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February is responsible pet ownership month
Posted Friday, February 12, at 1:10 PM
Pet ownership is a privilege. As an owner you should provide good food, a comfortable and protected area to sleep, and adequate exercise. Keeping your pet updated on needed vaccines, spaying and neutering to prevent unwanted offspring, and making sure your pet's coat is clean and mat free are an important part of pet care. Heartworm, internal parasite and flea prevention are essential in Northeast Arkansas...

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Is dog teeth cleaning really necessary?
Posted Friday, February 5, at 2:31 PM

February is Pet Dental Month! The importance of cleaning dogs' teeth is starting to become more and more apparent as veterinary medicine advances. At first it started with pet owners complaining about their dogs' bad breath and wanting solutions. As veterinarians investigated the problem further, a disturbing recognition came to light: at least 80 percent of dogs over two years of age (and close to the same number of cats) suffer from some level of pet dental disease. ...

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Periodontal disease
Posted Friday, January 29, at 2:01 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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Cat urine: the hidden killer!
Posted Thursday, January 21, at 11:17 AM

More cats are euthanized or made outdoor pets by owners for inappropriate urination than any other disease or condition affecting cats. Urinary issues in cats can have many causes. Medical reasons can range from a simple bladder infection, idiopathic cystitis, or a complicated hormonal condition. ...

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The Dachshund aka Weiner Dog!
Posted Friday, January 8, at 1:21 PM

Happy New Year! Every month I am going to highlight a dog breed. The dachshund or Wiener dog is the January dog of the month. I found a great article by Dr. Becky Sweeney from Petplace.com The dachshund is a short-legged long-bodied breed affectionately referred to as a "wiener dog." (The nickname gained notoriety after an American artist drew a dachshund in a hot dog bun in the early 20th century.) This breed is very popular and is typically within the top ten most loved breeds. ...

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Why does my pet carry their food from their bowl?
Posted Thursday, December 31, at 12:10 PM

Do you have a pet who takes a mouthful of food, walks away, drops it on the floor, and then eats small bits of it away from the bowl, possibly even in a corner? This is a question asked by many owners. This is more common in dogs, but cats may also do it. I found this article by Langley Cornwell that addresses this issue...

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Why I hate retractable leashes
Posted Friday, December 11, at 2:23 PM

This week, I want to talk about the hazards of retractable leashes. If you think that you are doing your dog a favor by walking them with a retractable leash, you are not helping your dog. I have heard lots of horror stories from my clients and other veterinarians about retractable leashes. So I have created a list of seven reasons why you should not use retractable leashes...

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What is responsible pet ownership?
Posted Thursday, December 3, at 3:11 PM

Pet ownership is a privilege. As an owner you should provide good food, a comfortable and protected area to sleep, and adequate exercise. Keeping your pet updated on needed vaccines, spaying and neutering to prevent unwanted offspring, and making sure your pet's coat is clean and mat-free are an important part of pet care. Heartworm, internal parasite, and flea prevention are essential in Northeast Arkansas. The above care includes the basic things that your pet should have...

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Cold weather dangers for pets
Posted Thursday, November 12, at 2:11 PM

With the temperatures getting cooler, it is time to start thinking about cool weather and your pets. Here are some facts to think about this fall season. 1. Although some pets are conditioned to the cold weather, veterinary experts agree that you should bring outdoor pets indoors if the temperature drops below 20 degrees Fahrenheit...

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Why Does My Pet's ear look like a Balloon?
Posted Monday, November 9, at 10:45 AM

Ear or aural hematomas are fluid-filled pockets on the inside of the earflap. There are tiny blood vessels in the pinna or the floppy part of your pet's ears. When something causes these little vessels to rupture, they bleed under the skin and form a fluid-filled pocket...

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No scaredy cats this Halloween: top ten safety tips for pet parents
Posted Monday, October 26, at 9:51 AM

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 Nov. 1. 1. No tricks, no treats: That bowl of candy is for trick-or-treaters, not for Scruffy and Fluffy. ...

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Brown recluse spider bites and your pet
Posted Thursday, October 15, at 3:26 PM

With the temperatures getting cooler, some unwanted guests invade our homes. The brown recluse spider loves to come into our homes this time of year. They are a source of fascination for our pets. They love to pursue them and play with them, but if your pet is bitten, a reaction could occur...

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Leaf piles, labs, and other dogs
Posted Thursday, October 8, at 3:50 PM

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. One of the most common injuries can be a wound to the cornea. ...

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Thinking about ddopting a rescue pet? Do's and don'ts for your new furry friend
Posted Thursday, October 1, at 3:55 PM

Rescue pets make wonderful companions. They add companionship and love to your life, plus you are helping a pet in need. Here are some pointers to help make the transition to your home smooth: Do's: *Do teach your dog inside your home, not on the street to reduce distractions...

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What is canine atopic dermatitis (atopy), and why does it make my dog itch?
Posted Thursday, September 24, at 2:57 PM

Does your dog ever keep you up at night licking their feet and scratching? Well your pet may have atopy. Read on and find out just what atopy may be. My column this week is on a topic that drives both dogs and owners crazy. There are many different factors which can cause your dog to itch and scratch. ...

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Mushroom poisoning in dogs
Posted Thursday, September 10, at 2:56 PM

With all the rain we have had for the past several weeks, many mushrooms have popped up. Below are tips about mushroom poisoning and how to protect your pet. I go out every morning and check my dog pen for mushrooms and pull them up if I can. 1. Onset of mushroom toxicity is 30 minutes to 6 hours after ingesting mushrooms...

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Why Does My Dog Eat Grass?
Posted Thursday, August 27, at 1:52 PM

This is a question I get asked almost every day. The best answer I have ever found dates back to their canine ancestors. When dogs were in the wild, not only did they eat the meat from the animals they captured for food but also the stomach contents. Many of these animals were herbivores and had all kinds of grass and plant material in their stomachs. In the wild coyotes and foxes eat wild berries, fruit, and other vegetation...

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Help Doc, my pet is dragging its rear on the floor
Posted Thursday, August 20, at 11:43 AM

Does your cat or dog drag their booty on the floor or rug? We call this "Boot Scootin." Owners wonder, "What causes my pet to do that?" Your pet has two openings on each side of their rectum. If you pretend their rectum is a clock, they are located at 4 and 8 o'clock. ...

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The Origin of the Purr
Posted Thursday, August 13, at 4:17 PM

The purring of cats has long been one of the most interesting and controversial sounds in the animal kingdom. This phenomenon, not really understood until recently, has almost become folklore. Several theories for the origin of the purr have been offered. At first, the larynx was considered the source. However, results of early experiments virtually dispelled this theory. When air was allowed to bypass the larynx in some cats, they could still purr...

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Is grain-free food fact or fiction?
Posted Friday, August 7, at 12:11 PM

While out on the town last week, I heard some friends talking about avoiding wheat and other grains because of gluten sensitivities. Interestingly, I have friends and clients whose canine and feline friends are eating "grain free" foods. I had a look into the "no-grains" pet food craze...

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