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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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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It's National Vet Tech Week-Why Are Vet Techs So Important?!

So National Veterinary Technician Week is here! Ask any veterinarian out there and they will tell you having a good veterinary technician is essential to being a good veterinarian. Veterinary Technicians have received additional training to obtain the skills needed to be our right hand person. So what are some of the things that vet techs help us out with?

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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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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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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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It’s National Pet ID Week! 

April 16th through 22nd is National Pet ID Week! Why is this so important? 1 in 3 pets will become lost at some point in this lifetime. And without identification, the chances of the lost pets making it back to their families decreases. We don’t want your pet to become that statistic! So what are things you can do to help if your pet is lost? 

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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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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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