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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 from contact with an infected pet is possible, but much less common.


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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 obese, which can be caused by underlying health issues, lack of exercise, or simply loving our pets too much and giving them too much of a good thing—food and treats.


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Pet Wellness Exams!

Wellness Exams are the foundation of good health, a tool veterinarians use to catch health issues before they become more serious. Health conditions are much easier and less expensive to treat and cure when caught in the early stages before they progress or develop complications. Because pets age significantly faster than humans and are good at hiding illnesses, you may not be fully aware that something is wrong until an illness has progressed. Staying one step ahead is made possible by a thorough physical exam and bloodwork.


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Bad Breath is a Bad Sign for Pets

If you’ve ever paid attention to what your pet puts in their mouth then there’s no wonder they may have “dog breath.” (Cats are especially sensitive to this insult!) But did you know that despite what they may have eaten, persistent bad breath isn’t normal?


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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 deal if I don’t pick it up?


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Traveling With Your Dog to State Parks

We are kicking off a series of blogs entitled, “Traveling With Your Dog to…” to spotlight dog-friendly destinations around the Tampa Bay area. In this first installment, we will be traveling to Hillsborough River State Park to let you in on what you can expect when you go exploring the great outdoors with your dog. We chose Hillsborough River State Park due to its close proximity to St. Petersburg. After about a 45 minute drive from St. Pete, we were greeted by a very friendly ranger at the entrance gate.


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Get the Scoop: What Your Pet's Poop is Telling You

We know it can be an icky subject to talk about- but there is a lot about your pet’s stool that can be an indicator of their health. Not only is it important to monitor what goes into their body, but it is also necessary to keep an eye on what’s coming out.

 


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Four Fixes for Feline Behavior Issues

Would you know if your cat was stressed?

Due to their seemingly lazy demeanor, the idea of a stressed cat may seem unlikely or even absurd to many pet owners. But if your cat is demonstrating behaviors such as inappropriate elimination, aggression or excessive grooming, stress is likely to be a contributing factor.

In addition, stress can lead to a number of chronic medical conditions, such as Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease (FLUTD).

Where does stress come from?


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