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True Innovation: Why AAHA Accreditation Means so Much

In life, it’s helpful to periodically evaluate the way things are done and try to make positive changes. In a veterinary hospital, streamlining certain systems and protocols not only saves us time and money, we also pass that value onto our clients and their pets. In other words, there is always room for improvement, and […]

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Pet Paw Care Tips that Will Earn You a High Five

A list reflecting some of the reasons why you love your pet might include that cute nose, those floppy ears, the endlessly wagging tail, and of course, those irresistible paws! Some pet owners might argue with that last one, but the fact is: those amazing paws are as fit for rugged terrain as they are […]

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Metaldehyde Maladies: The Truth About Snail Bait Toxicity and Pets

There’s nothing worse than seeing your garden spoiled by snails or slugs. Strawberries, artichokes, tomatoes, succulents, flowers, and citrus trees are all prime targets of these ghastly gastropods. However, before you use any commercial products, we urge you to reconsider. While we’re not asking you to simply accept irregular holes, chew marks, or slime deposits […]

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MRSA Infection in Pets – Dr. LeeAnn DuMars, ABVP

Many people have heard of “MRSA” – in hospitalized patients, secondary to mild wound infections and even acquired from team sports….. but what exactly is it? And pets can get it, too? MRSA stands for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus; methicillin is a class of antibiotics that includes the penicillins, cephalosporins and other related drugs. Staphlococcus aureus […]

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The Spay/Neuter Controversy – Dr. LeeAnn DuMars, ABVP

Let’s discuss the recent controversy surrounding early spay-neuter status in dogs (primarily) and cats. Veterinarians have been taught to recommend early spay-neuter sterilization for positive health benefits and population control. Recent studies have documented an increased risk to some very common cancers in dogs that are sterilized. The three main studies that are referred to […]

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The Role Of Anesthesia In A Pet Dental Exam

By now, most of us understand the importance of good dental care for ourselves. We see the dentist twice per year, brush and (hopefully) floss daily, and follow our dentist’s recommendations for follow up care. Taking care of our pet’s teeth is just as important, and neglecting this area of wellness can lead to a […]

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Don’t Fret Visit To The Vet – Guest Blogger Ali Imel RVT

Working as a registered veterinary technician in a day practice I’ve encountered hundreds of fearful dogs.   With this occupation, you must learn to understand canine body language, recognize the signs and assess the risks.  I’ve experienced it all, from subtle lip licking to submissive urination to a dog offensively baring his front teeth.   As a […]

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My Furry Valentine: Valentines Day Pet Safety 101

Valentine’s day means different things to different people; some of us anticipate a romantic night out with our sweetie, while others look forward to some quality downtime at home. For pets, however, Valentine’s Day is not without some serious health risks. Learning about Valentine’s Day pet safety is key in making the holiday all about […]

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Zoonotic Disease & Rabies – Dr. LeeAnn DuMars, DABVP

This month’s topic includes some information on zoonotic diseases. Zoonotic diseases are infectious agents that are spread from animals to humans or vice versa. Many know the most common zoonotic diseases – rabies, “ringworm” (which is a fungal infection not a parasite),  Toxoplasmosis, Cat Scratch Disease, Leptospirosis, etc. But many more diseases can be transmitted […]

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Pet Obesity Prevention

No one wants to be overweight. Sure, it has to do with looks, but what’s more important is the way extra weight feels. Genetics and lifestyle can play significant roles, but for most pets, portion sizes or free-feeding are ultimately responsible for any extra pounds. While it may not be noticeable at first, once pet […]

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