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The Scoop on Poop

If you enjoy people watching while you’re out and about in St. Petersburg, you’ll notice one thing that hopefully all dog walkers have in common. Whether it’s a fancy plastic bag dispenser clipped to the leash or simply a repurposed grocery bag, everyone should be carrying a baggie to scoop the poop. What’s the big […]

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My Dog Is Afraid of Thunderstorm

Humans call it “astraphobia.” It’s the abnormal fear of thunderstorms. Dogs can suffer from storm phobia too. Even well-behaved dogs will display symptoms, many times before the first thunder clap. They start to pace through the house, or find a place to hide, or cling to your side. They have even been known to claw […]

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Banish Pet Boredom!

Are your pets bored? Fortunately for them, it’s National Anti-Boredom Month! While this month is meant for humans, it’s a great time to banish boredom for your four-legged friends as well! A bored dog can be a destructive dog, and cats can find all kinds of things to get into, as they invent their own […]

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In the News: Leptospirosis

According to the American Veterinary Medical Foundation, Leptospirosis is a disease caused by infection with leptospira bacteria. It’s rare, but cats and people can become infected. Infection in humans can result in flu-like symptoms and can cause liver or kidney disease. Most people contract leptospirosis from polluted water when engaging in recreational activities. Infection resulting […]

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Periodontal Disease—The Doggy Dentist (and Kitty Too!)

You’ve noticed for a while that your dog has bad breath; well, “bad” is putting it mildly. Maybe you flipped your pooches lip back and saw a row of brown teeth instead of pearly whites. Or maybe you just brought your pet in for a routine wellness exam and your veterinarian expressed concern about their […]

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Is There an Alternative to Anesthesia Pet Dental Cleanings?

If you have researched teeth cleaning for your dog or cat, you may have stumbled upon the offering of anesthesia-free pet dental cleanings. You may even have friends who sought this procedure for their pets. It may seem like a good idea at first—your pet would not have to undergo general anesthesia and it’s less expensive! It’s a […]

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Why Does My Pet Need Bloodwork?

Blood tests are an easy, safe, and relatively inexpensive way to peer inside your pets and find potential health problems. Analysis of the numbers and structure of blood cells is important in the diagnosis and monitoring of disease and infection. These tests can help us identify a problem before clinical signs, or symptoms, appear. But […]

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Helpful Hints for Pet Dental Care

Doggy Breath is More Than Just Stinky  Some people think that a dog’s bad breath is a trait inherent to the canine species, something that is completely unavoidable. However, bad breath is generally a result of the bacteria that live in the infected gum and dental tissue in your dog’s mouth, and there’s nothing normal […]

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Pet Obesity…Fat or Fluffy?

We all know we should eat healthy and exercise, but what about our pets? Without them we may notice our pet is getting a bit “fluffier.” But how fluffy is too fluffy? Pet obesity is defined as being 15-20% over your individual pet’s ideal body weight. Up to 44% of pets in North America are […]

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Keep Your Pets Flea Free

There are several major brands for the treatment and protection against flea infestations in pets. So this raises the question: Should I keep my pet on the brand I’ve been using, or should I try something new? Here are some things to consider: Many people prefer a once a month pill to a topical application. A […]

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