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Obesity

By Dr. Clare Guichard OBESITY Obesity is the most common preventable disease in dogs and cats.  It is defined as an accumulation of excess body fat.  Dogs and cats are considered overweight when they weigh 10-20% above their ideal body weight.  They are considered obese when they weight 20% or more above their ideal weight.   What factors affect weight management? Overfeeding is a common...

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10 Holiday Pet Gift Ideas

10 Holiday Pet Gift Ideas

By Dr. Clare Guichard I made this Top Ten Gift List in case you’re stressing about what to get your best friend/soulmate, the one who cuddles next to you every night and you share every meal together, no I’m not talking about your significant other (and let’s be honest, you’re not getting them a gift anyway) obviously I’m talking about your beloved dog or cat!...

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Why should you vaccinate your pet?

Why should you vaccinate your pet?

You love your pet and want them to stay happy and healthy for as long as possible, which is why vaccines play such an important role in both of your lives. They not only help protect your pet from various fatal disease, but can also help protect YOU from zoonotic diseases. A zoonotic disease is one that can be transmitted from animals to humans. Rabies...

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Pet Nutrition

Pet Nutrition

Your pet’s nutritional needs regarding diet selection is critical. Stage of life, namely growth, adult maintenance and senior age diets are all important, as are prescription diets for specific medical conditions. Proper diet choices can impact many age related disease, prevention from arthritis as well as longevity of life. The recent explosion of fad diets such as raw diets, grain free diets and dozens of...

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Pet Behavior

Pet Behavior

October is a great month for animals. It’s National Animal Safety and Protection Month, and ASPCA’s Adopt a Shelter Dog Month – there’s even a shout-out to reptiles on Reptile Awareness Day, October 21 and cats for National Cat Day, October 29! With all of these warm and fuzzy feelings circulating in the autumn air, it’s a perfect time to take a good, hard look...

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Feline Litter Box Information

Feline Litter Box Information

FELINE LITTER BOX INFORMATION Cats are fastidiously clean. Providing a clean litter box and stress free environment encourages them to use the litter boxes in your home. Recommendations for types, location and number of litter boxes: One litter box per cat plus one Use scoopable litter; most cats prefer a fine grained, unscented litter *Litter should be about 2 inches deep to allow them to...

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Your pet’s skin: there’s a lot to cover!

Your pet’s skin: there’s a lot to cover!

Let’s make sure your pet is healthy all over. Schedule your pet’s yearly checkup today! The kids are back in school, and you finally have a chance to relax. Who wants to join you? Your pet! While your snuggling with your furry friend, you may feel a bump or rash on their skin. What should you do? Your pet may have bumps. Lumps. Missing fur. A...

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Do you know the most common disease in dogs and cats?

Do you know the most common disease in dogs and cats?

Dental disease is the most common disease in dogs and cats. Does your pet have it? It’s time to schedule their checkup today and find out. Dental disease is the most common disease in dogs and cats, affecting 78% of dogs and 68% of cats over the age of three. Although most dogs and cats will develop some sort of dental disease, small dog breeds (such...

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