Giardia in Dogs

Many animals have the habit of eating and drinking just about anything––much to the chagrin of their owners. For this reason, some pets eventually end up catching an illness. Giardia is a protozoan parasite that pets, mostly dogs, catch from water that is contaminated with feces. Giardiasis is a common occurrence in environments that are densely populated, such as kennels, pet stores, or animal shelters.

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Brachycephalic Breeds and Their Health

Do you have a brachycephalic dog? The term, brachycephalic, defines short-muzzled dog with a flattened face. It is the result of a genetic mutation which alters the way that the bones in their skulls grow. As a result, the shape of their skull is wide and short. This mutation can occur in a wide range of breeds, from breeds with flat faces to less exaggerated brachycephalic dog breeds.

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Warm Weather Pet Safety

In the summer months it is very important to think about the way your pet will handle the warm weather. We’ve created a quick guide for any pet owner that wants to keep their furry friends safe during the warmer seasons of the year.

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Should Your Dog’s Food be Grain Free?

Your dog is important to you, so it follows that you want to treat him or her right and provide only the highest quality food. This makes sense, as better food will lead to a healthier, happier life for your furry friend. By researching and finding the best dog food, you are doing a favor for both your dog and yourself. In recent years, grain-free food has become a popular trend among dog owners. The concept behind grain-free food is that dogs in the wild did not consume grains – rather, they hunted and scavenged for protein-rich foods, mostly meats. Their digestive system has not changed much since those days, so the presence of too much grain, proponents say, may cause stomach problems for your dog.

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5 Signs Your Pet Has Asthma

Asthma is a common and sometimes debilitating condition that affects millions of humans every day.

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How To Clip a Dog’s Toenails

All dog owners must have a feeling of dread overcoming them whenever it’s time to clip their pet’s toenails. Either past experiences with this daunting task might have deterred them, or stories about what has happened with other dog owners and their dogs can scare people to postpone this necessary task indefinitely.

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The Myth of Grain-Free Diets

Unfortunately, there is a lot of misinformation out there about pet food. That is why we wanted to highlight grain-free diets, an increasingly popular trend, and why its purported benefits may not actually be based in truth.

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How Can I Protect My Dog Against Heartworms?

Heartworms are parasitic roundworms that can be transmitted to your dog via mosquito bites. Your dog should be tested by your vet every six months to check him or her for heartworms that were contracted during the previous season, as early detection is the key to properly treating your pet.

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Puppies and Parvo: What Every New Puppy Owner Should Know

If you have just adopted a new puppy, or are soon to get one, parvo should be something that you familiarize yourself with. Parvo is an illness that affects dogs, most commonly puppies. And if not treated, it can become deadly. Here at Cypress Animal Clinic, serving the greater Orange area, we want all new puppy owners to know about parvo and to be on the lookout for it, as knowing this information can save a puppies life. Here is what every new puppy owner should know about parvo.

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5 Winter Care Tips For Your Dog

At Cypress Animal Clinic, we know animals are not just pets, they are family. If this is something that you feel strongly about as well, then you likely want to do everything you can in order to keep your pets safe during the holiday season. Chilly seasonal temperatures in Orange can affect your pet, especially smaller animals or those that spend a lot of time outside. Meanwhile, a bored dog or cat can chew on houseplants, decorations, and seasonal foods that are not healthy to be consumed.

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