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Update on Jerky-related illness

Since 2007, the FDA has received reports of over 3600 pet illnesses which may be related to the consumption of jerky treats. Most of the reported illnesses involve treats that were sourced from China. Of these cases, there were more than 3600 affected dogs, and 10 affected cats; more than 580 of these cases were fatal. Smaller numbers of affected dogs were seen in Canada and Australia as well. The majority of the complaints involve jerky treats made of chicken, but other affected jerky treats included duck, sweet potato, yam, and duck or chicken jerky wrapped around fruit.

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Cold Laser Therapy: How Does It Help?

Not many people know that there is a safe, drug free, and noninvasive way to speed up healing, give pain relief, and boost the quality of life to our pets. Cold laser therapy uses specific wavelengths of light to speed up the body’s natural healing process. Photons safely penetrate deep into the tissues to stimulate enzyme production and increase the metabolic rate of cells providing energy the cells need to heal and repair tissue. Think of it like your morning coffee to give you a jump start for the day.

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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 ways to pass the time. Pets need mental stimulation, but we love to spoil our pets and that means they don’t have to work for their food, our attention, or our affection –and they probably have a whole basket full of toys too!

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September is Animal Pain Awareness Month

Did you know that we offer state of the art options to speed up healing, give pain relief, and boost the quality of life for our pets? We are proud to offer our patients Cold Laser Therapy and Stem Cell Therapy at our sister practice, Northeast Animal Hospital; but we can also suggest alternative methods to reduce pain that you may not considered.

Many are curious though, just what are Cold Laser and Stem Cell Therapy and how do they differ?

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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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