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Trauma is tricky. Some problems are readily evident after an injury - bleeding, broken bones, etc. Others hide, lulling owners and veterinarians into a false sense of security. And some conditions, like diaphragmatic hernias, can fall into either category. RELATED: Feline Leukemia Virus and Your Cat The diaphragm is essentially a sheet of muscle that contracts and relaxes to push air in and out of the lungs and separates the chest and abdominal cavities. The word "hernia" is defined as "an abnormal protrusion of tissues or organs through an opening in a structure." Diaphragmatic hernias commonly occur in animals that have suffered a trauma, such as being hit by a car or a fall from a...

The best toy for a kitten? Another kitten. Photo: hitchster/Flickr In today's economy, everyone's looking for ways to save money and sadly, many pet owners have to consider giving up their beloved animals. Here are some of our best tips for saving big on pets, supplies, food, vet bills, and those other costs that can really add up. Save on the pet itself. Buying a thoroughbred dog or cat can be really pricey. Consider adopting an animal from a shelter. Not only will you save a ton of money, you'll save an animal's life. Get free stuff (and have fun doing it). Brides-to-be do it. Expecting moms do it. Why shouldn't a new pet owner get a bunch of free stuff too? Plan a new pet...

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