Canine Respiratory Disease Outbreaks

Canine Respiratory Disease Outbreaks If your dog is persistently coughing, a veterinary visit is in order.  A veterinarian can test your dog for infectious causes of coughing and prescribe medication if needed.  If your dog is coughing, please do not bring your dog inside the veterinary hospital unless instructed to do so by one of our team members.  Canine infectious respiratory disease complex (CIRDC), more familiarly known as “kennel cough,” is a highly contagious illness

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What Dog Owners Need to Know About the FDA’s Grain-Free Diet Alert and DCM

What Dog Owners Need to Know About the FDA’s Grain-Free Diet Alert and DCM

What Dog Owners Need to Know About the FDA’s Grain-Free Diet Alert and DCM “The FDA is investigating potential links between canine heart disease and diet — specifically grain-free dog food diets. We’ve compiled the information you need to know to understand this ongoing investigation.” Click HERE to read the full article on the American Kennel Club’s site.

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What Should I Give My Dog To Chew?

What Should I Give My Dog To Chew?

“What should I give my dog to chew?” a question often asked by owners.  And since veterinarians are frequently faced with treating fractured teeth in dogs, it is an important question to answer properly. Let’s start with a little history . . . Wolves adopted pack-living to hunt larger prey. Selective evolutionary pressures from this group hunting have created strong bones and muscles of the jaws in both wolves and dogs.  However, wolves RARELY chew bones.

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The Best Dog and Cat Food

The Best Dog and Cat Food

We know you love your pet, and we know you have a tight budget.  So what is the best pet food? An ideal pet food is one that my pet loves to eat, cleans her teeth, and makes her coat shiny.  This dream diet would support her immune system,  be gentle on her stomach, and make picking up after her a breeze. For me as a veterinarian, this mythical food has been tested in a research

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#3. What is a distemper vaccine, and why does my dog and cat need it?

#3. What is a distemper vaccine, and why does my dog and cat need it?

From the series “Top Twenty Questions Veterinary Clients Ask” Distemper vaccines are multivalent. This means a distemper vaccine protects your pet against 3-4 of the common viruses that can cause illness or death in cats and dogs.  Most canine distemper vaccines are comprised of modified distemper, parvovirus, adenovirus, and parainfluenza virus.  Most feline distemper vaccines are modified panleukopenia, rhinotracheitis, and calicivirus.  Canine viruses can be carried by foxes, coyotes, and other animals.  Feline viruses are

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#1. Why test my dog for heartworm every year, when she is on heartworm prevention medication?

#1. Why test my dog for heartworm every year, when she is on heartworm prevention medication?

From the Series: Top Twenty Questions Asked by Veterinary Clients Heartworm disease is fatal. Juvenile worms attach to the inner surface of the right atrium and grow to a foot in length as they feed on blood and heart tissue. Their bodies block the proper function of the heart causing heart failure, but not before their breeding causes a chronic pneumonia making it hard for pets to breathe.  Coughing, difficulty breathing, then heart failure and

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Dog Parks in MA

Dog Parks in MA

Dog Parks in MA and Dog Friendly Beaches in MA Here are some links and resources for great places to take your dog! Massachusetts Dog Travel Guide A list of pet friendly hotels massachusetts. Fido Loves: Another listing of Boston Area Dog-Friendly Beaches A local blogger shares his favorite spots. A huge list of Massachusetts Beaches, Parks, and Rentals Scroll past the ads at the top to find a great list farther down the page.

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Dog Urine Damage to Yards

Dog Urine Damage to Yards

Written by Texas Farm Radio Lawn damage from dog urine. Many of you may have dogs and also want a well manicured lawn.  Although many people believe dog urine and feces is a lawn fertilizer, this is not always the case. Urine and feces in small amounts can cause a green up or fertilizer effect. However, dog urine in large amounts can cause dead brown patches surrounded by a green outside ring called lawn burn.

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Dog Aggressive for Toenail Trim with Dr. Sophia Yin

Dog Aggressive for Toenail Trim with Dr. Sophia Yin

www.drsophiayin.com brings you an example of how to train a dog to enjoy having his toenails trimmed. This dog hates having its toenails trimmed. Once we demonstrate that he dislikes having his toenails trimmed, our goal is to fix the behavior while no longer eliciting any more aggression. That is, we are using counterconditioning (which changes his emotional state from fearful or angry to happy because he’s thinking about food) and desensitization (starting with the

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Choosing a Dog

Choosing a Dog

What Kind of Dog Should I Get? Choosing a dog is a 10-20 year commitment and there are some important things you should consider. In considering the differences among dogs, breeds help us understand the physical and behavioral traits typical of the various types of dogs. Choosing a dog with characteristics suited to your family’s care-taking abilities makes a safer and happier experience for the dog as well as the family. Breeds are so different

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