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Bad Breath: The Silent Disease

Does your fido or fluffy have bad breath? That offensive odor could signify serious health risks for you beloved pet. To help keep you aware of potential health issues, we've compiled a list of dental and oral complications to look out for.

Here are the top 10 things you need to know:

  1. Periodontal disease is the #1 diagnosed problem in dogs and cats. By age 3, 85% of dogs & cats are affected with some level of dental disease.
     

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A Pet's Guide to Weight Loss

Obesity is an accumulation of excessive energy stored by adipose (fatty) tissue sufficient enough to contribute to disease. It is the most common form of malnutrition in our companion animals and it is growing in frequency due to an increasingly sedentary lifestyle coupled with highly-palatable, energy-dense food sources.

Obesity can significantly increase the risk of various diseases and can negatively impact both the quality of life as well as the life span of our pets.

Conditions associated with obesity include:

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A Guide to Canine Ear Infections

Ear infections are one of the most common health problems dogs face. Here's what you should know:

What is an ear infection?

Infection of the outer ear, or otitis externa, indicates chronic inflammation of the external ear canal. This type of infection is often caused by bacteria or yeast. Infection of the middle or inner ear can also occur.

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Heartworm Disease

Heartworm disease. While most of us have heard of this in reference to a shelter pet or a stray, this disease is much more prevalent in the family pet setting than it would seem. The more that people understand about the disease process and ways to prevent the disease, the fewer pets will have to struggle with it. While most people know that this is a problem occurring in dogs, not as many know that it can affect feline pets as well. There are many common ideas about how heartworms are spread and how we can test for them that are incorrect.

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Leptospirosis

Leptospirosis has gotten some press lately, for good reason. This bacterial infection can cause many issues, including liver and kidney damage, be passed along to humans, and may be deadly.

 

What is it?

Leptospirosis is a spiral shaped bacteria that lives in water and the urine and tissues of infected animals.

 

How do animals contract this bacterium?

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Pet Toxins

Our pets are our family and as such we do everything in our power to keep them safe and healthy. Be aware of common toxins that can be found in and around your home. This article aims to educate of potential risks.

 

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How Hot is Too Hot? Heat Stress in Pets

Summer’s almost here! It’s time to sweat (or hide in the air conditioning). But your dog can’t sweat, and your cat only sweats between his toes. So how do you tell if your pet is starting to get overheated? It’s not quite the same with them as it is for us, but there are signs that, once you know them, will seem obvious. 

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Can Your Pet Make You Sick?

We know that pets are more than just companion animals—they are family. We let them sleep in our beds, share our meals from time to time, and lick our faces clean. But love isn’t the only thing going on between people and pets. Humans can contract many illnesses—called zoonotic diseases—from animals, even our furry family members. Thankfully, simple precautions like education, good hygiene, and appropriate veterinary care can greatly reduce your risk.

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