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What to do About Hot Spots in Dogs

The low-down on those itchy, inflamed  and painful (ouch!) areas on your dog’s  skin that he just won’t leave alone. Most dog owners are familiar with “hot spots” – unfortunately, their dogs are too. A hot spot is  an area … 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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“Is my dog playing … or fighting?”

How to tell the difference between normal play and inappropriate aggression in dogs. Safe, healthy play doesn’t just provide dogs with a good  source of exercise. It can also aid in social development  while building behavioral flexibility and helping the … Continue reading

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Nutritional Requirements of Large and Giant Breed Puppies

Not all puppy foods are alike. Not all pups are alike. Feeding the right diet to the right puppy is very important, especially when it comes to large or giant breed pups. Fact: There is no universal dog food. Proper … Continue reading

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4 Reasons Why Your Dog Needs a Yearly Heartworm Test

You dutifully give your dog heartworm preventives every month, so you don’t need to do yearly tests, right? Unfortunately, it isn’t that simple to keep your dog free of the foot-long parasites. Here’s how annual testing can help protect your … Continue reading

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The Truth About Heartworm Disease in Cats and Dogs

Heartworm disease is a very serious disease in both cats and dogs, but the unique physiology of each species means that it is really two very different diseases. As you learn about the similarities and differences here, however, remember the … Continue reading

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Adipose (Lipoma) Tumors

These notes are provided to help you understand the diagnosis or possible diagnosis of cancer in your pet. For general information on cancer in pets ask for our handout “What is Cancer”. Your veterinarian may suggest certain tests to help … Continue reading

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Congestive Heart Failure in Dogs

What is congestive heart failure? Congestive Heart Failure (CHF) is a term that refers to the heart’s inability to pump adequate blood to the body. There are many causes of CHF in dogs. The two most common causes are mitral … Continue reading

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Chronic Degenerative Valve Disease in Dogs

How does the normal heart work? The heart is the organ responsible for pumping blood to and from all tissues of the body.  The heart is divided into right and left sides.  The right side of the heart pumps oxygen-deficient … Continue reading

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Cruciate Ligament Rupture in Dogs

What and where are the cruciate ligaments? The word cruciate means “to cross over” or “form a cross.” The cruciate ligaments are two bands of fibrous tissue located within each knee joint. They join the femur and tibia (the bones … Continue reading

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