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Summer Plants that are Poisonous to Dogs   

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The sun is shining. The wind is rustling your dog’s fur. So, you place a leash around your dog’s neck and take Spot or Lassie for a walk around the park. Your dog even wants to stop and smell the roses, literally. There’s no harm in that. Except, when Spot or Lassie ingests plants that are poisonous to dogs. Depending on the plant, side effects can be mild or serious. Learning about the various poisonous plants for dogs is the first step, so you know how to walk a dog safely. Below is a list of some of the poisonous plants to be on the lookout for this summer, no matter where your travels take you, along with common side effects.   Be Wary of These Plants Amaryllis, Belladonna lily, or St. Joseph lily, is a flower commonly red, white, or pink with burgundy marks. If your pooch ingests this…

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Guide to Pet Vaccine Schedules

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For most pet owners, pets are like family. They are loyal companions, and we want them to live vibrant and playful lives. We spend a lot of time walking, feeding and playing with our pets to ensure they stay healthy and happy. In addition to these responsibilities, pet owners need to look out for their pet’s health. This is where pet vaccinations come in, playing a vital role in preventing unnecessary and dangerous diseases. Whether you’re a dog or cat owner, giving your pet routine vaccinations is essential for maintaining their good health. Additionally, it’s important to stay informed about pet vaccines. Let’s look at the benefits and the risks of cat and dog vaccination schedules, as well as their role in your pet’s health and wellness.   About Pet Vaccinations Pet vaccinations provide immunity for many infectious diseases affecting pets. Vaccines contain an agent similar to the disease-causing microorganism….

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5 Signs Your Pet Needs Professional Dental Treatment

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You love your pets and want to take care of them. You feed them, walk them, show them affection and look out for them. It’s just as important to take your dog or cat’s dental health seriously. Pet dental issues can cause animals pain and discomfort. If they are left untreated, the complications can lead to very costly procedures and treatments. Additionally, the overall quality of your pet’s life can be affected and their lifespan shortened. If you notice any of the signs below it is time to take your pet in for a teeth cleaning. Professionals in the Animal Medical Center can help. Bad Breath – Bad breath is one of the surest ways to tell if there’s something off about your dog’s dental health. Many people assume dogs and cats simply have bad breath and just live with it. However, if your pet’s mouth is healthy and clean,…

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Why Young Puppies are at Risk for Heart Disease

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When you think of heart disease, you probably picture a middle-aged man– not a frisky little puppy.  The reality is that heart disease, including congestive heart failure, is not only found in humans but can strike other animals as well.  Though you might associate congestive heart failure with being overweight and sedentary–and that is not necessarily wrong–congestive heart failure can occur in dogs that look outwardly healthy, and it can even be found in puppies.  Heart disease in dogs is a serious matter, and just like in humans, it cannot always be cured. However, with proper treatment heart disease in dogs can be managed, allowing your dog to live for many more years in relatively good health.   What is Congestive Heart Failure in Dogs? Congestive heart failure in dogs is a condition caused by other forms of heart disease.  When the heart starts to fail, it no longer properly…

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Pet Heart Murmurs: Are They a Sign of a More Serious Problem?

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A veterinary checkup is a lot like a human checkup. A doctor examines the patient for overall health and wellness, making sure that all of the major systems are in working order.  As with human physicals, most of the time things are just fine. But, sometimes the examination reveals hidden symptoms, even in patients who seem perfectly healthy. One such symptom is a heart murmur, which can present itself in both healthy and unhealthy animals.  As a caring owner, just how concerned should you be if your pet is diagnosed with a heart murmur? What is a Heart Murmur? A heart murmur is an irregular heartbeat. When your veterinarian listens for a heart murmur with a stethoscope, they will typically hear an irregular whooshing sound in between your pet’s regular heartbeat.  That sound is caused by turbulent blood flow in the animal’s heart, and may or may not be cause…

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5 Benefits of Getting Your Pet Tested for Diabetes

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Pet diabetes is a chronic disease that affects more than 370 million humans worldwide, resulting in debilitating complications like nerve damage and blindness. What many people don’t realize is that dogs and other pets can also develop diabetes, which can significantly affect their quality of life. Fortunately, there are some telltale symptoms to watch out for and steps you can take to diagnose and treat diabetes in your pet. For example, there are certain dog behavior changes that may signal diabetes, like increased thirst and frequent urinary accidents. If you’ve noticed any unexpected pet behavior changes, seek veterinary attention as soon as possible to test for pet diabetes. What is Diabetes? Pet diabetes is a disease that occurs when the body is unable to produce enough insulin, a hormone made by the pancreas. Insulin’s job is to help glucose enter cells so it can be used for energy, but when…

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How to Recognize the Signs of High Blood Pressure in Pets

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Watching your pet play, eat, and move around makes you feel good about your loved one’s well-being. However, when your pet is under the weather, you want to reach out and help in any way you can. Not knowing just how under the weather your pet is, can lead to much uncertainty. One of the tell-tale signs of poor health is high blood pressure. Just as a doctor checks your blood pressure, a veterinarian keeps an eye on your pet’s blood pressure for normal rates, especially if your pet has other serious health conditions. For your peace of mind, contact your veterinarian today. What Causes High Blood Pressure in Your Pet? If your pet suffers from chronic kidney disease, it is likely your pet also has high blood pressure or hypertension. This is because the kidneys are responsible for controlling blood pressure and can no longer do their job when they become inflicted…

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Is Your Pet at Risk for a Seasonal Urinary Tract Infection?

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During the winter months, the weather can make it difficult for people to stay active and energized. When the wind howls and your windows are frosted with ice and snow, the idea of going out does not always seem appealing. It is natural to want to curl up with a blanket and read a good book or binge-watch a T.V. series. Your dogs and cats like to curl up with you, too. However, this decreased activity level can put them at risk for a seasonal urinary tract infection. Why Are Your Pets at Risk? Decreased activity and lower temperatures yield less water consumption and, subsequently, fewer bathroom trips. If your pet suffers from arthritis and/or has weakened immune defenses due to age, depression, or past medical conditions like cancer, then your pet is a strong candidate for a urinary tract infection. Generally, urinary tract problems in cats are less common…

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Pet Eye Ulcers: What Causes Them and How to Treat Them

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Pet eye ulcers are a common eye injury in both cats and dogs. These ulcers are more specifically referred to as corneal ulcers, since they are found in the cornea of the eye. There are four layers of the cornea. The impactfulness of the ulcer depends on how many of these layers are affected by it. Superficial ulcers only affect the outermost layer on the cornea, and these usually heal within a week. Deeper ulcers involve more layers of the cornea, and can result in perforation of the cornea, loss of vision, and serious scarring. Melting ulcers and refractory ulcers are two other kinds of corneal ulcers that can affect your pet. Melting ulcers are a very serious condition that progress very rapidly. Refractory ulcers are superficial ulcers that do not heal as expected, and they also tend to keep coming back. Unfortunately, corneal ulcers cause great discomfort and irritation…

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Do Purebred Dogs Really Have More Health Issues?

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Like many things in society today, pets are often purchased because their specific breed is the current trend.  Maybe the breed won first place in the latest dog show.  Or, a favorite celebrity has a pet that is unique.  Whatever the reasons, people can’t seem to resist owning one of those furry little critters.  Often, these popular animals are expensive purebred dogs.  Few people know the history of how animal breeding began and why they should do some research before investing in one of these pets.  For instance, they don’t know that most purebred dogs today are at risk of developing a variety of inherited diseases. Some develop physical deformities that make life difficult for the pet and the owner.  Why does it happen and what can a pet owner do to protect themselves and their pet?  Let’s take a look at some of the facts about purebreds, specifically dogs,…

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