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Pet Smarts: Just as in people, it’s important
to treat allergies in pets to relieve symptoms

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By Dr. Sachiko Miyakawa KyForward columnist   Atopy is a hereditary disorder that causes an allergic response to environmental allergens. In humans, such an allergic response can cause a runny nose, sneezing and itchy eyes. However, airborne allergens can cause …

Pet Smarts: What’s all that goop? Excessive buildup around eyes from insufficient tears

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By Dr. Mara Wendel KyForward columnist   Just like certain people, some of our canine companions are prone to dry eyes due to inadequate tear production. The medical term for this condition is keratoconjunctivitis sicca (KCS), which is a fancy …

Pet Smarts: Open wide Sparky – February
is Pet Dental Health Awareness Month

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By Dr. Michele Arnold KyForward columnist   If you’ve ever owned a middle-aged or older pet, the one thing you probably hear every time you take your pet to the veterinarian is “Well, it’s time for Sparky to get his …

Pet Smarts: Itchy dog? Getting to the root
of the problem is key to long-term relief

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By Amanda Chism Briggs KyForward columnist   Dogs of all shapes and sizes can become “itchy dogs,” and the causes can be as diverse as the dogs themselves. Treating itchy skin, or pruritus, is difficult because so many of the …

Pet Smarts: Food labels are a good read for anyone who cares about pet’s nutrition, care

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By Arnora Griffith KyForward columnist   About a month ago, two of the doctors here at Sheabel and I, a veterinary technician, were invited by Hills Science Diet to visit their research facility in Kansas. They keep a large number …

Pet Smarts: Guinea pigs make happy companions, but require specific care, diet

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By Jennifer Heidgerd Special to Kyforward   While dogs and cats are certainly the most popular household companions, there are also some other furry friends who can steal our hearts. Falling into the “pocket pets” category along with mice, hamsters, …

Pet Smarts: Tragic loss of pet leads to a fulfilling, purpose-driven career choice

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By Dr. Michelle Jude Special to KyForward   This is a question I get often, especially by school age children and wonderful clients that like to talk. I recently was asked to read the book Start with Why by Simon …