Common Pet Problems

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Common Pet Problems From Our Durham Veterinarian

In business since 2003, New Hope Animal Hospital has been providing both routine and urgent care for animals in the Durham area. Read on to learn more about the most common reasons for bringing your dog or cat to the vet, the most common health issues in dogs and cats, and symptoms that can alert you to the need for emergency pet care.

Most Common Reasons For Vet Visits

Most veterinarian visits are routine, such as yearly physicals and vaccinations. It's also common for pet owners to bring their dogs and cats in for skin problems, ear infections, and GI upset. Pets are also regularly seen for dental care.

Some Common Health Issues In Dogs And Cats

A common health issue in both dogs and cats is dental tartar, which can lead to gum disease. This can be treated with an in-office cleaning, which is an outpatient procedure. Another common health issue in dogs and cats is being overweight or obese. When a dog or cat carries too much extra body fat, it can lead to health issues, such as heart problem, diabetes, and arthritis. Many dogs and cats are also treated for ear infections, which can often be remedied with a simple, in-office treatment or sent-home medications.

Symptoms That Require Urgent Or Emergency Pet Care

There are some symptoms that necessitate emergency veterinary care. These symptoms include bleeding that does not stop quickly, gagging and/or choking, inability to urinate or defecate, refusal to drink or eat, staggering or other difficulty using limbs, and seizures.

Contact Our New Hope Animal Hospital in Durham, NC Today!

Whether you're in need of routine veterinary care or you are experiencing a veterinary emergency, our Durham veterinarian is ready to provide top of the line health care to your pet. Call us at 919-490-2000 to schedule an appointment today.

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  • "Dr. Windram is such a great veterinarian! He always takes the time to follow up visits with a call, and is so patient with my high-stress, vet-anxious dog. I only wish I could get this kind of medical care for myself!"
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  • "I've been going here for about 4 years with my dog. The staff is kind and loving towards the animals and very friendly and professional."
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  • "Our dogs have gone here for nearly a year now and all the doctors and staff are friendly, knowledgeable and thorough. Great clinic all around."
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  • "Dr. Bush is the most amazing and thorough veterinarian I have ever encountered. She is a true professional and cares equally for both her patients as well as their owners."
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  • "My pets have been cared for by the folks at New Hope for years now. Best vet practice in Durham hands down!"
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