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The links presented here are ones we think are well written and you may find beneficial. Veterinarians at other veterinary hospitals who share the same practice philosophy as the doctors at NWAH have written many of the articles posted here. We post them here because of the concise and eloquent way they are presented.
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GENERAL PET CARE INFORMATION
Pre-Anesthetic and Diagnostic Blood Testing - An excellent summary of the basic diagnostic blood tests used for diagnosis of health problems as well as pre-anesthetic screen. We strongly recommend regular blood testing on all animals over 7 years of age as well as ANY animal undergoing an anesthetic procedure. Read this article to learn why.
The Pet Care Forum - An excellent library of information on nearly every animal disease treated in veterinary medicine! This library of information is written by veterinarians for pet owners and is hosted by a powerful research resource for veterinarians called VIN (the Veterinary Information Network).
AAHA Pet Care Library - A massive library, from the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA), of helpful articles for pet owners on topics like Behavior, Common Health Problems, The Human-Animal Bond, Nutrition, Pet Care Topics, and Preventive Care.
AVMA: Care for Pets - A site from the American Veterinary Medical Association on basic pet care topics.
Pet Owner's Guide - Pet Health Information Sheets
Worldwide Web Virtual Library: Veterinary Medicine - The WWW Virtual Library Veterinary Medicine is a selected collection of veterinary medical Internet resources. This page began operation on December 7, 1994. More comprehensive links are located on the NetVet Veterinary Resources homepage.
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Anatomy for the Pet Owner
Age Analogy Chart for Your Pet
Aging and Your Pet - An excellent summary of things to watch for as your pet ages.
AltVetMed - Holistic Veterinary Medicine - Acupuncture, Chiropractic, Herbal Medicine, Homeopathy, Nutritional Therapy & Other Complementary or Alternative Modalities
Anesthesia and Your Pet - An excellent review of anesthetic safety and how the anesthetic procedure is conducted.
All Pets Dental - General Dental Care from veterinary dentist, Dr. Jan Bellows.
Pets Need Dental Care, Too - Dental care shouldn't be like pulling teeth.
Carnassial Tooth Abscess - the most commonly fractured and removed tooth in the mouth of a dog.
Pet Dentistry - A Virtual Look - take a look at the difference between healthy teeth and gums, and the severe more commonly seen dental diseases.
First Aid - Another helpful site from AAHA covering many basic Pet First Aid issues.
Holiday Dangers for Pets
Medical Muddle on the Internet - Fact or Fallacy? You can't always trust the medical information found on the internet. From the PLUGGED IN section of the Baltimore Sun Papers
Online Medical Dictionary
Opportunistic Infections and Your Pet - an article from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention about pets as a source for human infection (zoonotic infection).
Parasites of Dogs and Cats - Illustrations
Roundworm Transmission - From Pets to People - instructions from the Center for Disease Control for Veterinarians
Worms and Your Dog
Pet Health Topics - Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine
Pet Nutrition - an excellent site from a veterinary nutritionist at the Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Many QuickTime video demonstrations on this site.
Nutrition - The Foundation of Health - A nice site written by a veterinarian with several good articles listed at the bottom.
Fatty Acids - You and Your Pet - A thorough discussion of the essential fatty acids, how they work, and how to use them.
Neutriceuticals: Questions to Ask - Neutriceuticals, Alternative and Complementary Medicine. An excerpt from the Ohio State University College of Veterinary Medicine Nutrition Web Site.
Wolf Managers Comment on Feeding Bones to Canids
Poisonous Plants - This is a growing reference from Cornell University that includes plant images, pictures of affected animals and presentations concerning the botany, chemistry, toxicology, diagnosis and prevention of poisoning of animals by plants and other natural flora (fungi, etc.).
Plants and Your Cat - get the facts on flora, fauna, and your feline! Many of them can be deadly!
Animal Poison Control Center - The ASPCA Animal Poison Control is a unique, emergency hotline providing 24-hour-a-day, 7-day-a-week telephone assistance to veterinarians and animal owners. The Center's hotline veterinarians can quickly answer questions about toxic substances found in our everyday surroundings that can be dangerous to animals. There is a $45 consultation fee paid by the animal owner, veterinarian or product manufacturer.
Antifreeze Poisoning and Newer Generation Products that are safer.
Chocolate Poisoning
Ice Melts & Rock Salts - Pet Health Hazards
Selecting the Best Companion Animal for You - Dogs and Cats
American Kennel Club
Dog Owner's Guide to Picking the Perfect Puppy
NewPet.com - a wealth of information for soon-to-be pet owners.
Picking the Perfect Puppy - things you should consider before picking a puppy.
The Art of Raising a Puppy - This complete guide, illustrated with more than 80 photographs, explains the stages of puppy development, how to communicate with your pup how to begin a complete training program, and how to deal with common problems like chewing, jumping up, and paper-training. The Art of Raising A Puppy is an essential source of wisdom, information, and inspiration for anyone who loves and cares for a puppy.
Sled Dog Central - Information owners of sled dogs and fans may enjoy.
Spay and Neuter Procedure: Cats and Dogs
Why to Spay or Neuter? - There a number of reasons why you should spay or neuter your animal as well as a number of misconceptions about the procedure you should understand.
Travel and Your Pet - Pets on the Go for the Jet Set Pet - is a multi-faceted web site offering everything from a comprehensive database of pet-friendly accommodations and expert advice on the best places to stay to articles on noteworthy, pet-oriented destinations and recreational retreats.
Ready for Road Trips
Trusts - Wills for Your Pets?
Waltham Forum - Every year, millions of pounds ($) are invested in WALTHAM research programs. These programs are aimed at determining the nutritional and behavioral needs of companion animals; and then developing products which meet these needs in a practical way. It is WALTHAM that provides the science behind world-leading brands such as Pedigree. and Whiskas., as well as Cesar., Sheba., Trill., Aquarian., Winergy. and Exelpet..
Worldwide Web Virtual Library: Veterinary Medicine - The WWW Virtual Library Veterinary Medicine is a selected collection of veterinary medical Internet resources. This page began operation on December 7, 1994. More comprehensive links are located on the NetVet Veterinary Resources homepage.
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LASER SURGERY LINKS
AccuVet - The homepage of the company that markets veterinary CO2 laser units. Much helpful information on how laser surgery is superior to traditional surgery in most situations.
Advantages of Laser Surgery
Why Consider Laser Surgery? - A fine description of laser surgery, its benefits, and examples of how it is used by veterinarians to care for animals.
Laser Surgery and Your Pet - A highly informative site on laser surgery for pets.
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BREED INFORMATION
The American Kennel Club (AKC) - For the love of the purebred dog.
Breed Newsgroups - A massive list of existing news groups dedicated to specific breeds.
Breed-Specific Behavior of Pure Bred Cats
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FELINE SPECIFIC INFORMATION
Aggression Between Cats in a Multicat Household
Behavior Guides for Cats - This helpful article covers the majority of behavior problems with cats including Inappropriate Elimination, Aggression, Eating House Plants, Scratching, Vocalization and more.
Feline-Behavior.com - a nice site covering many feline behavior facts and problems sponsored by Friskies.
Cat Scratch Disease | Your Cat's Diet | Cat Litter Options | Constipation and Your Cat
PetDiabetes.org - an excellent site with all you will need to know about managing this difficult condition. This site lists all the methods of blood glucose testing at home and where to get the necessary supplies.
Home Blood Glucose Monitoring Devices - we recommend either the Bayer Elite or Elite XL. You will also need to purchase extra lancets and test strips. More on the Bayer Elite.
Digestive Upset in Cats - vomiting and diarrhea in cats.
Ear Mites in Cats
Feline Future - A compendium of interesting facts, tips, and notes about the feline species.

Feline Resources - from the PBS show "Nature"

Hyperthyroidism in Cats - with renal failure, this is the other most common condition diagnosed in aged cats. This article nicely describes the disease as well as the 3 major treatment options. At NWAH, we have found radioiodine treatment to be the most cost effective and least traumatic treatment for your pet. Although, the initial expense is greater, long term it is our treatment of choice.

Radioactive Iodine Treatment - information and instructions on why this is the best method for treatment of feline hyperthyroidism.

Kitten Care and Feeding
Plants and Your Cat - get the facts on flora, fauna, and your feline! Many of them can be deadly!
Renal Failure in Cats - an all to commonly diagnosed condition in aged cats.
Respiratory Infections In Cats
Taste and Your Cat - cats have a very great sensitivity to taste.
Toxoplasmosis - what pregnant women and immunosuppressed people should know.
Vaccine-Associated Sarcomas - issues to consider in relation to vaccination of, and how often to vaccinate cats.
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CANINE SPECIFIC INFORMATION
Picking the Perfect Puppy - things you should consider before picking a puppy.
Basic Canine Pregnancy Information
The Whelping & Rearing of Puppies - a complete and practical guide. All who breed should own this book.
Canine Pregnancy: helping your dog with labor and delivery
Behavior Guides for Dogs - This helpful article covers the majority of behavior problems with dogs including Aggression, House Soiling, Anxiety, Senility, Destructive Behavior, Coprophagia (ingestion of feces) and more.
Book reviews of dog books on all topics
CERF: Canine Eye Registration Foundation
Pet Diabetes.org - an excellent site with all you will need to know about managing this difficult condition. This site lists all the methods of blood glucose testing at home and where to get the necessary supplies.
Home Blood Glucose Monitoring Devices - we recommend either the Bayer Elite or Elite XL. You will also need to purchase extra lancets and test strips. More on the Bayer Elite.
Digestive Upset in Dogs - vomiting and diarrhea in dogs, an all to common occurrence.
Diarrhea - Dietary Management in Dogs - A nice article from a gastroenterologist and leading authority on gastrointestinal disease in dogs and cats from the College of Veterinary Medicine at Texas A&M University.
Dog Owner's Guide - the online magazine for pet and show dog owners.
Foot Pad Diseases in Dogs
Hip Dysplasia - a non-veterinary site with a general description about hip dysplasia and several links of benefit. See also another good site on Treating Canine Hip Dysplasia.
Orthopedic Foundation of America - An organization dedicated to diagnosis and prevention of hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, autoimmune thyroiditis, congenital heart disease, and patellar luxation.
House Training Your Puppy
Hypothyroidism in Dogs - a relatively common condition of low thyroid hormone production.
Kennel Cough - Infectious Tracheobronchitis - similar to the common cold of humans.
NewPet.com - NewPet contains a wealth of helpful resources for new, or soon-to-be, pet owners. There is a world of fun tips and helpful hints on where to get a new pet and how to care for the new addition once you bring your bundle of joy home.
Parvo Virus - a real problem in Alaska
Puppy Mills - information you should know before purchasing a puppy.
Sarcoptic Mange in Dogs
Separation Anxiety and Clomipramine - managing this difficult condition.
Skin Diseases in Dogs - quite possibly the most common problem seen in veterinary medicine.
Urinary Incontinence in the Dog
Wolf Managers Comment on Feeding Bones to Canids
Worms and Your Dog
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BEHAVIOR INFORMATION
Homepage of Veterinary Behaviorist, Wayne Hunthausen, DVM. - Dr. Hunthausen has many highly informative articles on his web site as well as he performs telephone consultations. See the links on the left for articles and the links on the top for information about consultations.
Clicker Training, popularized by Karen Pryor. - Clicker training works with all species of animals.
Gary Wilkes, who used to work with Karen Pryor, has much more on clicker training and some unique gadgets.
Jean Donaldson, author of The Culture Clash: A Revolutionary New Way of Understanding the Relationship between Humans and Domestic Dogs - The American Pet Dog Trainer's Association has her book on a member's top 10 favorites, for themselves and for clients.
Terry Ryan - author of "The Bark Stops Here" and "The Toolbox for Remodeling Your Problem Dog" also has a good web-site for products and information.
Aggression at the Vet's Office
Behavior Guides for Cats - This helpful article covers the majority of behavior problems with cats including Inappropriate Elimination, Aggression, Eating House Plants, Scratching, Vocalization and more.
Feline-Behavior.com - a nice site covering many feline behavior facts and problems sponsored by Friskies.
Aggression Between Cats in a Multicat Household
Behavior Guides for Dogs - This helpful article covers the majority of behavior problems with dogs including Aggression, House Soiling, Anxiety, Senility, Destructive Behavior, Coprophagia (ingestion of feces) and more.
Dog Bite Prevention
Good Dog.com - A Guide to Training Your Dog - An excellent consultation service for pet owners struggling with behavioral problems. Dr. Rolan Tripp, a veterinary behaviorist, and a regular guest on Animal Planet's Petsburg, USA and Good Dog U, provides this service. Dr. Tripp is an expert on Separation Anxiety.
Perfect Paws - Dog and Cat Behavior Training Center - an excellent resource of articles on most dog and cat behavior problems.
Separation Anxiety and Clomipramine - managing this difficult condition.
Separation Anxiety and Clomipramine - managing this difficult condition.
Washington State University College of Veterinary Medicine Behavior Service
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SPECIFIC DISEASES AND PROBLEMS
ACL (Anterior Cruciate Ligament) Injuries in Dogs - a site of helpful links about this common knee injury in large breed dogs from a non-veterinarian.
Cruciate Ligament Damage and Repair
Arthritis - Complementary and Alternative Veterinary Medicine
Arthritis Treatments for Dogs and Cats
Addison's Disease (Hypoadrenocorticism)
Bloat (Torsion) or Gastric Dilitation Volvulus (GDV)
Cancer (Oncology) in Animals
Total Cancer Management in Small Animals - Complementary and Alternative Veterinary Medicine.
Chemotherapy of Neoplastic Disease (Cancer) - More than you ever wanted to know about cancer and chemotherapy from the Purdue College of Veterinary Medicine.
Mast Cell Tumors in Dogs and Cats
Cardiac Diseases of Dogs and Cats
Clostridial Enteritis - Diarrhea - a frequently recognized cause of chronic intermittent diarrhea in dogs caused by the bacterium Chlostridium perfringens.
Cushing's Disease - Hyperadrenocorticism - a detailed description of this disease and its treatment. More on Treatment.
What exactly is Cushing's Disease? Understanding this complex endocrine disease.
Pet Diabetes.org - an excellent site with all you will need to know about managing this difficult condition. This site lists all the methods of blood glucose testing at home and where to get the necessary supplies.
Home Blood Glucose Monitoring Devices - we recommend either the Bayer Elite or Elite XL. You will also need to purchase extra lancets and test strips. More on the Bayer Elite.
Growth Related Diseases - this page covers the many orthopedic diseases that can affect growing animals like Panosteitis, Wobbler Syndrome, Ununited Anconeal Process, Osteochondrosis (OCD) and Nutritional Hyperparathyroidism.
A Guide to Hereditary and Congenital Diseases in Dogs - an informative, but not too user-friendly site. We recommend you copy the text in Section I about your breed into Notepad, and then switch back and forth to find the various diseases.
Hip Dysplasia - a non-veterinary site with a general description about hip dysplasia and several links of benefit. See also another good site on Treating Canine Hip Dysplasia.
Orthopedic Foundation of America - An organization dedicated to diagnosis and prevention of hip dysplasia, elbow dysplasia, autoimmune thyroiditis, congenital heart disease, and patellar luxation.
Liver Diseases of Dogs and Cats - a thorough covering of all the major liver conditions diagnosed in dogs and cats with illustrations.
Liver Shunts
Canine and Feline Nephrology and Urology - a site with many helpful links concerning all forms of kidney disease in dogs and cats by a veterinary urologist.
Renal Failure in Cats - an all to commonly diagnosed condition in aged cats.
Canine Urolithiasis - Bladder Stones See also: Illustrations of Bladder Stones
Nutritional Secondary Hyperparathyroidism
Opportunistic Infections and Your Pets
Osteochondrosis: Osteochondritis Dissecans (OCD)
Pancreatitis in Dogs and Cats - an excellent reason NOT to feed your pet table scraps!
Panosteitis (enostosis)
Canine Parvo Virus
Protein-Losing Enteropathy
Rabies - Questions and Answers
Skin Diseases in Dogs - quite possibly the most common problem seen in veterinary medicine.
Skin Problems: Food Allergies in Dogs and Cats
Ear Problems - Companion Animal Dermatology site is still under construction, but the Ears link is very helpful in understanding the reasons why dogs develop ear infections.
Anal Sac Disease
Demodex Mange in Dogs and Cats
Ununited Anconeal Process
Urinary Incontinence in the Dog
Von-Willebrand's Disease
Wobbler Syndrome - Cervical Spondylomyelopathy
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EUTHANASIA
Euthanasia and What to Expect - It is never easy to make the decision to euthanize, but when you know the time has come, this article will help you better know what to expect. Another helpful page: Understanding Euthanasia.
Pet Loss and Grief
Virtual Pet Cemetery - All of us, at one time or another, have had a pet we loved and lost. If you wish to immortalize your pet in the tombs of cyber-space for eternity, this is the place.
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