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Introducing Pet 411 with Dr. Cathy Meeks

Editor’s note: This is a new column that will appear on BluePearl’s website. Submit your questions for Dr. Cathy Meeks at pet411@bluepearlvet.com. Being a veterinarian really isn’t all that different than being a detective. I should know. When I started college, I planned to get a degree in criminology with an eye toward becoming either […]
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Make a New Year’s resolution for your pets

We doubt your pets have vowed to eat better and go to the gym three days a week, but they could still benefit from a few New Year’s resolutions. So read our list. These resolutions will help you keep your pets happy and healthy in 2016. Have you resolved to exercise more? Where possible, add […]
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Preventing Holiday Weight Gain

If you are from New England, you know it can be hard to not gain weight during the long winter. Between being snowed in, freezing temperatures and all the holiday culinary delights, many exercise and diet plans go out the window. Our furry friends are not immune to this phenomenon. Getting pets out to exercise […]
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How to Teach Your Dog Good Manners

By Jill Sackman, DVM, PhD, DACVS Holiday season is upon us. Parties, guests, music, food – what could be better? But, as many pet parents know, the holidays can also bring out the worst in their canine companions. When your dog barks like crazy at the door, jumps on guests as they enter or steals […]
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It’s an Emergency When Your Pet Can’t Go

If your dog is demanding to go outside more than usual, or your cat is driving you crazy with all his litter box visits, it may be a signal that something is very, very wrong. When the urethra – the thin tube through which urine is moved out of the body from the bladder – […]
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Cancer, Chemo and Wagging Tails

Meet Cutter. This handsome boy loves life, travel, and now – one and a half years since his initial diagnosis, surgery and chemotherapy treatment for cancer of the tonsils – walking and running more than a mile a day. Most pet parents are shocked to learn that chemotherapy and radiation therapy, which often make humans […]
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Is Your Pet Hiding a Toothache?

You would think that a cat or a dog who has a throbbing toothache would shy away from the food bowl. That’s not so, says Dr. Donnell Hansen, a specialist in veterinary dentistry and oral surgery at our Minnesota hospitals. Pets eat right through the pain and, for the most part, don’t complain. (At best, […]
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Celebrity dog comes through surgery “with flying colors”

GRAND RAPIDS — Even celebrity dogs need some extra care every now and then. That’s why a handsome 6-year-old golden retriever named Charlie came to the BluePearl Veterinary Partners hospital in Grand Rapids last week for surgery on his left hind knee joint. Charlie is star of “Charlie & Company,” a series of live-action and […]
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PHOTOS: Puppy electrocuted by power cord makes a full recovery

  GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — Mary Berghuis wondered why her computer had just shut off. Then she looked down to see Casey, her beloved and energetic goldendoodle puppy, motionless on the floor. Casey was right next to a power strip, her mouth on the power cord. She didn’t appear to be breathing. Berghuis instantly realized […]
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While I was Hysterical BluePearl Went to Work

I have two rescues and the female, Nellie, has giardiasis and had been at her vet the previous week getting proper medication. On Saturday night, she got all wobbly and looked as if she had suffered a stroke. Thankfully, my vet had BluePearl’s details on his voicemail recording. The staff were fabulous, and while I was […]
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