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Parvo is on the Prowl
Posted Wednesday, March 25, at 12:27 PM
With the arrival of spring comes the increased incidence of dogs infected with parvo virus. It can be prevented with routine vaccination. Below are important points about Parvo: Canine Parvovirus is a serious, often deadly disease of dogs. Parvo causes severe vomiting and diarrhea and can be especially devastating to puppies...

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Anesthesia and Your pet
Posted Wednesday, March 11, at 8:38 AM

Everyday veterinarians hear questions and concerns from owners regarding anesthesia. Usually it's a caring animal lover worrying about the risks when their dog "goes under" and needing reassurance that they will be safe from side effects. There are a lot of myths and misconceptions about anesthesia out there, and today I want to clear up a few...

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Probiotics and Prebiotics for Dogs: 5 Reasons Veterinarians Recommend Them
Posted Tuesday, March 3, at 1:57 PM

Probiotics and prebiotics for dogs have received a lot of commercial time and you commonly see those words on dog food bags. What are probiotics and prebiotics? Does your dog need them? The most common reason probiotics and prebiotics are recommended is for regulation of the intestinal tract. ...

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Laundry Detergent Pods Cause Harm in Pets Too
Posted Wednesday, February 18, at 9:51 AM

We all love laundry pods because of their ease of use. Pets love them too. Dogs think they are brightly colored chew toys and cats like to bat them around like a hockey puck. Most soaps and detergents contain chemicals called ionic and anionic surfactants. ...

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How to Help Keep your Pet's Breath Fresh and Teeth Clean!
Posted Wednesday, February 18, at 9:50 AM

National Pet Dental Month has been all about preventative dental care for your pet. After your pet has had their dental cleaning how do you as a pet owner continue the care at home? Brushing is the ideal way to keep your pet's mouth clean. There are tips to brushing your pet's teeth. ...

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Periodontal Disease
Posted Wednesday, February 4, at 1:25 PM

Periodontal disease is the most common clinical condition occurring in adult dogs and cats, and is entirely preventable. By three years of age, most dogs and cats have some evidence of periodontal disease. Unfortunately, other than bad breath, there are few signs of the disease process evident to the owner and professional dental cleaning and periodontal therapy often comes too late to prevent extensive disease or to save teeth. ...

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What's Wrong With My Cat's Mouth?
Posted Thursday, January 22, at 11:12 AM

Many cat owners look at the grace, athleticism and beauty of their pets and think that they have the "perfect" animal. Unfortunately, many of these same cats will have a very "imperfect" mouth, due to a serious and very painful condition that causes teeth to resorb, dissolve and even break! Here's what we know about Tooth Resorption in cats...

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Winter Pet Tips
Posted Tuesday, January 13, at 10:11 AM

Brrrr--it's cold outside! With our temperatures getting ready to drop for old man winter this week, the following guidelines will help you protect your companion animals when the mercury dips. 1. Keep your cat inside. Outdoors, felines can freeze, become lost or be stolen, injured or killed. Cats who are allowed to stray are exposed to infectious diseases, including rabies, from other cats, dogs and wildlife...

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HOLIDAY ORNAMENTS
Posted Tuesday, December 30, at 10:01 AM

When decorating for the season, consider your pets. Holiday decorations such as snow globes or bubble lights may contain poisonous chemicals. If your pet chews on them the liquid inside could be could be dangerous to their health. Methylene chloride, the chemical in bubble lights, can result in depression, aspiration pneumonia and irritation to the eyes, skin and gastrointestinal tract...

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Duck Hunting safety for your Retriever
Posted Tuesday, December 30, at 10:01 AM

A well-trained retriever is a great partner for a duck-hunting companion. It is one of the best conservation tools you can take into the field. They can get all those cripples and find birds you never would. A duck dog will break through brush and go into freezing water without batting an eye. ...

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Antifreeze Toxicity In Our Pets
Posted Tuesday, December 30, at 10:00 AM

Antifreeze Toxicity In Our Pets Antifreeze is a chemical that, when added to water, reduces the freezing point. Most commonly, people add antifreeze to their car's engine to prevent damage during cold weather. A large percentage of antifreeze products contain ethylene glycol. This substance is extremely hazardous, especially when ingested by dogs, cats and children. It also has a sweet flavor, increasing the chance that a pet will drink it...

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Winter Pet Tips
Posted Wednesday, November 19, at 2:04 PM

Brrrr--it's cold outside! With our temperatures getting ready to drop for old man winter, the following guidelines will help you protect your companion animals when the mercury dips. Keep your cat inside. Outdoors, felines can freeze, become lost or be stolen, injured or killed. Cats who are allowed to stray are exposed to infectious diseases, including rabies, from other cats, dogs and wildlife...

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Spay Neuter Myths Debunked From the Humane Society of America!
Posted Wednesday, November 19, at 1:59 PM

The most important thing to know about spaying and neutering is that it saves lives. In every community in every U.S. state, there are animals sitting in animal shelters waiting for homes. Only about half of those dogs and cats will ever get one. The other half will be euthanized...

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Halloween Safety Tips: No Scaredy Cats This Halloween
Posted Wednesday, October 29, at 11:53 AM

Top 10 Safety Tips for Pet Parents Attention, animal lovers, it's almost the spookiest night of the year! The ASPCA recommends taking some common sense precautions this Halloween to keep you and your pet saying "trick or treat!" all the way to November 1. ...

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Rabies
Posted Thursday, October 23, at 12:44 PM

Rabies - How you can help prevent this disease With fall here, many wild animals will be getting ready for cooler temperatures and may seek shelter in warm areas. This can include garages, outdoor buildings, deer stands, duck blinds, etc. Make sure all your domestic pets such as cats and dogs have a current Rabies vaccination. Here are some tips to help keep you safe from our furry friends from the woods...

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Dangers in Leaves
Posted Thursday, October 9, at 2:07 PM

Leaf Piles, Labs and other Dogs! Fall is here! Such a beautiful time of colorful falling leaves and leaf piles. Labradors, kids and many other dogs love to play in piles of leaves. There are hidden dangers lurking in piles of leaves such as sticks, twigs, and debris...

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Can My Dog Get Ebola Virus?
Posted Thursday, October 9, at 2:07 PM

Ebola, which is short for Ebola Hemorrhagic Fever, is a deadly viral infection which has a fatality rate ranging from 50% to 90%. Every day the news informs us about the rapid spread of the infection and I couldn't help but wonder whether or not our dogs are susceptible to the virus, and if so, can it be spread to others.?The Ebola outbreak is currently confined to several African nations and according to the Centers for Disease Control and the World Health Organization, the outbreak poses no significant risk to North America or Europe at this time which is good news. ...

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When is it time to say Goodbye to our Furry Friends?
Posted Thursday, October 9, at 2:06 PM

This has been a very sad week for my husband and I. Our Cairn Terrier of 13 years, Katie Belle went to dog heaven. Even as a veterinarian we have to make these decisions just like our clients. We are pet owners and love our pets. Our animals get sick and have chronic diseases just like your pets. ...

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Morris Animal Foundation
Posted Thursday, October 9, at 2:05 PM

Since September 2012, Morris Animal Foundation has been busy recruiting 3,000 purebred Golden Retrievers for an amazing project, the Golden Retriever Lifetime Study. About one-third of the necessary dogs have been enrolled, but more canine heroes are needed...

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E-Cig Toxicity and Your Pet
Posted Tuesday, October 7, at 12:49 PM

Electronic cigarettes (commonly referred to as E-cig, personal vaporizer or Electronic cigarettes or electronic nicotine delivery system), are becoming increasingly popular and with that is an increased risk of toxicity to dogs and cats. What are E-Cigarettes? Electronic cigarettes are marketed as nicotine replacement products to replace smoking traditional cigarettes. ...

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