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The Feline Distemper Vaccine

Even though the yearly vaccination for cats is commonly called a distemper vaccine, there really isn’t a feline version of the disease that causes canine distemper. The name comes from the fact that when vaccinations for the common serious cat diseases became available, they were compared to a dog getting its distemper vaccine, so the […]

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The Canine Distemper Vaccine

The Canine Distemper vaccine, which is abbreviated to DA2PP, protects against four deadly diseases, only one of which is called “distemper”.  The “D” in DA2PP stands for Distemper. Canine Distemper has NOTHING at all to do with a dog’s behavior or temperament.  Getting the vaccine will not keep a dog calm or stop it from […]

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People, Pets and Zoonosis

Rabies.  Lyme Disease. Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever.  Salmonella.  Psittacosis.  West Nile Virus.  Zika Virus.  Hookworm.  Toxoplasmosis.  Ringworm.  Scabies.  Mad Cow Disease.  Giardia.  Roundworm.  Cat Scratch Disease. These are all serious illnesses, caused by many different pathogens.  Some are viruses, some are caused by bacteria.  Others are parasites, one is a misfolded protein known as a […]

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Overheating and Heatstroke

As ambient temperatures approach body temperature, animals have a very difficult time keeping cool, especially dogs, which can only lose body heat through panting.  Panting moves cool air around the body and nasal passages. A normal respiratory rate for a dog is between 20-30 breaths per minute, but when panting a dog may breathe 200-400 […]

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Caring for Orphaned Kittens

If you find orphaned kittens, you should call the office at 824-4108 so we can assess their health and hydration status, or you should seek help at a 24-hour care facility to have them evaluated after business hours. Unweaned kittens need around the clock care. It is important to feed the kittens with a kitten […]

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It’s Kitten Season!

Cats have a unique reproductive system.  Intact female cats, which are known as queens, have evolved to be “seasonally polyestrous”.  This means that cats only come into heat during one time of the year, but they can have multiple litters during that time.  In our area  queens begin coming into heat in January, and the […]

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Vaping Products Dangerous to Pets

There aren’t many studies on the dangers of vaping.  Preliminary studies have found that vapers have increased mouth sores that do not heal and increased chronic bronchitis.  Some of the non-toxic ingredients in e-cigarette liquid or “juice” can become toxic when heated by the e-cigarette coil. E-cigarettes are perceived as a safe alternative for adults […]

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Cats and Hairballs

Cats are known for vomiting hairballs, which is more common in long-haired breeds of cat, and tend to be the same color as the cat’s fur. Known medically as a trichobezoar, hairballs are seldom round.  As the hair passes from the stomach through the esophagus, the hair takes on a sausage shape.  Many people mistake […]

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Lost Dogs

Prevention is best to keep your dog home and safe. Try to prevent escapes by ensuring that fences and gates are secured and in good repair.  Dogs can squirm out of gaps in fences, open loose gates, will dig under a fence.  Some very small dogs can fit between gateposts even when the gate is […]

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April is designated as Prevent Lyme Disease Month.

As we *finally* begin to enjoy some spring weather, many people, and their dogs, head to parks and begin to clean up the yard after winter.  Ticks are becoming more active as well.  We have been seeing a large increase in tick activity in Western New York, and that also means an increase in tick-transmitted […]

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Heartworm Prevention is Needed All Year Long

Heartworm is a chronic, insidious, deadly disease that causes damage to the entire cardiovascular system.  Vessels are damaged very early on, before the infection is even detected in a test, and the longer those worms live in the vessels of the heart and lungs, the worse the damage becomes. Adult heartworms can grow to be […]

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Stop by Our Table!

We would love if you would come and visit our table at the Orchard Park Chamber of Commerce Health, Fitness & Business Expo to be held on Saturday, March 24, 2018 9 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at the Orchard Park Country Club on 4777 S. Buffalo Street, Orchard Park. Southtowns Animal Hospital will be helping […]

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Lily Toxicity in Cats

As Easter approaches it is time to worry about cats and Lilies.  After the long Western New York winter, we look forward to flowers bright flowering bulbs are popular gifts. Every store and nursery bursts with the colorful blooms. When discussing lily poisoning, most people think of white Easter lilies, but modern horticulture has produced […]

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March is National Poison Prevention Month

When it is possible your pet may have eaten something toxic, it is important to ACT QUICKLY! If you suspect your pet has ingested any of these items or any other questionable substance, call us IMMEDIATELY for assistance. After hours or on weekends seek IMMEDIATE help at a 24-hour veterinary emergency facility. Fast and accurate […]

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Spaying and Neutering Has Health Benefits for Pets

Spayed females tend to live longer.  Spaying helps to prevent breast cancer.  Having your pet spayed before the first heat gives the best protection, but there can also be benefits from allowing your pet to have one heat cycle before surgery.  It is best for you to discuss this with the veterinarian. Unspayed females are […]

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4 out of 5 Pets Live With Dental Pain

It is a sad statistic, but true.  4 out of 5 pets are living with dental disease, pain, and infection. Animals are very good at hiding symptoms of pain and discomfort, so many owners are unaware of the problem until it is severe. Some signs that your pet is experiencing dental discomfort include: Bad Breath […]

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Be Aware of Xylitol in Common Products

Recently, some posts about certain brands of peanut butter being a danger to dogs have been circulating on social media such as Facebook. Dogs love peanut butter.  It is a very common flavor for treats and dog biscuits, as well as being used right from the jar to stuff a treat or give a reward.  […]

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2018 Is Going To Be An Exciting Year!

We are delighted to announce that Southtowns Animal Hospital has acquired the building at 136 Orchard Park Road, the former site of Continental Transmission. There are many new and fantastic things in store for this property, including deluxe boarding for dogs, cats and exotic animals, obedience training, behavior training, day care for dogs, and more! […]

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Some Winter Tips for Your Pets

Know Your Dog’s Limits A dog’s cold-tolerance and from breed to breed.  If it is too cold for you to stand outdoors without a coat, it is probably too cold for your dog.  Short-haired dogs feel the cold faster and should wear warm, dry coats for outdoor activities.  Short legged pets become colder faster because […]

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Help Support The Animal Food Bank of WNY

Bring your pets and join us for Photos With Santa on Saturday December 2nd and Saturday December 16th from 2:00 to 4:00 pm! Photos are $5.00 each, and all proceeds go to benefit the Animal Food Bank of Western New York There will be a basket raffle, and treats for people and pets! Please help […]

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Everything You Need to Know About Heartworms

Heartworm disease is a serious and potentially fatal disease in pets in the United States and many other parts of the world. It is caused by foot-long worms (heartworms) that live in the heart, lungs and associated blood vessels of affected pets, causing severe lung disease, heart failure and damage to other organs in the […]

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3 Serious Canines Conditions

The following 3 conditions are serious illnesses that may happen to a dog. If you notice any of these symptoms or are worried your dog may be afflicted with one of these it is important that you give us a call and bring your dog to the Vet immediately! Canine Infectious Hepatitis Canine Infectious Hepatitis […]

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What is Distemper Anyway?

As we all know, Canine Distemper has NOTHING at all to do with a dog’s behavior or temperament. Many people mistakenly believe otherwise. The confusion comes from the origins of the word and the sometimes strange notions people had about what caused diseases many hundreds of years ago. Our word “Distemper” comes from the Latin […]

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