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Spring is Here: When Should My Dog Visit the Groomer?

All dogs usually grow thicker coats during the colder months of winter, including our short-haired pups like Chihuahuas, Boxers and even Dobermans! While pet owners may not notice the difference during winter months, they may start to notice now that spring has sprung. This is due to increased shedding or as groomers call it, “blowing their coat.” Below are some tell tale signs it may be time to see your groomer:

 

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4 Things You Should Know About Heartworms

By Jennifer Reed

April is National Heartworm Awareness Month! Are your pets protected?

Here’s what you need to know.

Heartworms are transmitted by mosquitos.

Heartworms are long, spaghetti-like parasites that live in the heart or pulmonary arteries. These worms cause disease by clogging the heart and major blood vessels, resulting in reduced blood supply to other organs, such as the liver, kidney and lungs.

But how do they get into the heart?

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7 Things You Should Ask at a Vet Appointment

 

Taking your dog or cat to their vet appointment can be a bit overwhelming, especially if you don’t know what to expect. We asked the doctors at The Drake Center, in Encinitas, the questions they think pet parents should ask during their pet’s exam. Here is what they had to say:

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First Aid for Pets: Preparing a Kit

Are you prepared for a pet emergency? Just like humans, animals can experience several kinds of medical crises, like allergic reactions, bites, wounds, heat stroke and poisoning.

The most important thing you can do in these types of situations is seek immediate veterinary care.

First aid measures should never replace professional medical attention; however, keeping emergency supplies in your home or car may help your pet in a critical situation before you can get to a vet.

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