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April is Heartworm Awareness Month

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By: Dr. Shanna Plitt, Veterinarian The American Veterinary Medical Association [AVMA] recognizes April as National Heartworm Awareness Month. And for good reason, too! Spring is springing which gives us longer days and more time outside for activities. Unfortunately, mosquitoes come out for the warm weather, as well, and they aren’t…

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The Skinny on Pyometra

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By: Dr. Laura Carpenter, Veterinarian There are many good reasons to spay a female dog. Spaying is the removal of the reproductive organs in a female (most commonly the ovaries and uterus, also known as ovariohysterectomy). Spaying eliminates heat cycles and prevents litters of unplanned puppies. Spaying can also prevent pyometra,…

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Osc-grrrr Season

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By: Dr. Colleen McCafferty, Chief of Staff Awards season is in full swing with the Academy Awards right around the corner. A night to kick back on your couch, make some popcorn and see who takes the top spots. But did you know that there is an even bigger season…

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What’s the Scoop on Poop?

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By Dr. Laura Carpenter, Veterinarian You may have noticed your veterinarian requesting a stool sample as part of the annual wellness visit or when your pet has a gastrointestinal problem.  Why on earth is your veterinarian so keen on pet poop?  Because most of our companions will harbor a parasite at…

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Pet Dental Month – What You Need To Know

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By Dr. Laura Carpenter, Veterinarian Imagine what your mouth would feel like if you never brushed your teeth or went to the dentist. For many dogs and cats, this is a painful reality. According to the American Veterinary Dental Society, more than 80% of dogs and 70% of cats have dental…

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4 Holiday Pet Safety Tips

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By Dr. Isabelle Dallaire, Veterinarian Christmas is less than two weeks away! I am sure the tree is up; the stockings are on the mantle and your homes are slowly turning into a bright and shiny tinsel town. As you are getting the Christmas spirit, please remember that all of your…

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A Little Help for An Old Friend

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By Dr. Laura Carpenter, Veterinarian One of the most common old age ailments is arthritis.  It is an inflammation of one or more joints: commonly hips, elbows, spine, and knees, though it can affect any joint in the body.  Arthritis can cause anything from mild, intermittent discomfort to complete inability…

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4 Pet Hazards To Avoid This Thanksgiving

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By Dr. Jessica Gray, Veterinarian It’s almost Thanksgiving – which means it is almost time to gather with family, friends and pets. Below are 4 potential Thanksgiving hazards for your cats and dogs. Eating from the Thanksgiving Table While it can be tempting, try to refrain from feeding your pet…

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5 Tips For Pets As The Cold Weather Comes In

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By Dr. Helen Hu, Veterinarian It’s safe to say that the cold weather has finally tracked us down. As we start to take out our sweaters and jackets, remember that our pets are dealing with the temperature change as well. Check out these five tips to make sure you are…

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Coughing Canine? Dogs have their own flu to deal with

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By Dr. Colleen McCafferty, Chief of Staff  & Veterinarian Canine Flu is highly contagious, infecting approximately 80% of dogs that come in contact with the disease. A case of the H3N8 canine flu virus was recently confirmed locally in Columbia, MD. Canine Flu [CIV H3N8] was first detected in Florida in 2004…

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