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Helping Cats as They Age    

Dr. Al Townshend Aging is a process that begins the moment we are born and continues until the day we die. The same is true for every plant and animal on the planet. Starting early to slow the aging process is the key to a long and happy life for all. Thanks in part to […]

The Senior Period in a Pet’s Life is Special     

Dr. Al Townshend We are all aware that we begin to age the day we are born. Our pets are no different; they go through three different primary stages as they age.  Puppies and kittens grow and develop. Their body grows, and the tissues become more efficient and more robust. The brain begins to learn, […]

Feline Diabetes    

Dr. Al Townshend Diabetes mellitus is a disease of the pancreas. The pancreas is a vital organ that has two primary functions. Some of the cells of the pancreas produce the enzymes essential for the digestion of protein, fat, and carbohydrates. The other cells of the pancreas, beta cells, are responsible for making insulin that […]

Canine Diabetes    

Dr. Al Townshend Diabetes mellitus is a disease of the pancreas. The pancreas is a vital organ that has two primary functions. Some of the cells of the pancreas produce the enzymes essential for the digestion of protein, fat, and carbohydrates. The other cells of the pancreas, beta cells, are responsible for making insulin that […]

Cancer: Understanding the Risks and How to Combat Them     

Dr. Al Townshend According to the American Veterinary Medical Association, approximately 1 in 4 dogs, and over 50% of dogs over 10 years of age are likely to develop some form of Cancer. Additionally, Colorado State University estimates that 1 in 5 cats will be diagnosed with Cancer in their lifetimes. Guardians understand that their […]

Joint Health: Prevention is Key to a Long, Happy and Healthy Life     

Dr. Al Townshend The domestic dogs and cats we know today evolved as predators. They are designed for stealth, agility, and in the case of the dog, endurance. Their ability to survive depended on these abilities. Fortunately, our four-legged companions don’t need those characteristics to survive today; however, they didn’t lose their desire to be […]

Treats     

Dr. Al Townshend It seems that we are all spending more time with our pets these days, and it has enhanced the appreciation we have for our relationship and the benefits for both pet and Guardian.  Many Guardians have experienced the improved health that comes with more time with pets. More exercise walking and playing […]

Pancreatitis is a Serious Medical Condition in Dogs and Cats     

Dr. Al Townshend Pancreatitis is a medical condition caused by inflammation of the pancreas. It is an all-too-common problem for dogs and cats that can be life-threatening. While the symptoms are similar in both the canine and feline, the causes and treatment are different. Part of the pancreas is concerned with controlling blood glucose and […]

Do You Feed Your Pet to Satisfy Their Appetite?     

Dr. Al Townshend For most pet Guardians, the time we spend feeding our pets is a pleasing and positive experience. For the dog it has been that way since man and canine first developed a relationship some 15,000 years ago, and it led to the wild dog (wolf) being the first species that man domesticated. […]

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