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Obesity – The Skinny on Fat Pets

We hear a lot about body shaming, or criticizing someone for their body shape. “Can you believe how much weight he gained after they got married?” or, “She is way too skinny. Someone should give that girl some pizza!” Opinions abound, and judgments are expressed; but what about our pets? Should we be offended if our friend jokes that our cat’s belly drags the ground? Well, that could depend on the friend! But what if our veterinarian tells us that our dog could benefit from a restricted calorie diet?

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Canine Influenza – Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What is canine influenza?

A: Canine influenza (CI), or dog flu, is a highly contagious respiratory infection of dogs that is caused by an influenza A virus. In the U.S., canine influenza has been caused by two influenza strains. The first strain reported in the United States, beginning in 2004, was an H3N8 influenza A virus. In 2015, an outbreak that started in Chicago was caused by a separate canine influenza virus, H3N2. Since March 2015, thousands of dogs have been confirmed positive for H3N2 canine influenza across the U.S.

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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 about that. This odor is a sign of progressive dental disease. Treats and chew toys alone will not make this problem better, not without a thorough veterinary dental cleaning and a proper home care plan.

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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 what exactly are we looking for when we do a blood draw?

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How Should I Introduce My New Kitten to Their New Environment?

Cats naturally inclined to investigate their new surroundings. Many experts suggested that their area of exploration be limited initially, so that these natural tendencies do not create an overwhelming task. After confining your new kitten to one area for the first few days, slowly allow your kitty to access other areas of the home.

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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 win-win for everyone, right?

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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 dental health. Whatever the case may be, you’re faced with the prospect of your pet needing a dental cleaning. But just what are the exact reasons for needing a dental cleaning and what are your options?

Why do my pet’s teeth need to be cleaned?

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