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Importance of Pet Dental Care in Dogs and Cats for Overall Health

By the time your pet is 3, he or she will very likely already have signs of periodontal disease. If left untreated, periodontal can worsen and eventually affect the kidney, liver and heart. To prevent extensive dental concerns, pain, and other health issues caused by them, pet dental care should include teeth and gum checks by your veterinarian at least once per year. As with many other health issues, prevention, early detection and treatment can help control future deterioration and […]

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Top 10 Health Issues in Dogs Every Pet Owner Should Know

As veterinarians and animal healthcare experts, we emphasize to all of our patients the importance of regularly scheduled well visit exams in order to find any possible issues to your pet’s health. Also, it is imperative that caring pet owners ensure that their pets are eating properly, getting groomed and bathed, exercising, and receiving proper dental care. It is also helpful for pet owners to be aware of the symptoms of common health issues in dogs and cats so that […]

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Resolve to Insure Your Pet: A Guide to Buying Pet Insurance

Health insurance is a must have commodity for humans. Without it, few people would be able to afford all of the medical expenses that accrue during a year. And, if there is an illness or accident, the costs of treatment can be surprisingly high. Fortunately, health insurance helps cover a lot of the costs.  The same is true for our furry, animal friends. With specialist needs for sick pets, it can start getting more difficult for owners to afford the […]

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How to Find a Veterinarian before You Really Need One

Finding the best Richardson veterinarians for your pet should not be a last minute task. Whether you are moving to the area, getting a pet for the first time, or considering a veterinary practice change, it is important to find a veterinarian before you actually need one. There is nothing scarier than having a sick animal and rushing through an important decision in order to get the care you need. Rather, it gives piece of mind to have a veterinarian […]

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9 Tips in Caring for Senior Dogs: Enjoy the Golden Years

Dogs are an important part of our families. And, like all family members, dogs get older and require more specific care. The age at which a dog is considered older, or senior, depends on the size and breed of the dog. Generally, larger breeds have a shorter life expectancy, and will show the signs of aging sooner than their smaller counterparts. For example, a Great Dane might be a senior dog at 5 or 6, while a Shih Tzu may […]

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How to Provide the Best Nutrition for Puppies and Kittens

Figuring out the right diet for your new pet can be overwhelming. With so many brands and types of pet food on the market, it can be difficult to determine which contain the best nutrition for puppies and kittens. Puppies and kittens have different nutritional needs than their adult counterparts, and require a strong foundation to help prevent future diseases and obesity. Most puppies and kittens are weaned by the time they arrive in their new home at 7 to […]

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Dog Anxiety: Why Is Your Dog Nervous?

In today’s fast paced, high pressured society, we can all get a little anxious at times. And, like people, our pets can experience anxiety, too. Here’s what you need to know about dog anxiety so that you can recognize it and help your dog should it occur. 6 Most Common Causes of Dog Anxiety Fear Anxiety can be from strangers, loud noises, unfamiliar environments and situations, visual stimuli, or a bad experience Separation Anxiety causes dogs to become anxious when […]

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Top 9 Reasons to Spay or Neuter Your Cat

Spaying or neutering has many benefits to your cat, your home and society as a whole. It’s a simple, routine operation performed under general anesthesia that removes the uterus and/or ovaries in female cats (spaying), and the testicles of male cats (neutering). Read these top 9 reasons why you should spay or neuter your cat. 1. Population control The number one reason to spay or neuter your cat is to help control the population. There are too many cats born […]

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Can Itchy Skin Be a Symptom of Allergic Reactions in Dogs?

Does Your Dog Have Allergies? Dogs can have allergies just like humans. And, just like humans, your dog can have allergic reactions to environmental triggers like pollen, plants and insects, or to various foods and medications, as well. Often, allergic reactions in dogs manifest as skin itchiness and dermatitis, which when left untreated can lead to infection. If you see your dog: Itching Licking and Chewing Scratching Redness and Rashes Rubbing there is a good chance of exposure to an […]

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The Dangers of Leptospirosis in Dogs

Leptospirosis is a potentially fatal bacterial infection caused by Leptospira. The bacteria are found in soil and water, especially during rainy months, and can occur throughout the world. Exposure happens through drinking contaminated water, or coming in contact with infected soil and wildlife. Contact with the urine of carriers makes dogs especially susceptible to Leptospirosis. Leptospirosis can be passed from mother to puppies via the placenta during gestation. A Local Leptospirosis Story Tootsie, a 3-year old Chocolate Lab, loved to […]

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