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Help Your Dog Beat the Heat

Fri, 30 May 2014 05:08:50 +00002014-05-30T05:08:50Z

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June is almost here and Summer is just around the corner. Depending on where you live, temperatures are probably rising. While this means longer days for outdoor activities, it can also spell trouble if you are not careful. Every year, we hear tragic stories of pets (and even children) left in hot cars that suffer heat stroke. We saw our first heat stroke case of the season today at the vet clinic where I work. Fortunately, the dog survived and we hope he will continue to do well in the coming days. Vet clinics see an overwhelming number of dogs with heat stroke or, at the very least, exhaustion after a long day of outdoor activities. Have fun in the sun, but remember to keep it safe.

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Debunking the Biggest Dog Myths

Wed, 28 May 2014 01:57:58 +00002014-05-28T01:57:58Z

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Take just about any subject and look it up (or ask people about it). Most likely, you will find a bunch of so-called facts circulating about the subject (some true, some false). After a while, people have heard the "facts" so many times that they might accept them as truth. The subject of dogs is no exception.

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Memorial Day and Dogs

Mon, 26 May 2014 05:21:02 +00002014-05-26T05:21:02Z

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Happy Memorial Day! Before you light up the grill or pop open a beer, take a moment to remember the brave men and women who have lost their lives serving the United States of America. Then, take a moment to honor the dogs who serve the country, too.

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Deafness in Dogs

Sat, 24 May 2014 15:06:39 +00002014-05-24T15:06:39Z

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Deafness is not uncommon in dogs. Some dogs are born deaf, while others become deaf due to injury or illness. Many senior dogs develop deafness as they age. If you find that your dog is losing his hearing, you should see your vet as soon as possible to rule out health problems. If your dog is a senior, it is likely that your vet will say the hearing loss is a part of the aging process. However, deafness is not the end of your dog's world. Just like deaf humans live normal lives, so too can dogs. In fact, most people cannot immediately tell the difference between a deaf dog and a hearing dog.

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Dog Bite Prevention Week

Sun, 18 May 2014 20:01:54 +00002014-05-18T20:01:54Z

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May 18-24 is National Dog Bite Prevention Week. A collaborative effort among the AVMA, the AAP and the USPS, Dog Bite Prevention Week aims to promote responsible dog ownership and increase awareness of dog bite risks. According to the AVMA, 4.5 million Americans are bitten by dogs each year, and 800,000 of those dog bites results in injuries that require medical attention (half of these being children). What can you do to help prevent dog bites? Plenty. Here are some ways to get started:

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Could Giardia Affect Your Dog?

Wed, 14 May 2014 08:30:53 +00002014-05-14T08:30:53Z

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A few weeks ago my dog got sick. First, she had a little diarrhea in the afternoon and was quite gassy all day. That night, she vomited several times. The next morning, she had stopped eating and was still vomiting. Of course, I rushed her to the clinic where I work and did lab work, x-rays, etc. By then, she was having having watery, bloody diarrhea. As part of the routine testing we always do, I sent a stool sample to the lab. I was still waiting for those results, but the other test results were pretty normal. Meanwhile, I began some basic treatments to help with the nausea, vomiting and diarrhea.

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Prepare Your Dog for a New Baby

Wed, 07 May 2014 08:56:31 +00002014-05-07T08:56:31Z

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Are you expecting? Congratulations! As are a dog owner, you may be wondering how it is all going to work out - especially if this is your first child. Having a baby does not mean you have to give up your dog, but it also means you have some preparation to do. No matter how sweet your dog, do not assume she will accept the new baby's arrival with open paws. However, many dogs simply fall in love with the household's newest human addition.

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This Week is All About Pets

Sun, 04 May 2014 08:52:02 +00002014-05-04T08:52:02Z

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Hug your dog, because May 4-10 is all about pets! First of all, this week is National Pet Week. Created by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA), National Pet Week is intended to help reinforce the human-animal bond, encourage responsible pet ownership, and promote public awareness of veterinary medicine. Next, this week is also Be Kind to Animals Week. American Humane Association founded this event to help make a better world for animals. It's about helping animals in need, adopting homeless pets and taking good care of your pets. Finally, this Thursday, May 8th is National Animal Disaster Preparedness Day...

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Cats and Dogs Can Get Along

Wed, 30 Apr 2014 01:41:24 +00002014-04-30T01:41:24Z

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I know we are "all about dogs" here, but I'm sure plenty of you have cats as well. Though I consider myself a dog person first, I definitely love cats! I actually have two kitties of my own at home. Luckily, my dog has always been good with cats. While some dogs will never get along with cats, I think most can at least learn to respect felines. Proper socialization (for puppies as well as adult dogs) can make all the difference in the way your dog responds to things throughout his lifetime.

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Summer Travel Season is Near

Mon, 28 Apr 2014 01:21:00 +00002014-04-28T01:21:00Z

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Memorial Day weekend is less than a month away, and it kicks off the summer travel season. I know many of you are looking forward to getting away. But what is the plan for your dog? Planning ahead for your canine companion is just as important as making your own travel arrangements. Bringing your dog along on trips can be lots of fun if you do it right. If you've decided to travel with your dog, make sure you plan accordingly to ensure a fun and safe trip.

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