Featured Pet – December 2017

Featured Pet of the Month – December Big Ben is our featured pet of December, and who doesn’t love a handsome bulldog? He is a bit of a goof ball, but he considers taking care of his baby humans a very important job. He also takes finding a good snack quite seriously, as you can […]

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National Veterinary Technician Appreciation Week Oct 15 – 21

National Veterinary Technician Appreciation Week provides a welcome opportunity for us to show our technicians just how much we appreciate them. While we hope they feel appreciated EVERY day, technician appreciation week allows us to brag about them publicly. This special week also highlights the incredibly important role technicians play in caring for our clients […]

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Featured Pet – October 2017

Mathilda, our featured pet of October, is a really special little girl. She is a four year old pygmy goat who was referred RMVC by Rocky Top Veterinary Services after a heart murmur was detected. Mathilda was given good news following her echocardiogram and she will not need to see her cardiologist for a recheck […]

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Featured Pet – August 2017

Navarre Hoffsetz – This adorable little pup might be small but his personality is MIGHTY! He is frequently involved in escapades that leave his family laughing. Like when he was a puppy and would grab a toilet roll and run through the house with toilet paper streaming behind him. Or the time no one realized […]

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The Kindness of Others

Klementine O’Neil was in the business of making people smile, and how could anyone not smile looking at this sweet face. She loved coming to RMVC for her cardiology rechecks, and her visits were often followed with a touching note or some delicious snacks for her team. Sadly we lost Klementine last month, when her […]

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Featured Pet – June 2017

  DELTA  DUBOIS – It is impossible to look at this handsome face without smiling, and Delta DuBois is equally charming in person! This three year old Labrador Retriever is a long time cardiology patient at our VRCC location. Delta has Tricuspid Valve Dysplasia and visits us regularly to have fluid removed from his abdomen […]

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Teddy Heart Foundation

Teddy was a little Chihuahua that was diagnosed with Mitral Regurgitation by Dr Martin back in 2011. He was a familiar face with the cardiology department at VRCC ever since then. Teddy passed away in 2016 and his amazing owner created “Teddy’s Heart” to honor his memory. Earlier this year we received a wonderful donation […]

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April is Heartworm Awareness Month

What is Heartworm? Heartworm disease is caused by a parasite called Dirofilaria immitis that is spread to dogs through mosquito bites.  Cats can also get heartworm disease but they are more resistant to the infection.  Heartworms cause the blood pressure in the pulmonary arteries to increase. This increased pressure, called pulmonary hypertension, increases the workload […]

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Monitor Your Pet’s Respiratory Rate at Home

One of the concerns for dogs and cats with heart disease is the development of congestive heart failure – this refers to fluid build-up (congestion) within the lungs, which generally causes signs of coughing (dogs), restlessness, labored breathing and lethargy.  Therefore we recommend that many clients begin monitoring their pets resting respiratory rate at home […]

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Update on Treatment for Feline Arterial Thromboembolism (FAT): Clopidogrel vs. Aspirin Trial

Feline arterial thromboembolism (ATE) is a serious complication typically associated with cardiac disease in cats. A 5-17% incidence has been reported in cats with cardiac disease. It is believed that an enlarged left atrium is a risk factor for ATE, however the disease has also been reported in cats without cardiac disease. Common signs resulting […]

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