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  • Ear Infections in Dogs and Cats: Fighting Otitis
    Is your dog shaking her head a lot? Does your cat have a lot of waxy stuff in his ears?  Is there a bad odor coming from your pet’s ears? Read more
  • My Deadly Valentine
    My Deadly Valentine               OK, I admit, the title is a bit dramatic, but, hopefully, it has you intrigued. Valentine’s Day is a day to Read more
  • Keep Pets Safe and Warm This Winter with these Cold Weather Tips
    Cold Weather Hazards               Pennsylvania winters can be a mixed bag as far as temperatures and precipitation go, and while we are currently experiencing a Read more
  • Vaccines for Bees?
    Vaccines for Bees?              No one likes to be stung by a bee, but the truth is, that honeybees are vital to agricultural systems throughout Read more
  • Does Your Dog Sound Like a Goose? Collapsing Trachea in Dogs
    Does Your Dog Sound Like a Goose?  Collapsing Trachea in Dogs                Small breed dogs such as Yorkshire Terriers and Maltese may develop a Read more
  • Aortic Thromboembolism in Cats
    Aortic Thromboembolism in Cats                Last week, you may have seen our Facebook post about a lovely patient named Pippin who we lost due Read more
  • Can Ferrets Get the Flu?
    Can Ferrets Get the Flu?                 Despite warmish weather and lots of rain instead of snow, it is still winter in south central Pennsylvania and that means it’s flu season.  While Read more
  • Obesity in Our Pets: Make a Resolution to Keep Your Pet at a Healthy Weight
    Obesity in Pets                 One of the top New Year’s resolutions has to be losing weight.  We all vow to exercise and take off those extra pounds we’ve gained by eating Read more
  • Canine Christmas Characters
    Canine Christmas Characters                 Merry Christmas!  I thought we would take a break from my normal educational blog to have a lighthearted look at some of our favorite canine Christmas characters Read more
  • Essential Oils and Your Cat
    Essential Oils and Your Cat                 Our Patton vets get questions from time to time about using essential oils in their homes or on their pets.  While some oils are safe, Read more
  • Leptospirosis in Dogs: Symptoms and Prevention
    Leptospirosis in Dogs Leptospirosis is caused by several strains of bacteria which are spread in the urine of animals such as rats, raccoons and skunks.  Leptospirosis is a zoonotic disease meaning Read more
  • Is Coconut Oil Good for my Pet?
    Is Coconut Oil Good for my Pet?                 Coconut oil has been quite the rage as a cure-all for various ailments in people for some time. Are there any health benefits Read more
  • Flea and Tick-borne Illnesses in Cats
    Flea and Tick-Borne Illnesses in Cats                 Even though it is fall and we have already had one significant snowfall, we are still seeing patients with fleas and ticks at Patton Read more
  • Holiday Safety Tips for Pets This Thanksgiving
    Keep Pets Safe this Thanksgiving                 This week we celebrate Thanksgiving, remembering everything for which we are grateful with family and friends, recalling the Pilgrims first harvest and, of course, eating Read more
  • Are Peaceful Pedicures Possible for Pets?
    Making Nail Trims Less Stressful For Pets                 We all know that most cats and dogs—my own included—do not enjoy nail trims.  But for most, periodic nail trims are a necessity.  Read more
  • Toxoplasmosis: A Zoonotic Disease
    Toxoplasmosis                 While many illnesses are species specific, there are multiple diseases that can be shared between animals and people.  These are known as zoonotic diseases.  One such zoonotic disease is Read more


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