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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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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What Should I Look For In A Puppy Class? 

You just got your new puppy, and it is so exciting! Now it’s time to enroll your puppy in a class. But how do you know it’s the right class for you and your puppy? Here are some guidelines you can use...

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Ear Infections Driving Your Pet Crazy?!

It’s our favorite time of the year-flowers, sunshine, longer days, warm weather and ….allergy season! And along with allergy season we start to see many ear infections. Not fun for us, not fun for the owners, and definitely not fun for the dogs and cats! Ear infections can be very painful, make their ears so itchy, and smelly. What causes ear infections and what can you do about it?

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What’s Your Pet’s Heartworm Status?

April is National Heartworm Awareness Month but why is this so important? Over 1 million dogs in the United States have heartworm disease and at least 45 percent of the dogs out there are not on prevention for heartworm disease. Scary statistics, especially knowing that heartworm disease can be fatal to dogs and cats. 

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What about Heartworm Disease?

Heartworm Disease is caused by Dirofiliaria immitis, which is transmitted by mosquitoes to both dogs and cats, but is more prevalent in dog These parasites can cause long term lung/heart disease and can even cause sudden death in both dogs and cat. Cats have been shown to be more resistance to infection, but can be infected and have life threatening effect. The up side of heartworm disease is it can be prevented by monthly heartworm prevention in both cats and dogs! 

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Which Dog is the Right Pet for Your Family? 

There are many breeds of dogs and cats out there. And there is an unlimited number of mixes of these breeds-sometimes we don’t know what mix of breeds a dog is-just a guess. If you are looking for a new four legged family member, whether from a breeder or adoption group, there are several things you need to think about first:

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It’s winter time and many of us start to let our guard down about our flea and tick prevention. But we live in North Carolina where we can have days that are 70’s and sunny. Can’t complain about that! But it does mean we have issues with fleas and ticks all year round. And we all know we don’t want those nasty critters on us, our pets, or in our houses!

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Clicker Training a Cat!

So I have recently started clicker training Trouble, our resident hospital cat, and it is a new world! I have used clicker training as a tool when working with my dogs for many years. I love how much clearer it makes my signals to my dogs. And when we decided to start teaching Trouble some tricks I pulled the clicker out. It works great with cats too! But here are some of the little differences I have noticed with the clicker training and training cats in general. 

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Dog attacks...

Want to see a veterinarian cringe? Tell them a small dog or cat is coming that was attacked by a larger dog. Working at the emergency clinic, I see this all too often. A call comes in that a small dog or cat was picked up and shaken by a larger dog. But often the owners will say, they just have a small cut. What we really know is what lays beneath that small cut is critical. Any dog fight/attack can be serious but unfortunately, when there is a size discrepancy is when we worry the most. 

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