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What You Need to Know About Canine Parvovirus

Canine parvovirus, also known as parvo, is a highly contagious illness that can be passed to any dog, particularly unvaccinated dogs and puppies under 4 months old. Is your dog protected? It’s a serious matter as parvovirus affects the gastrointestinal … Continue reading

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Ear Infections in Dogs and How to Avoid Them

Some pet owners get to experience more than their fair share of ear problems in their furry wards. A few of you may even be regulars at Oakland Veterinary Referral Services’ dermatology department. While some ear infections in dogs may … Continue reading

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Diabetes in Pets: Are You in the Know?

With more pets leading a sedentary life and the increase in pet obesity, more dogs and cats are developing diabetes at some point in their lifetimes. This disease is an important one for pet owners to be familiar with. Do … Continue reading

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An Owner’s Guide to Lumps and Bumps on Pets

When you stumble across something on your pet that wasn’t there before, it can be a very disconcerting feeling. Is it a tick? A discarded piece of bubblegum? Cancer??? Pets often have such thick coats that we neglect to find … Continue reading

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Pet Respiratory Problems: A Primer for Owners

If you have ever had trouble breathing, you know how scary a feeling it can be. There are many causes of breathing trouble in pets, just as with people, but they all result in difficulty taking a breath. If you … Continue reading

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When You Gotta Go: Urinary Tract Infection in Dogs

Urinary tract infections are not pleasant, whether you have two legs or four. When the urinary tract (the bladder, kidneys, or ureters between the two) are host to bacteria, no one is happy. Keep reading to learn about UTIs in … Continue reading

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A Mega Mission for Canine Megaesophagus Awareness Week

July 19th-25th is Megaesophagus Awareness Week and Oakland Veterinary Referral Services is on a mission to raise understanding about this condition. Keep reading to help us achieve our goal and learn about canine megaesophagus. Mega What? Understanding Canine Megaesophagus The … Continue reading

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An Animal Owner’s Guide to Pet Liver Problems

Liver problems are usually serious for a pet. As a pet owner, you want to better understand what is happening with your pet, even if they know he or she is in good hands. There are many different pet liver … Continue reading

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Congestive Heart Failure in Pets: Reading the Beat on Your Pet’s Health

A diagnosis of congestive heart failure for your pet can certainly be an intimidating one. As with many things in life, though, it is much scarier when you don’t really understand it.  Keep reading to learn what you need to … Continue reading

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Heart Disease in Cats: What Every Feline Fanatic Should Know

Heart problems are serious business, no matter what your species. And cats are no exception. Unfortunately, heart disease in cats can be very difficult to detect. That’s where your family veterinarian may recommend a consultation with one of the veterinary … Continue reading

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