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Posts From Dr. Marvin Ordway

The Vet Is In: Your Dog Swallowed WHAT?

The Vet Is In: Your Dog Swallowed WHAT?

What do pantyhose and a garden hose have in common? Both were downed by patients at my Twain Harte veterinary practice: A young cat had lost his appetite and was dehydrated, its owner reported. The diagnosis: It ate the pantyhose,

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The Vet Is In: Best Friends’ Guide to Dog Talk

The Vet Is In: Best Friends’ Guide to Dog Talk

Dogs can actually visualize what they smell because people, animals and even inanimate objects leave scents – molecules floating in the air – wherever they go.

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The Vet Is In: What’s Your Cat Trying to Tell You?

The Vet Is In: What’s Your Cat Trying to Tell You?

A cat’s meow is more than mere sound. Along with body language, ear position and facial expressions, it’s a powerful tool for these skilled communicators to express their wants and needs. Learning how and why cats communicate can help you

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The Vet Is In: Keep Pets Away from These Foods

The Vet Is In: Keep Pets Away from These Foods

A list of grocery no-no’s aimed at keeping your pets safe and healthy.

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The Vet Is In: Tiny Pills Pose Big Risks for Pets

The Vet Is In: Tiny Pills Pose Big Risks for Pets

  Your medicine cabinet – and perhaps your kitchen counters, purses and tabletops – may be stocked with pills to ease pain, lower blood pressure, induce sleep or elevate your mood. What you may not know is that these same

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The Vet Is In: Traveling With Your Pets

The Vet Is In: Traveling With Your Pets

Your next trip with your pet is sure to be smooth sailing if you follow these guidelines.

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The Vet Is In: Preventing Cancer in Pets

The Vet Is In: Preventing Cancer in Pets

Cancer is the leading cause of death in cats and dogs. Take these steps to help prevent cancer in your furry friends.

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The Vet Is In: The Beauty and Challenge of Bath Day

The Vet Is In: The Beauty and Challenge of Bath Day

Pet baths can keep owners and their pet pals healthier. Tips for a safe and happy cleanup.

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Happy Healthy Hens

Happy Healthy Hens

Hens are small, easy to care for, relatively quiet and will eat just about anything – even, gulp, ticks. They are also cute and entertaining, and their clucking and strutting tend to have a calming effect on most people. As

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The Vet Is In: Problems with Pets’ Anal Glands

The Vet Is In: Problems with Pets’ Anal Glands

Finish your snack before reading this column. And take a deep cleansing breath. Maybe even two. We’re going to talk about anal glands. These small glands are one of the main reasons for “scooting,” that scourge of carpet owners everywhere.

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The Vet is In: Caring for Your Pet’s Nails

The Vet is In: Caring for Your Pet’s Nails

Animal claws (nails) are made of a tough protein called keratin. Claws help animals and birds catch prey, dig holes, andclimb or perch in trees, and are also used for defense. But injury or neglect of pets’ nails can lead

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The Vet Is In: Winter Safety for Your Pets

The Vet Is In: Winter Safety for Your Pets

Without protection from rain, snow, cold and wind, pets left outside can suffer physically and emotionally and, in extreme cases, develop hypothermia. Hypothermia develops when the pet loses body heat faster than it can be replaced. Subnormal body temperature, decreased

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The Vet Is In: Pet Allergies

The Vet Is In: Pet Allergies

Allergies are states of hypersensitivity, where the body’s immune system overreacts to an otherwise harmless substance. They can be set off by insect bites, pollen, mold spores, mites, fabric, food and much more. Just as with people, allergies can wreak

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The Vet Is In: Rattlesnakes

The Vet Is In: Rattlesnakes

By Dr. Marv Ordway The western rattlesnake is the only venomous snake in our area that can inflict a painful and rarely fatal bite. In the foothills, rattlesnakes come out of dormancy in March when the temperature is above 70

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The Vet Is In: Over-The-Counter Meds

The Vet Is In: Over-The-Counter Meds

Just like people, animals suffer aches, pains and strains that make them uncomfortable but may not require emergency care. Dogs may tumble off rocks while hiking, get kicked by deer, or commit dietary indiscretions with foul consequences. Cats can also

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The Vet Is In: Eye Problems

The Vet Is In: Eye Problems

With many health problems affecting dogs and cats, it may be safe to wait a day or two before scheduling a visit to your veterinarian. Eye problems are a different story. With these, the watchwords are prevention and quick intervention,

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The Vet Is In: Lost Pets

The Vet Is In: Lost Pets

Can you imagine being lost and unable to find your family? Sadly, pets are lost more often than you might expect, with tragic consequences. Unexpected events can separate even the most faithful dogs and cats from their loving homes. If

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The Vet Is In: Euthanasia

Euthanasia is the final act of kindness when a pet is suffering from an incurable disease or severe, irreparable injury. Less frequently, a pet is euthanized due to aggressive or unacceptable behavior. In all cases, it is the veterinarian’s responsibility

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The Vet Is In: Heartworms

Heartworm is a common parasite that is transmitted by mosquitoes and poses a major threat to your family pets. An ounce of prevention in this case is worth more than a pound of cure – it can save your dog’s

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The Vet Is In: Ticks

Here are two good reasons to check your pet daily for ticks: your pet’s health, and your health. The more you know about these disease-carrying arachnids, the more you’ll understand how vital it is to avoid them. Ticks need blood

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The Vet Is In: Periodontal Disease

Bad breath in dogs and cats often signals periodontal disease, the most common disease we see in companion pets. Here’s how it happens: Bacterial buildup on the teeth leads to plaque formation The plaque hardens and turns into tartar, the

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The Vet Is In: How Much Food?

How often and how much to feed your dogs and cats can be a tricky issue in part because of that look. You know the one: “I’m hungry, please feed me.” And an hour later, the same look. I hear

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