Why Over-The-Counter Antihistamines Fail to Control Itch in Dogs

Why Over-The-Counter Antihistamines Fail to Control Itch in Dogs

Credit: Zoetis, Sam Gilbert, VMD An itchy dog is a stress for the whole family. When our dogs are uncomfortable, we naturally feel for them and want to relieve their symptoms as quickly as possible. Antihistamines, like Benadryl®, have historically been an easy over-the-counter option to provide people (and pets) some relief. Yet, studies have demonstrated that while antihistamines may relieve respiratory allergies in humans, […]

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All About Ringworm in Dogs

All About Ringworm in Dogs

Credit: Zoetis, Dr. Sam Gilbert, VMD   Anything with “worm” in the name sounds pretty disgusting, right? But ringworm isn’t caused by a worm at all — it’s actually a skin infection caused by a fungus. While it’s highly contagious to pets and humans alike, it can be treated relatively easily with some medication, a little time apart, and lots of love. What is Ringworm? […]

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Caring for Your Heartworm-Positive Dog

Caring for Your Heartworm-Positive Dog

Credit: Zoetis, Dr. Claire Walther, DVM Heartworm disease is a serious and potentially fatal condition caused by up to foot-long worms that live and cause damage within the heart, lungs, and blood vessels of unprotected mammals. Unfortunately, dogs are natural “hosts” for heartworm disease, leaving them highly susceptible to infection. This means it’s easy for heartworms to grow into adults, mate, and produce offspring, which […]

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The Importance of Full-Year Tick, Flea, and Heartworm Disease Protection for Your Dog

The Importance of Full-Year Tick, Flea, and Heartworm Disease Protection for Your Dog

Credit: Zoetis, Dr. Claire Walther, DVM Did you know that parasites are threats to your dog all year long? Despite the common belief that ticks, fleas, and mosquitoes are only active in warmer months, these pests can cause big problems for your dog at any time during the year. They are not only a nuisance, but they can transmit diseases to your dog. The best […]

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Behavior & Training Dog Begging for Food? Here’s What to Do.

Behavior & Training Dog Begging for Food? Here’s What to Do.

Credit: Zoetis You cook a delicious meal and sit down to enjoy it, only to look over and find those big puppy eyes watching you. Dogs begging for food at the table is something most dog owners can relate to. It’s a behavior that many people would like to stop, as it can be disconcerting to have your pup stare at you while you eat. […]

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Caring for Your Dog’s Paw Pads

Caring for Your Dog’s Paw Pads

Credit: Zoetis Think of your dog’s paw pads as their foundation — paw pads help your dog keep their balance, protect them from injuring sensitive skin on their feet and between their toes, and insulate against hot and cold temperatures. It’s important to regularly check your dog’s paw pads and care for them so they can continue exploring pain-free. Your dog’s paw pads are just […]

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How to Brush Your Cat’s Teeth

How to Brush Your Cat’s Teeth

Credit: Zoetis Does your cat’s breath smell like an abandoned fish market? Jokes aside, keeping your pet’s teeth and gums clean and healthy can help to prevent periodontal disease and other health problems (beyond bad breath). Learning how to brush your cat’s teeth is just one step to preventing these health problems before they start. Why You Should Brush Your Cat’s Teeth Imagine not brushing your teeth […]

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Orthopedic Surgery for Dogs

Orthopedic Surgery for Dogs

Credit: Zoetis Orthopedic surgery is any surgery that involves your dog’s skeletal system and the bones, joints, tendons, muscles, ligaments, and cartilage associated with it. Orthopedic surgery aims to improve your dog’s quality of life by easing pain, re-establishing function and stability, and bettering your dog’s range of motion. While many orthopedic issues can be managed using medications and/or non-surgical treatments, there are times that […]

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How to Recognize and Treat Cat Conjunctivitis

How to Recognize and Treat Cat Conjunctivitis

Credit: Zoetis Almost all cats, at some point in life, will experience an episode of conjunctivitis (sometimes called pink eye). It doesn’t matter if you’re human or feline — having eye issues is an uncomfortable and miserable feeling — but there’s plenty you and your veterinarian can do to treat conjunctivitis and have your cat feeling better in no time. What is Conjunctivitis in Cats? […]

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Pet Insurance, Should I, or Shouldn’t I?

Pet Insurance, Should I, or Shouldn’t I?

As a full service veterinary hospital there are many questions we are asked with regularity. One of them is, “How old does my pet have to be to begin vaccines?”, another is, “Does my pet really have to be seen by the doctor before medication can be prescribed?” Most of these questions are very easy to answer, and we answer them daily. But a more […]

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