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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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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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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What about pet insurance?

All too often we see pets that need expensive tests or treatments, and the owners want to do all they can but are limited by their finances. I have been in that position myself, having to decide if I wanted to do radiation for a malignant mass on my dog...

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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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We Are a certified Cat Friendly Gold Animal Hospital - What Does That Mean?

We recently received our Gold Level Cat Friendly Practice certification from the American Associate of Feline Practitioners (http://www.catvets.com). We are really excited to receive this certification-but what does this mean for you and your cats?

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