Category Archives: Pet Health

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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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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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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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 […]

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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 […]

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