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General Pet Care Tips & Resources

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The Importance of Dental Health in Pets

Just like in people, pets need yearly dental health examinations, cleanings, and treatments to prevent dental disease. Dental disease is the number one diagnosed problem of dogs and cats under 10 years of age. It is also the most under-treated disease of dogs and cats.

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What To Expect During Your Pet’s Oral Assessment

Adult dogs have 42 teeth and adult cats have 30 teeth. Each tooth is individually assessed! We record missing teeth, note any large fractures, and if any teeth feel loose teeth. We also look at something called “probing depth”, which evaluates for presence and severity of infection below the gum-line. Dental x-rays are obtained of each tooth to evaluate for conditions below the surface including: tooth root abscesses, resorptive lesions (cats), sub-gingival fractures, and bone loss surrounding the tooth.

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Treadmill Workouts for Dogs, by Dr. Peel

Treadmill workouts can be an excellent supplemental exercise to outdoor walks/runs for a variety of reasons. For instance, treadmill exercises can be great during the long, cold days of winter, rainy/snowy days, or the heat of summer. Treadmills are also a great tool for senior dog owners or owners with disabilities. Treadmill exercises are great for older dogs, dogs with arthritis, hyperactive dogs, obese dogs, or dogs recovering from injury in which they need a controlled surface and speed to build their fitness level.

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Heart Disease and Grain-Free Diets or Exotic Meat Diets

Recently, a correlation between dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM), which is a fatal heart disease, and the feeding of grain-free, boutique, or exotic meat diets has been recognized. There currently is no consensus on why these diets are causing DCM.

This article provides more detail and treatment options for DCM.

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Outdoor Fun with Your Dog, by Dr. Peel

Interested in some fun outdoor plans for you and your dog for the weekend? Regular exercise keeps your dogs healthy as well as mentally and physically stimulated.

Here are some tips from Dr. Peel.

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Deskunking your Dog

My dog Mattie has been sprayed by a skunk 3 times in her life, twice in June, and surprisingly once in February. It has always happened at night.

If you are as unfortunate as I have been and your dog gets sprayed by a skunk, here are some helpful tips:

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Noise Phobias: Summer Storms and Fireworks

Between fireworks and thunderstorms, summer is stressful for our two dogs. Last year, we heard fireworks every night from June 29th through July 15th.

Here’s what we’ve found works:

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Running Safely with your Dog in the Summer

It is important to make sure your dog is safe when running during the hot summer months.

Here are some tips to keep him safe and healthy!

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How to Decrease Your Pet’s Anxiety About Going to the Vet

Do you have pet who is a little skittish when it's time to come visit us?

Here are our top four tips to help!