Dogs

September is Senior Pet Health Month!

On average, pets age seven times faster than people. This means that most dogs and cats reach adulthood by age two and middle age by four. By age seven, most dogs—particularly larger breeds—are entering their senior years!

Because dogs and cats age so rapidly, health problems tend to progress faster in pets as well.

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The Many Benefits of Lab Work for Pets

As veterinarians, we often wish we could just ask our patients to tell us where it hurts. Unfortunately, evaluating sick pets is much more complicated, which is why blood work is such a valuable diagnostic tool.

Routine blood testing can help determine causes of illness, verify organ health prior to anesthetized medical treatments, and aid in the general maintenance of healthy pets.

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5 Cool Dog Treats to Make This Summer

As the weather warms up, so does the temperature of your dog. Unfortunately, dogs do not sweat the way humans do, so the risk of heat exhaustion increases dramatically during the summer months.

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Six Pet Poison Myths - Solved!

 

Do you know the truth behind these pet poison myths?

 

Myth #1: It is safe to use human toothpaste on my dog’s teeth.

True or false?

FALSE!

Many human toothpastes contain xylitol, an artificial sweetener that causes a rapid drop in blood sugar and liver failure in dogs. Xylitol is also commonly found in sugar-free gum and candy, as well as certain medications and nasal sprays.

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Traveling with Your Dog Over the Holidays? Here’s Some Useful Tips

Traveling with your dog does require a little more planning but with the right prep, it can go smoothly for everyone. The big considerations, of course, are your dog’s temperament, transportation requirements, and accommodation upon arrival. Depending on the distance you’ll travel, you may need additional paperwork or immunizations for your dog and, no matter what, you’ll need to ensure pet-friendly accommodations await. After all, taking your pack to your allergic brother-in-law’s home probably won’t go over well.

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Holiday Foods on the Naughty List

 

 

We all love to indulge around the holidays, especially when it comes to food. Unfortunately, tossing your pet table scraps as a “treat” can cause unnecessary upset to their digestive system. Read our recommendations before including fido or fluffy at the dinner table this year. Your pet’s tummy will thank you!

 

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How to Prevent Dog Emergencies During the Holidays (and Anytime)

As a dog lover, you do whatever you can to keep your dog safe. After all, it’s what we do.

Yet, during the busy holidays, there are many things that can go awry when it comes to your pets. Use this checklist to prepare yourself (and your household) ahead of time and prevent dog emergencies this holiday season.

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