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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 […]

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 […]

Is Pet K-Laser Therapy an Option for Your Dog or Cat?


You may have heard of K-Laser Therapy for humans, but did you know the Richardson veterinarians at Breckinridge Park Animal Hospital use Pet K-Laser Therapy to relieve a multitude of symptoms in your favorite furry, and even feathered, friend? K-Laser Therapy can be used as a drug-free alternative to: fight inflammation improve nerve function promote healing and reduce scarring treat pain from arthritis, and a lot of other “itises” including cystitis and tendonitis and many other applications What is K-Laser […]

10 Tips to Show Dog Love this Valentine’s Day


February is the month we celebrate love. Who deserves a declaration of love more than our four-legged best friends?  While a box of chocolates, though loved by our human companions, is hazardous to dogs, and a dozen roses will just get a sniff, there are many ways to show our furry companions just how much we care. Here are 10 tips in “dog communication” to show our favorite dogs how much they are loved and adored. 1. Eye Contact Take […]

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You Got a Puppy for Christmas? New Puppy Tips!


Did Santa bring you a puppy for Christmas? While a puppy can bring joy into your home, it also brings a lot of training, consistency and responsibility. Ideally, before the puppy arrived, you and/or the gift giver researched the best dog breed (or mix) for your household based on household members, lifestyle and temperament. Now that the puppy is in your home, proper care and training are critical for at least the first few months. Here are some new puppy […]

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Bloodwork: Not Just for Senior Pets! 


As we all know, dogs and cats don’t have the same life expectancy as their human friends. While 40-50 is the beginning of middle age in humans, it begins between 5 and 10 years for our pets. Senior pets, like senior people, need more medical care and attention than younger pets. Our veterinarians at BPAH, your neighborhood Richardson animal hospital, often recommend, at the minimum, bloodwork testing during their senior patients’ annual checkups. However, it is also important to have […]

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Ultrasound on Pets?! Richardson Veterinarians Explain Why: 


It breaks our heart when one of our beloved pets shows signs of discomfort and distress. Maybe he isn’t eating, maybe she doesn’t want her tummy touched, or maybe he doesn’t want to play with his favorite toy. If x-rays, lab work and examination don’t give a clear indication of the cause, an ultrasound may be the key to getting a diagnosis and proper treatment. Your favorite Richardson veterinarians at Breckinridge Park Animal Hospital offer ultrasound for this very reason. […]

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