Obesity and Your Pet

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Obesity and Your Pet

Generally, obesity occurs because there is an imbalance of energy intake vs. energy expenditure. Dietary factors such as low quality food, excess snacks or treats, and table scraps all contribute to weight gain. Environmental factors such as lack of exercise also contribute to obesity. Sedentary animals gain more weight than active ones just like people.

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Five Reasons to Keep Your Pets on Flea and Tick Prevention

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Five Reasons to Keep Your Pets on Flea and Tick Prevention

For the past two years, because we did not have a hard freeze during the winter months, most of the fleas and ticks did not die. This year, we are already seeing many pets with flea and tick infestation. Fleas and tick transmit disease and cause ailments when they feed on the blood of dogs, cats, humans and small mammals. Let’s cover some important reasons for flea and tick prevention.

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What is the Stinky Smell on My Pet’s Hiney?

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What is the Stinky Smell on My Pet’s Hiney?

Pet parents often complain about a foul-smelling odor coming from their pet’s anal area. They say that it smells like rotten fish or a heavy metallic odor. If you smell this odor coming from your pet’s bottom, it may be due to your pet leaking anal sac fluid. Sometimes, you may even smell a foul odor coming from your pet’s mouth. This may be due to your pet licking the anal sac secretion leaking from anus.

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Prevent Your Pets from Getting Heat Stroke

Dog Heat Stroke

Prevent Your Pets from Getting Heat Stroke

Spring is here and summer is just around the corner. Heat stroke does not happen just in the summertime. It is commonly seen even in the spring.

What is heat stroke?

Heat stroke is not a stroke as we know it, but a term used to describe elevated body temperature generally over 106 degrees Fahrenheit. When a pet’s internal temperature rises above 106 degrees F and climbs to (107 – 109), multiple organ dysfunction occurs and can be life threatening.

How does a pet get heat stroke?

The most common causes of heat stroke are when a pet is left in a car without proper ventilation or jogging with pets in warm or hot weather. As you will see, heat stroke can happen even in cooler temperatures. Just to give you an idea of how hot your car can get in a short amount of time:

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Cat Care Mistakes for New Cat Parents

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Cat Care Mistakes for New Cat Parents

You got that adorable little kitten for Christmas. Cat lovers should avoid these basic cat care mistakes!

1. Do not let your cat roam free outside. Outdoor cats are subject many potential dangers.
-They can be hit by a car and suffer life threatening injuries.
-They can be attacked by other cats, coyotes, birds of prey or dogs.
-They can catch external parasites (fleas, ticks) and internal parasites (intestinal worms, heart worms, blood parasites).

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Why is My Pet Constantly Itching?

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Why is My Pet Constantly Itching?

An itch, also known as pruritus, is a sensation caused from the irritation of skin cells or nerve cells in the skin. Pets itch for a variety of reasons. The annoying sensation can be caused by:

1. Fleas
2. Skin Mites
3. Environmental allergies (Atopy)
4. Food allergies

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Your Pet Depends on You for Everything

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Your Pet Depends on You for Everything

A thorough veterinary exam involves multi-organ examination which includes but is not limited to the evaluation of the eyes, ears, heart, lungs, oral cavity, skin/coat, lymph nodes, joints and the palpation of the abdominal organs. While a lot of information can be generated from a physical exam, there are many things that may be happening on the inside we may not be able to see from the outside. This is why we suggest wellness diagnostics — a checkup for the inside of the body.

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Ear Infections / Otitis Externa

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Ear Infections/Otitis Externa

Anatomy

A dog’s ear canal has both vertical and horizontal canals. This anatomy, as well as floppy ears, can predispose a dog to ear infections because it is difficult to move debris upward out of the vertical canal. Moisture and hair can also hold debris within the canal. This debris, made of ear wax, skin oil, skin cells, and other organic matter, feed bacteria and yeast that are normally found within the ear canal and on the skin, causing an infection. Itchy dogs with allergies to food or environmental allergens can be more prone to ear infections, because the ears are just an extension of the skin.

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What Every Dog Owner Should Know About Xylitol

Xylitol

What every dog owner should know about Xylitol

What is Xylitol and where it is found?

Xylitol is a sugar alcohol that is found in fruits and vegetables naturally. Xylitol has asweet taste and it is used as a sugar substitute in chewing gyms, breath mints, candies,ice cream, even tooth paste and mouthwash. Xylitol has a low glycemic index so it is often used as a substitute for baking cookies, cakes and breads.

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Tapeworms In Dogs And Cats

Tapeworms in Dogs and Cats

Did you know? Dogs and cats get Dipylidium Caninum, the common tapeworm, from ingesting a flea! Tapeworms are long intestinal worms that live in the small intestines of a dog or cat by latching on the intestinal walls with its suckers from the head (Scolex). These tapeworms will pass proglottids containing egg packets in the feces. These proglottids are rice grain-sized and can be wiggly when first released. They eventually dry and look like a dehydrated grains of rice. You may find either the recently released or dried segments on your pet’s hind end, on a pet’s bed or blanket, or on the stool.

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