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Don’t let boredom ruin your puppy’s brain

Your new puppy likely won’t need to fight for food in the wild. That means you’ll need some fun, err, enrichment at home to keep your canine cutie happy, healthy and out of trouble (from boredom). You’ve taken the first … Continue reading

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Fourth of July Safety Tips for Pets

For many people, nothing beats lounging in the backyard on the Fourth of July with good friends and family—including the four-legged members of the household. While it may seem like a great idea to reward them with scraps from the … Continue reading

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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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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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