Making your cat love the vet... ok tolerate the vet!

Every once in a while we have a cat that actually likes being at the vet, but they are few and far in between. I find that most cats tolerate the vet-if we don't push them too far. And then there are those cats that really hate the vet. They often turn into a flurry of fur, nails, and teeth. At Southern Animal Hospital, we are trying to change that. We know we can't make all cats love the vet, but we want them to at least tolerate the vet. 


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Helping your dog love the vet!

Does you dog drag you back to the car when he realizes he is at the vet? Does your dog shake, whine, drool, pant at the animal hospital? Do you dread taking your dog to the vet because it is so stressful?

Here are some ways to make your dog’s vet visit a happier, less stressful thing…

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So Your Pet is a Little Heavy..or Fluffy!

It's a hard discussion as vets we often have to have-telling clients that their pet is too heavy and needs a diet! We all are susceptible to those looks our dog or cats give us when we are eating our dinner. And we think, what's the harm in one fry, or one piece of chicken? But those calories add up for our pets and before we know our pet is too"fluffy!"

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Those Times You Need An Emergency Veterinarian...

It's ten in the evening and your dog is not acting right or your cat has vomited 4 times over the past hour. What should you do? Do you really to take your pet to the emergency vet? You need to go to sleep so you can get to work in the morning and not be exhausted. But you are nervous going to bed with your friend so sick. So what do you do?

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Keep Your Pet's Pearly Whites White!

Dental care is over important for our furry friends. According to the AVMA, "It's estimated that by the age of two, 80 percent of dogs and 70 percent of cats have some form of periodontal disease." So what can we do to help our pets?

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Great Dog Training Books..

So I love to read-I was one of those geeky kids who read on the school bus, stayed up late reading, and well just love to read! I have transitioned to a kindle, kind of. I still have a tendency to want a physical book for things I want to reference later. 

Here are some of my favorite dog training books-the ones I find myself reading again and again…

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House Training the Puppy-It’s All About Patience!

So Tilly, our newest four legged, is almost 15 weeks old and prior to Tilly coming home, it has been four years since we had a puppy. The things you forgot during that time! In the many dogs my family has had, we have had the spectrum of how long it took to house train. Caos, our standard poodle had on accident, was loose in the house at six months, and by far the easiest dog to house train. When Salza was a puppy, I had her brother for the first few months-whew that made house training harder!

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Happy Fourth of July! 

It’s almost July 4th-food, friends, fishing, and fireworks! Things we all love, right? But maybe not so much for our four legged friends. Unfortunately fireworks are not normally high on our dogs’ list of favorite events. And there are lots and lots of fireworks this time of year. More dogs go missing on this holiday any other day. So what can you do to protect your dog?

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The Hot Weather is Here!

It’s summer in North Carolina-and we all know that means lots of hot, humid days. We see all over social media warnings about the hot weather and leaving pets in the cars. But what are some other things you need to be worried about with warmer temperatures? 

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Is Annual Bloodwork Necessary?

Often when we take our pets to the vet for their annual wellness exam, it gets overwhelming. Your pet needs a fecal, then vaccines, oh and the heartworm test, and now they are asking about annual bloodwork-is this all necessary? When I am making recommendations for a pet at their annual exam, I recommend the same things I do for my own pets. And I do believe annual bloodwork is important. But why?

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