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Tips for Having a Well-Adjusted New Kitten

Socializing your sleek new bundle of joy is something you can do with your veterinarian’s help. Start here. Did you know that kittens learn and develop a big part of their adult personality by 16 weeks of age? It’s true, … Continue reading

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Time to check for heartworm disease!

The rainy season has arrived, and the Tampa Bay area has certainly had it’s share of rain. With extra rain, come extra mosquitoes – and mosquitoes carry heartworms. And all it takes is one mosquito to bite your pet to … Continue reading

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10 Signs of Heart Disease in Dogs and Cats

Persistent cough* Difficulty breathing* Fainting/collapsing* Abdominal swelling/distention* Less tolerance to excercise Heart murmur Change in heart rate Change in body weight Restless or hiding Loss of appetite * signs that should always warrant a visit to the vet Valvular disease … Continue reading

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Help! My dog is leaking!

Let’s discuss what can cause a dog to lose control of its bladder and what you and your veterinarian can do to help. The rundown Normal bladder function relies on a specific set of muscles and nerves and a normal … Continue reading

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Help Your Companion Keep His Cool in Spite of Summer’s Heat!

A primer on helping your dog survive the dog days of summer: Protecting your pets from summer heat Many folks look forward to some fun in these lazy and hazy summer days, but pet owners need to know that summer … Continue reading

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When your cat’s sick …

When humans feel sick, we want a blanket and a quiet place to rest. If you don’t get those things, you feel stressed and it takes longer to heal. Cats are the same way: When kitties don’t feel well, they … Continue reading

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Can I stop shedding in my pet?

Every pet sheds. It’s a natural process that helps animals adjust to their environment. But how can you tell if your pet sheds a normal amount or way too much? And is there anything you can do about it? Let’s … Continue reading

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The Perfect Scratching Post

Your feline friend deserves the best, right? That means his claws do too. Here’s all you need to know to create the perfect environment for cat-scratching heaven. Scratching is a normal behavior, and you should encourage it by creating places … Continue reading

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Be ready for thunder season: Your noise aversion tools

Did you know that at least one in three dogs suffer from noise aversion? Noise aversion is a fearful reaction to noise. It is stressful for your dog — and is likely also stressful for you. Your dog could be … Continue reading

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Study: Noise sensitivity in dogs could be a sign of serious pain

Your dog used to run toward the vacuum cleaner. Now he runs away from it. He didn’t used to be afraid. What changed? A new study conducted by animal behavior scientists from the United Kingdom and Brazil found that dogs who show … Continue reading

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