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2020 Summer Safety Guide for Your Pets

As we enter the summer months during a very strange and scary time in our world, we must consider potential hazards for our pets. Due to the current health crisis, specifically COVID-19, business, group social outings, and community/live events are postponed or forbidden. We are spending more time at home, whether we are getting around to those home projects, working from home, or caring for our family. Our pets have been affected by this pandemic as well. Less socializing is happening in the community and our pets may be wondering why you’re home all the time! As the warm weather

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How To Cope With Pet Allergies.

Many people suffer from allergies, whether they have a food allergy, seasonal allergies, or a pet allergy. Proteins found in your pet’s urine and dander can cause a reaction for some people, which can lead to various signs and symptoms. Sneezing, runny nose, itchy eyes, and visible rash/hives are a few common signs and symptoms. It can be frustrating coping with a pet allergy, and downright upsetting when time spent with your pet can result in uncomfortable itching and sneezing. However, we still cannot deny how wonderful it is to have a pet! They are family, and for most, giving

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Aging Pets

As we age, it seems as though day to day tasks get a little more difficult, or it may be that we take two or three medications now, instead of just that daily once-a-day vitamin. Our bones ache a little more in the winter time and it takes us just a few seconds longer to get off of the sofa. Over the decades, modern medicine and technology has grown and transformed, aiding in our longevity. The same goes for our furry friends! They are living longer and living with medical conditions that may be managed by a pill, an environmental

2020 Vet Health

Your Pets Health in 2020

Welcoming the New Year means new challenges, embracing opportunities and working to achieve goals. Many people make a New Year’s Resolution to live a healthier life; this may entail a better diet, more exercise, and losing some unwanted weight. Not only should we as humans aspire to be the best version of ourselves, but we should want the best year yet for our furry friends! A few things to focus on as we engulf ourselves in our to-do lists, plans for 2020, and steps towards meeting our goals is our pet’s overall health, happiness and sleep. Entering 2020 means that

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Understand Your Pets Fear

Our practice is committed to low stress handling techniques. Here’s why — and how you can help reduce your pets stress. Anytime your pet feels threatened, whether that threat is real or imagined, changes occur immediately within his or her body to prepare for fight or flight. These changes occur because your pet’s nervous system releases a variety of stress hormones that have profound effects across many different systems in the body.  The release of these hormones results in the immediate availability of energy and oxygen intake and decreases blood flow to areas not critical for movement. This can also

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The Importance of Socializing Your Puppy or Kitten

Between the ages of 3-12 weeks in dogs, and 2-7 weeks in cats, young animals go through an important socialization period in which they learn to interact properly with other dogs or cats, interact with humans, and adapt to new environments and stimuli. This socialization window is commonly broken down into two parts, called primary and secondary stages. The Primary Socialization Stage occurs between 3-6 weeks of age and is when puppies and kittens are still with their mother and littermates. During this stage, they learn proper social play and behavior through interacting with each other, as well as bite/claw

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How to Handle Food Guarding

What is food guarding? When a dog becomes very defensive while eating food, chewing on a bone or toy, or eating a treat, we call it food guarding. It can also be called food aggression, resource aggression or resource guarding. While the exact cause of food guarding has not been determined, one theory suggests that puppies fed from a communal bowl pre disposes dogs to developing food guarding behavior.  Signs of food guarding range from very mild, such as growling or running away with the food, to severe cases where biting occurs. Many pet parents elect to not treat mild

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Confronting the Pain of Cancer in Your Pet

A diagnosis of cancer carries many scary things with it, including the likelihood that your pet is in pain. Your veterinarian in Philadelphia will work with you to create a pain management plan to keep your pet comfortable during treatment. Here are some pointers to keep in mind as you discuss this plan with your veterinarian. Ask these questions when beginning a long-term pain management plan for your pet: What possible side effects might I notice that are related to the pain managment my pet is receiving? Could the various medications my pet will be receiving interact in a way

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Q&A – Pet Dental Health

February is National Pet Dental Health month! To celebrate, we’re answering a few basic questions about dog dental health: So when do dogs have adult teeth? Do they just keep their baby ones? When they’re young, puppies have a set of milk teeth, or deciduous teeth, they use to nurse and eventually eat solid food with. When they reach 14-18 weeks old, they lose these teeth to make room for their permanent adult teeth. By around 6 months, puppies will have lost almost all of their milk teeth and have their adult teeth in place, or coming in. Once all

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Spinal Health in Your Pets

Keeping your pet healthy can be a challenge, but if you are aware of the signs and symptoms of a health issue, you can be proactive. One of the most common concerns among pet owners, specifically cat and dog owners, is spinal health and issues with the spine. Some of the common signs and symptoms of back issues are reduced activity, limping and difficulty with walking/running, decreased appetite and increased anxiety. According to the AKC Canine Health Foundation, common breeds susceptible to spinal issues include Dachshunds, Corgis, German Shepherds, and Labrador Retrievers, although all breeds are capable of having a