian.

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