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It’s Flu Season! Has Your Dog Gotten His Shot?

Is there a Dog Flu (Canine Influenza) Season?

We know when it’s flu season here in Florida; the signs go up at pharmacies for flu vaccines, letters go home with children from teachers, our place of employment may have someone come in to administer shots, and people start walking around with Band-Aids on their upper arms. But what about your pooch? Have they gotten their dog flu vaccine yet?

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Oral Assessment and Dental Cleaning

Have you ever wondered what goes on when your pet comes for a “dental cleaning”—or to be more precise, a Comprehensive Oral Health Assessment and Treatment (COHAT)? Here, we will give you more insight into what a COHAT (dental cleaning) involves at our hospital.

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FAQs About Pet Microchipping for Dogs and Cats

Thousands of pet cats and dogs get lost every year in the United States. The biggest reason why lost pets are sent to animal shelters rather than to their owners is because of the lack of a proper identification on them.

That’s why scientists and technologists have come out with something really quite remarkable – a microchip, called a pet microchip, which is implanted in the pet.

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Should You Trust Online Pharmacies?

I don’t know what I would do without online shopping! I was never an online shopper before. I was someone who wanted to see and feel and try before I bought, but a chronic illness has changed all that. I now hop online whenever we need anything. Amazon has become my best friend for most personal and household items. For clothing I choose shops that offer free shipping and free returns. I pay my bills online, pay our Tampa road tolls—anything I can get away with doing online, I happily click away.

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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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