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Below you will find a list of articles that we at Limerick Veterinary Hospital feel may benefit our clients and patients.

Hip Dysplasia

Hip Dysplasia is a common pathological condition that affects both male and female canines. Large breed dogs, such as the Labrador Retriever, Great Dane and Saint Bernard are prone to hip dysplasia.

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Summer Precautions

It is great to enjoy summer with your pet. It is also the time when your pets have the greatest risk of injury and heat related problems. Here are some tips to keep your pet cool in the summer.

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April Showers Bring May Flowers

It is hard to believe that we are already over a quarter of the way through 2012. We aren't the only ones who are excited to see the sun shining every day, our four legged children are equally happy to spend hours basking in the warmth of spring. We all know chocolate is toxic to our pets, but we forget items found outside in our yards and gardens that can cause life threatening problems. Remember even if our own are safe, neighboring yards and woods may not be.

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Fleas are Ectoparasites that feed on the blood of most animals. The most common flea infesting cats and dog is the cat flea, however dog flea and rodent flea are not uncommon. Fleas are plentiful, carry diseases, and may cause severe allergic dermatitis. They also play a noticeable role in zoonosis, the transmission of disease from animal to human. Even though a certain species of flea prefers a certain host, they are not host specific (with some exceptions) and will feed on any available host including humans.

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Cats and Microchips

Most pet owners understand the benefits of microchipping their dog but do not think about their cat. Most people keep their cats indoor and do not think about them getting lost. But this does happen far more frequently than you might think. An indoor cat can slip out an open door very quickly. Many of these cats who find themselves outside become very scared and tend to run and hide. They do not come when their owners call for them It isn't until that flight response subsides that these cats seek out humans. By this time, these cats can be quite far from home. They are often taken to a local shelter or kept by a good Samaritan. It is reported by the ASPCA that only 2 % of lost cats are returned to their owners.

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Grapes and Raisins

Some of the most common things that we humans eat can be harmful to our pets. Most people already know this with things like chocolate, but the simple little grape can also kill your canine companion. Ingestion of grapes and raisins can cause kidney failure in dogs. It was first documented in dogs that ate large quantities of grapes or raisins, but since has been found to occur in dogs that ate just a few.

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Chocolate Toxicity

Holiday time often means an increase in tasty treats in the home - from Halloween candy to Christmas cookies to Easter bunnies. While our pets may share our sweet tooth, many products we can eat safely are dangerous to our four-legged friends. Chocolate in particular contains compounds called methylxanthines, a group that includes caffeine and theobromine. While caffeine is a great way for people to perk themselves up, dogs and cats are much more sensitive to the effects of this class of drug. In general, chocolate tends to be more dangerous for dogs as most cats don't particularly enjoy the taste of sweet foods.

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In remembrance of Goldie

Every owner wants to keep their precious companions healthy and safe, but sometimes things that are unknowingly dangerous are just within reach of their pets.

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