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By Dr. Gary A. Borgman, DVM In the Jan./Feb. issue of Osceola Woman Magazine, I indicated that I would address the various body systems in future articles. So… I will begin with the cardio-vascular system. As we all know, healthy heart function is absolutely essential for humans and...

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By Dr. Gary A. Borgman. Kissimmee Animal Hospital Wow, the hurricane season is over!  (as I write this, Mathew was only five days ago and we mostly “dodged the proverbial bullet” for which we are so grateful this year).  So now we approach some fall and winter holiday...

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By Gary A. Borgman, DVM We are often asked by parents if their children can get any diseases from household pets. Yes children and immune-suppressed individuals of all ages can acquire parasites from household pets but awareness and appropriate preventive measures can minimize or...

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By Gary A. Borgman, DVM In recent articles in the Osceola Woman I have written about choosing a pet, puppy and kitten nutrition, and disease prevention for puppies and kittens.  Now, I will shift the discussion to the Annual Physical Examination visit.  This is when we get to see how...

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Written by: Dr. Gary Borgman In the two previous issues of Osceola Woman I have discussed “Choosing a New Pet” and “Puppy and Kitten Nutrition”.  Now I would like to discuss the very important topic of disease prevention for these vulnerable new pets. Puppies and kittens...

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Written By Dr. Gary A. Borgman In the most recent issue of Osceola Woman, I discussed some considerations when choosing a new household pet.  The legally required Florida Certificate of Veterinary Inspection is your best assurance of good health and appropriate preventative...

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By Dr. Gary A. Borgman With the winter holiday season rapidly approaching, many families begin considering adding a four-legged family member. We are often asked questions about this decision-making process; so what better time than now to address the important issues and questions a...

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By Dr. Gary Borgman Recognizing and assessing the severity of pain is a challenging and ongoing responsibility for pet owners and veterinarians.  Since animals can’t actually speak for themselves, we must rely upon subtle and not so subtle signs and symptoms.  The American Animal...

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By Dr. Gary Borgman Okay, the above title is poor grammar at best, but it does quickly get to the point that canine mange is somehow associated with mites (microscopic parasites). Companion animal veterinarians seeing dogs of all ages in their office can expect to encounter two types of...

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By Dr. Gary Borgman In a perfect world we would all fare better if we could somehow greatly reduce or totally prevent the preventable diseases and conditions of both mankind and our pets.  Of course that is not the case.  Veterinarians devote a lot of their time and efforts in the...

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By Dr. Gary Borgman, Kissimmee Animal Hospital One of the truly great things about being a veterinarian is that our daily professional life is never boring or routine. Most practicing veterinarians are general practitioners. Yes, we do have specialists including board certified...

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By Dr. Gary Borgman We are now into the time of year when many families are considering adding a new furry friend to the home. Since dogs and cats are the most popular household pets, I will confine my remarks to the care of these two species. The decision to add a pet is sometimes...

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By Dr. Gary Borgman In the May-June issue of Osceola Woman we wrote about the science and art of diagnosing health disorders. This issue we would like to focus on kidney health and what can go wrong. Healthy young animals are blessed with five times the capacity needed to maintain...

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By Dr. Gary Borgman We are now well into the heat and humidity of our Florida summertime and fleas really thrive when the temperature and humidity are above 70!   After over 40 years of practice in central Florida, I recall when the best flea control for cats was sevin dust applied...

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By Dr. Gary A. Borgman It is often said at veterinary meetings that veterinarians have three roles: Diagnosing Prescribing Performing surgery If only it were that simple! Today I will focus on the first priority of diagnosing. A long time ago, Will Rogers quipped “The best...

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By Dr. Gary A. Borgman, Kissimmee Animal Hospital, Inc. When I was in veterinary school, many years ago, I was emphatically told by my professors that all dogs have fleas and all dogs itch. Unfortunately there was a lot of truth to that assertion but fortunately these statements no...

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By Dr. Gary Borgman, Kissimmee Animal Hospital Pets are often presented to their veterinarian with symptoms that are believed to be a heart attack.  Fortunately, dogs and cats seldom suffer the type of heart attack (myocardial infarction) which is so deadly to humans.   Animals that...

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By Dr. Gary Borgman, Kissimmee Animal Hospital It is always distressing to veterinarians when we diagnose preventable infectious and potentially fatal diseases of dogs and cats.  Unfortunately there is always a significant population of un-owned and unvaccinated animals in Osceola...

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As I considered what I might write about for this column, I reviewed a list of thirteen articles beginning July-Aug 2011 covering a wide range of subjects.  For this month, I would like to re-emphasize a few “talking points” which are just as relevant today. Allergies - Not Just...

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By Dr. Gary Borgman, Kissimmee Animal Hospital I am often presented with a pet that is losing enough body weight to prompt the owners to seek a consultation.  Unexplained, gradual or rapid weight loss definitely is a warning sign that something may be amiss. We gather as much...

By Dr. Gary Borgman, Kissimmee Animal Hospital It is very common for well intentioned people to present a “found” dog or cat to our veterinary offices so that we can scan for a microchip.  Unfortunately, we almost never find an identifying microchip because a very low...

By Dr. Gary Borgman, Kissimmee Animal Hospital When I graduated from veterinary school in 1969, it was generally accepted that the average life expectancy for dogs and cats was about seven years.  Today the veterinary profession considers that a seven year old pet is middle-aged. ...

By Dr. Gary A. Borgman Kissimmee Animal Hospital   I have previously written about the duty, obligation and responsibility for veterinarians to keep abreast of changes and advancements in veterinary care of our patients.  We do this through attendance at continuing education meetings...

By Gary A. Borgman, DVM We all know about human cancer, the warning signs, and the importance of early detection and treatment.  Most pet owners also realize that cancer can affect our beloved pets but there are some very important issues I would like to discuss.   In my 43...

By Gary A. Borgman, DVM Kissimmee Animal Hospital   As I begin writing this article, I am literally within a few inches of Princess Leah, our five year old Cavalier King Charles Spaniel.  Princess is a perfect example of a dog that could easily be obese.  She loves to eat and we are...