Feline urinary conditions affect many cats every year. It’s one of the most common problems people bring their cats in for. If your cat is having a urinary issue, you might see them going to the box frequently with small amounts of urine, or you may notice them urinating outside the box in the home. The main urinary issues we see in veterinary medicine are cystitis and urinary blockage. Urinary tract infections are actually rarely diagnosed in cats; most are seen when cats are older and more … [Read More...]
Selecting the right food for your pet can be confusing; there are numerous brands and formulations to choose from, all with their own nutritional and health claims. People often find themselves bombarded with conflicting information from pet food commercials, claims on the bags of food, and varying opinions from friends, family and pet food store employees.
Your veterinarian is the best resource in starting to select a food for your pet. A veterinarian and the certified veterinary … [Read More...]
Concerned dog owners have been calling our Mankato, Minnesota Veterinary Hospital concerned about the news regarding the Canine Influenza Virus (CIV) outbreak in Chicago and Wisconsin. River Hills Pet Care Hospital offers the following 6 important facts regarding this emerging condition.
1. What is Canine Influenza Virus?
CIV is highly contagious respiratory disease in dogs caused by a specific Type A influenza virus. This is a disease of dogs, not of humans.
There have been sporadic … [Read More...]
As you venture out this spring, don't forget about your cat friends left indoors. Along with your spring cleaning, consider upgrading your cat's indoor environment. Cats’ needs haven't changed much from those of their wild ancestors. Wild cats were solitary hunters spending large amounts of time searching for prey. They are territorial and get quite anxious when it is disturbed. All cats have a superior sense of smell and hearing; loud noises and strong smells can be stressful.
Most … [Read More...]
Thank goodness for Dr. Woodrow and the wonderful staff at River Hills Pet Hospital that Duke is still with us. Not too long ago he was a very sick dog and no one knew if he was going to make it or not. It was very scary and the uncertainty was awful. It was so sad and hard on all of us not knowing if we were doing the right things for him. The determination of everyone trying to figure out what was wrong with him was amazing, which gave us the hope that he'd be able to pull through it. … [Read More...]
Almost a year ago we noticed our cat Leela had inexplicably lost a lot of weight. She had gone from a 12 pound girl to 8 pounds when we brought her in to be seen. Dr. Sarah Wise immediately noticed she was jaundiced. She ran several blood tests on her. Dr. Wise gave us the diagnosis...idiopathic hepatic lipidosis. For whatever unknown reason, Leela had stopped eating, stopped eating so much she was essentially starving to death. Dr. Wise gave us several treatment options. Leela's … [Read More...]
Boom joined our family just before his 2nd birthday. He was malnourished and underdeveloped when we adopted him October of 2011. Boom sustained his first leg injury August of 2012. He tore his digital flexor tendon and needed surgery. He wore a cast for 6-8 weeks and managed to get around fine after he figured out how to walk, sit and maneuver with a hip-to-foot cast. He had to have weekly bandage changes so once a week we brought Boom to RHPCH in the morning and he spent the day there while we … [Read More...]
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