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Risks of Anesthesia Free Pet Dental Cleanings

“Anesthesia free” may seem to most like a less risky procedure for your dog or cat than a veterinary dental cleaning under anesthesia. Of course we all love our pets and are nervous about the idea of them going under anesthesia. … Continue reading

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What is a Professional Veterinary Dental Cleaning?

As a pet owner, you have your pet’s best interest at heart and want to make the best choice for their care. When choosing your pet’s dental care, be sure to learn about a comprehensive veterinary dental cleaning, also known … Continue reading

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How to brush a cat’s teeth

Every cat needs clean, sharp teeth and healthy gums. Damage to the tongue, teeth, palate and gums can lead to many health risks for cats, but these can be prevented with regular veterinary examinations and good old-fashioned tooth-brushing! Regular brushing … Continue reading

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Pet Poison Control: Household Batteries

Most people are uplifted by the holiday season and anxious to share it with their household pets, however, a word of caution is in order. Playful, curious dogs and cats are often attracted to the bright, shiny surfaces of household … Continue reading

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Therapeutic nutrition can help break the cycle between lower urinary tract signs and stress in cats

Lower urinary tract signs (LUTS) are frequently encountered. Fifty-seven percent of cats with LUTS have feline idiopathic cystitis (FIC),1 and although the precise cause is unknown, studies show stress plays a significant role.2-3 “Over the past 20 years, a growing … Continue reading

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Study: Diabetes rates are rising in pets

About one in three Iowans is obese and it’s no coincidence more of our pets are also getting hefty. A new report says the number of dogs with diabetes has more than tripled in the past 30 years. Veterinarian Doctor … Continue reading

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Dogs could “go gray” due to stress

A recent study found that our dogs might have more in common with U.S. presidents than previously thought. As the stress of the office seems to make U.S. presidents gray rapidly, stress and anxiety could also be causing premature graying … Continue reading

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Microchipping of Animals FAQ

Q:  What is a microchip? A:  A microchip is a small, electronic chip enclosed in a glass cylinder that is about the same size as a grain of rice. The microchip itself does not have a battery—it is activated by … Continue reading

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BPA from canned foods may be harming dogs

A study by veterinarians at the University of Missouri found that dogs’ levels of the endocrine disruptor bisphenol A nearly tripled after the animals ate a canned-food diet for two weeks, and the exposure was associated with metabolic and microbiome … Continue reading

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Why Does My Veterinarian Charge So Much?

This is a common question posed by concerned pet owners. As a veterinarian and a pet owner, I understand the financial burden of caring for a pet as well as the mechanics of running a veterinary practice. While I can’t … Continue reading

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