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Annual Exams

January 5, 2021

Annual veterinary examinations are incredibly important.  On average, pets age an equivalent of five to seven years for every one human year.  This means that a lot of changes can occur to a pet’s health over the span of just one year.

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The Problem with Retractable Leashes…

December 1, 2020

Retractable leashes, such as Flexi leash, are popular with a lot of dog owners.  The idea of allowing your dog to have more leash to move around on seems like a great idea.  However, retractable leashes can cause a lot of problems.

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Is Your Pet in Pain?

November 4, 2020

The ability to recognize pain in your pet is actually very difficult for most pet owners.  Extreme and sudden pain can be obvious such as when an animal has a broken leg.  There are countless times when I ask if a pet has pain during a physical exam and the owner responds ‘no because he doesn’t cry’.  The sad truth is our pets rarely cry when they are in pain.

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Reducing Stress at the Vet

October 22, 2020

Doctor visits can be stressful for humans and animals alike.  If your pittie, or any dog for that matter, has stress at a vet visit, bad memories are created that affect future vet visit which cause further stress.  If your dog is too stressed, it affects how well a veterinarian can perform a thorough physical exam.  This means your veterinarian has less information to determine your dog’s health.  As a dog owner, there are things you can do to help reduce some of the stress associated with visits to the veterinary office.

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What We Know about Pets and COVID-19

October 21, 2020

What do we know about pets and COVID-19?  The most important this is, that your pets are not a danger to you.  There is no proof that companion animals can spread COVID-19 to humans.

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Microchip FAQ

October 5, 2020

A microchip is a small device (about the size of a grain of rice) that works as a transponder and is activated when a scanner is waved over the animal.  The microchip is inserted by a medical professional under the pet’s skin using a sterile needle.

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