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Beware of Online Pharmacies and Drugs

“Discount pet drugs—no prescription required” may appeal to pet owners surfing the Web, but FDA experts say it can be risky to buy drugs online from sites that tout this message and others like it. The following are some facts that we would like you to be aware of:

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Canine Influenza Vaccine

In April 2015, a new strain of canine influenza was identified by the Wisconsin Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory. An older strain, H3N8, has a vaccine and is discussed in this article. The new strain, H3N2, is currently being researched for the development of a vaccine. It is not known whether the H3N8 vaccine will protect against the newer H3N2. We will update this article when more information about the new strain is available.—Updated May 13, 2015.

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Why Microchip Your Pet? It Could Save Your Pet’s Life!

Pet owners are very passionate about caring for their animals. Many pet owners across the country have gone that extra step to protecting their pets by getting them implanted with a microchip. The microchip is extremely tiny, in most cases less than the size of a grain of rice, and gets implanted by a veterinarian under the skin of the pet. This tiny computer is encased in glass and will not cause any problems because it is compatible with the living tissue of your pet.

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It’s Spring Cleaning Time!

Spring is in the air once again and it’s a great time to make everything new again! In my house, nothing motivates me to clean more than brand new cleaning supplies! Yes, I do get excited about cleaning supplies, along with organizational systems and gadgets. But before breaking out the window cleaner and antibacterial multipurpose spray, take just a moment to consider your pets.

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Let Your Pet Help You Work Out!

We’ve written blogs about exercising your pet; how to keep them healthy while jogging around St. Petersburg, or cool gadgets that allow you to bike safely with your dog, but how many of us find that we can’t exercise on our own without a little, er, help, from our furry friends? My friend laughs that as soon as she rolls her yoga mat out her cat runs over to stretch on it. I myself can’t lie down to do crunches without Chloe, my little Chihuahua, lying on top of me- but resistance training is good, right?!

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Pet Health Insurance by Trupanion

Why pet health insurance?

When owning a pet it is a significant commitment. This means that ownership could also become a big financial commitment. What is the solution to meet this commitment? Pet health insurance will help protect your pet if they become sick or injured. By eliminating potential financial barriers, we can provide the very beat pet health care for your pets and our patients.  Your pet will be able to receive the medical decisions and not be compromised by financial restraints.

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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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