Tag Archives: dogs

This week is Animal Cruelty and Human Violence Awareness week.

I have not highlighted anything on this topic this week, but did want to discuss it a bit today. Yes we should talk a lot about it, but we have highlighted dog fighting as well as pet laws in the past few months. So I decided not to post every day about this week. Animal […]

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Today is pet owner independence day

The past few years, we have tried to highlight fun pet holidays with our posts on the website. Sometimes we also do them in the office (like dental month!). This is one of the more strange pet holidays on the calendar, but is a funny twist on our work day versus our pets. The premise […]

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Aggression between dogs in the same household

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Today is National Dog Fighting Awareness day

What is dogfighting? The ASPCA defines dogfighting as a type of blood sport in which dogs are forced to fight one another for the entertainment and/or profit of spectators. Know the signs: Dogs used for fighting are typically raised in isolation, so they spend most of their lives on short, heavy chains. They are regularly […]

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Epilepsy in your pets

According to Clinicians Brief February 2019, epilepsy is the most common neurologic disorder in dogs.  Lifelong administration of anticonvulsant medications is the current mainstay of therapy. Initial therapy is phenobarbital or Bromide.  Phenobarbital is the drug of choice for cats. Treatment is successful in most cases. An exam, bloodwork, urinalysis, and X-rays are done and […]

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Comfort Dogs

Comfort dogs offer entertainment or a welcome distraction from a traumatic event such as tornadoes, hurricanes, depression, domestic violence, school shootings, for example. It’s hard to be sad or lonely when petting a dog.  These dogs do more than just crisis work. The AKC website sites that interacting with animals boosts levels of oxytocin, dopamine, […]

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So why is chocolate poisonous for dogs?

Chocolate is derived from the roasted seeds of Theobroma cacao.  It contains caffeine and theobromine which are toxic to animals.  When eaten your pet can experience mild to severe symptoms leading to complications and even death. Symptoms include:  vomiting, diarrhea, fever, twitches, rapid breathing, stiff muscles, low blood pressure and seizures. Many don’t realize that […]

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My dog has reactions to vaccines so I don’t do any.

Certain breeds of dogs, especially the little ones can react to vaccinations.  There are many things we can do to minimize those.  First let’s talk about what is a vaccine reaction and what to do about it. What constitutes an adverse event? An adverse event is any undesirable ocurrence associated with the use of a […]

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A few tips for helping with anxiety

I have a toy Australian Shepherd who lives and breathes with me.  This breed as well as some others are more prone to be close to just a few individuals while other breeds like everyone.  Yes we have some separation anxiety, but here are a few tips I have used and keep in my “toolbox” […]

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Pre-Thanksgiving tips

If you are like many families, you may be starting your Thanksgiving meals early.  Dr. Flanders family has their first today!  Please keep the usual tips in mind: Make sure family members understand, NO BONES for the pets.  These are choking hazards.  Even if it seems safe, bone fragments can flake off and get stuck […]

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