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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

5 Tips for Flea and Tick Prevention in Your Dog or Cat


As spring arrives we can look forward to warmer, longer days and spending more time in the sun with our pets. Unfortunately, warmer weather also means an increase in the number of fleas and ticks that can affect your pet and family. Here are 5 ways to be proactive and get a head start on flea and tick prevention for your pets. 1.     Flea and Tick Prevention Starts in Your Yard Ticks love dense, wooded areas. If your pets roam […]

Fear Free Certification: Why Does It Matter for Your Pets?


Sometimes our favorite cats and dogs are traumatized by visits to the vet. From the stress of the initial car ride, then the anxiety and exposure to other animals in the waiting room, to handling during the physical exam, our pets develop a strong fear of visiting a veterinary office. Even when the doctors and staff are compassionate and caring, our pets can still experience severe anxiety and stress. The expert doctors at Breckinridge Park Animal Hospital want all of […]

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