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Hurricane Preparedness for Your Pets

Hurricane Preparedness for Your Pets

Well it’s that time of year again: Hurricane Season.  Countless times people have been told to leave their homes for a short period of time only to find out they can’t return for days or even weeks. The bottom line: We need to be prepared to take our animals with us when we leave.  Here are the 5 key items to prepare now: 1. Identify evacuation...

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National Pet Week – Preventative Care for Your Pets

As we celebrate National Pet Week, here is a quick overview of common preventive measures to help keep your pets healthy. 1.  Importance of once or twice yearly examination of your pet to detect problems and address concerns early on. Appropriate vaccinations should be administered based on your pet’s lifestyle and exposure risks. 2.  Prevention of parasites both internal and external, especially here in the Deep South...

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White Obedient Funny Young Happy Labrador Retriever Sitting In Grass And In Yellow Dandelions Outdoor. Spring Season.

Heartworm Disease

Did you know that mosquitoes carry heartworms, and all it takes is one mosquito to bite your pet to become infected. Here’s the good news about heartworm disease: it’s an illness that can be easy and affordable to prevent. The bad news is that if you don’t prevent it the right way, your pet is at high risk of getting sick. Take a look at...

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Intestinal parasites

Intestinal parasites

Intestinal parasites can be a very serious problem that can affect our pets as well as our families. Some infections can even become life-threatening. Common intestinal parasites include roundworms, hookworms, whipworms, tapeworms, and coccidia. Most intestinal parasites can cause diarrhea. If left untreated, this can cause your pet to become dehydrated. Some parasites such as roundworms and whipworms can become so numerous that they can...

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How to save a dog’s life with CPR

How to save a dog’s life with CPR

Eyewitness Reporter Meg Farris visited Dr. Clare Guichard, a veterinarian at Lakeview Veterinary Hospital who demonstrates CPR on Molly-Ann, Farris’ Louisiana Catahoula. Watch the video here Following these steps could save your pet’s life. The Steps: – Lay the dog down on its right side. This will put its left side up, where the heart is accessible. – Put your hand in front of the...

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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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