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Animal Pain Awareness

As animal lovers, the last thing we want to think about is our pet being hurt or uncomfortable and going unnoticed. It can be difficult to determine when your pet is in pain, but we are here to help! This month we are participating in Animal Pain Awareness!

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Canine Influenza

Though you may be familiar with flu outbreaks, did you know that your dog can catch the flu as well? Recent outbreaks of canine influenza across the country have many veterinarians asking patients to be mindful of their pet’s behavior and to bring them in if they show signs of illness to prevent the further spread of the virus. If you are a dog owner, no need to panic, but you should familiarize yourself with facts about the canine flu so that you can make sure your pet stays happy and healthy.

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Swimming With Your Pet

Swimming is an excellent way to beat the summer heat and bond with your pet. Dogs, guinea pigs, and even some cats may enjoy taking a dip with you. However, before you head to the waters, we want to make sure you are well informed about water safety when it comes to swimming with your pet this summer.

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Keeping Your Pet Cool During Summer

As the temperature rises and summer arrives, it is important to take steps in protecting your pet against the heat and humidity. Whether you are out for a walk, riding in the car, or letting him play in the yard, the heat can take a toll on your pet’s health.

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Allergies

Have you noticed your pet itching, scratching, chewing, or licking excessively? Does he sneeze frequently and shake his head or rub his face often? These may be signs that your pet has allergies. Just like us, your pet can be allergic to a variety of substances he breathes in, eats, or encounters within the environment.

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Parvovirus

One of the most serious viruses your dog or cat may get is the parvovirus. This virus is highly contagious and carries a high mortality rate if not treated immediately. Thankfully, with advances in veterinary medicine, the parvovirus vaccine for both felines and canines is highly effective and considered a core vaccine for pets. Though the vaccine is widely available and effective, this disease is unfortunately still common and widespread in unvaccinated pets including puppies and kittens.

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External Parasites and Prevention

As the weather begins to warm, it is a great opportunity to go out and enjoy the day with your pet. However, as the flowers bloom, pesky pests are also bound to emerge, and it is important to take your pet’s health into account when spending time outdoors. While fleas and ticks are the most well-known outdoor pests, there are others that you should be aware of and we are here to help keep your pets healthy and safe.

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Senior Pet Care Awareness

Today, pets are living longer thanks to improvements in medicine, pet care, nutrition, and increased awareness of pet health and safety. This makes it more important for pet caretakers to understand the life of a senior pet.

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The Importance of Pet Nail Care

Nail trimming is an essential part of pet care, just like with humans! Clean, trimmed nails on your pet can be a clear sign of good hygiene and health. However, the thought of trimming your pet’s nails on your own may leave you uneasy and headed to the groomers every time those nails need a trim. During this time, we understand that many of our pet parents may be handling their pet’s grooming in the comfort of their home and as such we would like to offer our advice when it comes to pet nail care. Armed with the right knowledge and tools, we hope to help you feel more comfortable caring for your pet’s hygiene needs.

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The Holidays and the Potential Pet Hazards

As homes begin to fill with holiday cheer, curious pets can become enticed by the new sights, smells, and tastes of the season. While you decorate, cook, and wrap gifts, be sure to steer clear of these potential holiday hazards.

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