Common Issues

Ear Hematoma in Dogs


“Dr. Rannals, my dog came up today with a fat, swollen ear. It happened all of a sudden.” Ear hematomas in dogs are somewhat common. We see them several times yearly here at the Rannals Small Animal Hospital. Fortunately, they can be repaired. What Happens An aural hematoma is a condition where a small blood […]



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Viral Infections in Cats, Rabies, Felv, and FIV


There are a handful of viral infections in cats that are particularly dangerous because they usually cause near 100% mortality. Most of these viral infections can be prevented simply by keeping your pet indoors. In fact, indoor cats have nearly twice the life expectancy of outdoor cats. In part, that is because they are not […]



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Diabetes in Cats


You’ve got that lazy house cat that has gained more and more weight over the years.  She’s the perfect lap cat.  But lately, you’ve noticed she’s started losing weight.  And you cannot keep her water bowl filled.  And that litter box!  It’s always soaked!  Diabetes in cats is an all too common problem now, especially […]



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Snake Bites in Dogs and Cats


Snake Bites in Dogs and Cats So you come home from work to find your dog’s face is swollen twice it’s size and he’s been in your back yard all afternoon. Bad news..,. It means you’ve got a snake in your yard. More bad news… your dog found it and got bit. Snake bites in […]



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Aging in Dogs


So, your dog seems to be slowing down as he gets older. Aging in dogs is a big topic in veterinary medicine today because dogs are living longer than in years past. In fact, average life expectancy in dogs is almost double what it was decades ago. Thanks to better wellness care, vaccinations, heartworm preventions, […]



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Snake Bites in Dogs and Cats


Snake Bites in Dogs and Cats So you come home from work to find your dog’s face is swollen twice it’s size and he’s been in your back yard all afternoon. Bad news..,. It means you’ve got a snake in your yard. More bad news… your dog found it and got bit. Snake bites in […]



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Urinary Bladder Stones in Dogs


Believe it or now, dogs can get urinary bladder stones. In fact, it’s fairly common. Owners often bring their pet in for frequent urination, accidents in the house, or they are seeing obvious blood in the urine. While these symptoms often just indicate an inflamed or infected urinary bladder, they can also be signs of […]



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Parvo Virus Disease in Dogs


Since the appearance of parvo virus disease in 1980, many questions have risen in the minds of concerned pet owners. Let’s attempt to answer some of these questions. Canine Viral Enteritis is the actual medical description of the disease we call “parvo”. It is caused by a virus of the parvo family which is closely […]



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ACL Injuries in Dogs


Just like athletes can injure their knees and tear their ACL’s requiring surgery, so can your canine family member tear their ACL’s in their knees. In fact, ACL injuries in dogs is one of the more common musculoskeletal injuries we see in vet medicine. ACL stands for Anterior Cruciate Ligament. (A newer term is actually […]



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Common Eye Problems in Pets


Common Eye Problems in Dogs When it comes to eye problems in your dog, we don’t like to mess around. Extra eyes don’t exactly grow on trees. So when your pet is having eye discharge or apparent pain in the eye, at the Rannals Small Animal Hospital in Whitehouse, we take it seriously. Three of […]



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