Archives: Illness & Disease

  • Key Vaccinations for Dogs

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    One very important part of dog ownership is making sure your dog stays up to date on his vaccinations. This is actually required by law in many places, and with good reason. Vaccinations help build your pup’s immune system, protecting him from dangerous and deadly diseases. They also help curb the spread of infectious disease. Because some diseases—such as rabies—can be transmitted to people, human safety is also a factor. In this article, a vet … Read More »

  • Cats and Toxoplasmosis

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    Have you ever heard that handling litterboxes is dangerous for pregnant women? It’s true that everyone, especially pregnant women and those with compromised immune systems, should take precautions against toxoplasmosis, which can be transmitted by cats. A local vet discusses toxoplasmosis below. What Is Toxoplasmosis? First, it’s important to understand that not all cats have toxoplasmosis. Cats can contract it by eating rodents, birds, or other small animals infected by the parasite Toxoplasma. The parasite … Read More »

  • Signs of Heat Exhaustion in Cats

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    As you may have noticed, cats are very, very good at getting comfortable. However, while Fluffy can certainly manage to sleep in some very awkward positions, she isn’t quite as good at cooling herself off. In fact, hot weather can be very dangerous to our feline buddies! Fluffy has a fur coat on, and really doesn’t have any effective ways to cool herself down if she overheats. Read on as a local vet lists some … Read More »

  • THE LAMINITIS HORSE – What is laminitis, and what can we do about it?

     By Dr. Rachel Shutter, DVM If you have ever called your horse an “easy keeper,” wondered when your gelding was going to foal or joked about how your horse gains weight off air, then keep reading, friends, because what I am about to tell you may be crucial to your horse’s health. Those horses described above may be easy on the pocketbook feed-wise but they may end up giving you more trouble in the long … Read More »

  • Canine Hydrotherapy – Utilizing an Underwater Treadmill (UWTM)

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    By Dr. Curt Stonecipher Canine hydrotherapy is nothing new to Veterinary Medicine but it for us at Dakota Hills Veterinary Clinic.  I completed my Canine Rehabilitation Therapist certification in October 2015 and we have recently added an UWTM. What is canine hydrotherapy? Hydrotherapy in an underwater treadmill uses the inherent properties of water, or the principles of relative density, buoyancy, hydrostatic pressure, and resistance to provide its therapeutic benefits in a safe environment.  Pain is … Read More »


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    In the past several days, we have examined an alarmingly high number of coughing dogs (dozens).  These dogs have come from a variety of situations, but most commonly have history of visiting one of several different boarding facilities within 2-5 days prior to the onset of the coughing.  Some of these dogs have had a fever and a few have been ill enough that they have required hospitalization. Due to our concern of a possible … Read More »

  • Common Illnesses in Guinea Pigs

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    Do you have a pet Guinea pig? Guinea pigs are very adorable little pets, and are one of the most popular types of pocket pets. These little furballs are very endearing, and make wonderful pets. Like any other animal, however, they can be susceptible to specific diseases and conditions. In this article, your veterinarian Black Hills outlines a few common illnesses in Guinea pigs. Dental Problems Dental issues are very common in Guinea pigs. A … Read More »

  • Understanding Canine Asthma

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    Did you know that dogs can suffer from asthma just like we can? Canine asthma is actually relatively common in dogs. Learn more below as your Rapid City veterinarian discusses the disorder as part of Asthma and Allergy Awareness month. What Causes Canine Asthma? Most cases of canine asthma are caused by allergies, which often accompany asthma. When your dog inhales allergens, his respiratory system triggers an asthmatic response. Potential allergens that your dog is … Read More »

  • Foods That Are Toxic to Dogs

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    Your Labrador retriever Jake could make it big as a canine vacuum cleaner. He waits until you turn your back, snatches food from the table or the counter, and runs away before you can corner him. Though some of Jake’s snacks might only mean an upset stomach, other foods are toxic to dogs, potentially causing serious injury or death. While Jake’s Black Hills veterinarian is equipped to handle a toxic food emergency, you’d rather avoid … Read More »

  • Ear Problems and Your Cat

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    Poor little Lily. Your sweet little cat has abandoned her window sill bird-watching routine during the past couple of days. Now, Lily’s pawing and digging at her ears and wildly shaking her head. She’s also rolling around the floor and rubbing her ears against the carpet. Clearly, something is bothering Lily’s ears, but she won’t let you get close enough to examine them. Fortunately, your Rapid City veterinarian can keep Lily comfortable while he performs … Read More »