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Dog Flu

Canine Influenza Virus (CIV) or the “Dog Flu” has two different types: H3N8 and H3N2. Both have been in certain areas around the country for several years, last year Louisiana had it’s first case of the more common H3N2 strain of CIV in a dog.   Your dog can be exposed to the flu virus in many different ways: direct contact with other dogs, through...

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Pet Obesity During the Holidays

Pet Obesity During the Holidays

“Pack your bags. Pack your car. Pack your sleigh. But don’t let your pet pack on the holiday pounds.” Holiday season is upon us — a busy time of year for festivities, family, and, of course, lots of eating! Did you know that if a ten-pound cat ate just one ounce of cheddar cheese from your hors d’oeuvres, it would be the same as if a person...

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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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