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Helpful tips, recent news, inspiring tales, cute photos and more fun stuff from The Drake Center.

February is National Pet Dental Health Month!

Did you know that “doggie breath” isn’t one of your pooch’s inherent traits? It’s actually a sign of a problem—dental disease.

Most of us don’t think about our pet’s teeth, but the truth is that dental disease is as common in dogs and cats as it is in humans. This disease is a frequent source of pain and often leads to poor general health, including liver, kidney and heart disorders.

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The Key to Your Pet's (Healthy) Heart

Did you know that human heart-healthy lifestyle tips are applicable to your pet, too?

In light of American Heart Month, we’ve compiled a list of things you and your furry friend can do together to keep your tickers in top shape.

1. Eat right. Just like you, your pets should avoid high-fat, salty foods that can contribute to weight gain, high blood pressure and high cholesterol—all risk factors for heart disease.

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Whole Dog Hosts Drake Veterinary Lecture Series

Got a question about your pet’s skin issues? Curious about integrative medicine? Want to know more about veterinary acupuncture? Check out our lecture series!

The Drake Center will bring local pet owners answers to these questions and more through lectures hosted by Whole Dog Sports Center from January to March 2013.

While these events are free to the public, each lecture will benefit a different local rescue group, shelter or cause. A small donation (we suggest $10) is greatly appreciated.

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Vet Pets: Loree

At The Drake Center, it’s no surprise our families are a bit…furry. From dogs and cats to horses, chickens and an emu, we’d like you to meet the loves of our lives—our pets. 

Proud pet parent: Loree, Registered Veterinary Technician

  • Miss Mia Miaw, DSH
  • Trouble, DSH
  • Misty, DSH
  • Gladys, Lhasa Apso mix
  • Two fish, five snails and a hermit crab

If you had to choose, would you say you are a cat person or a dog person? Why?

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The Many Benefits of Blood Work

As veterinarians, we often wish we could just ask our patients to tell us where it hurts. Unfortunately, evaluating sick pets is much more complicated, which is why blood work is such a valuable diagnostic tool.

Routine blood testing can help determine causes of illness, verify organ health prior to anesthetized medical treatments and aid in the general maintenance of healthy pets.

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The Truth About Online Pet Pharmacies

The birth of online pharmacies has created a huge shift in veterinary medicine over the past few years. For many pet owners, purchasing medication online may seem more cost effective than going through their local veterinarian. However, it is important to realize that this process also comes with many risks.

Due to the dramatic decline of pharmaceutical sales in the veterinary hospital, the validity of numerous medications used by pet owners—especially those purchased through online pharmacies—cannot be guaranteed.

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The Importance of Keeping Dogs Busy

When it comes to your dog’s physical and mental health, daily walks and play sessions are key. Besides keeping your pet in shape, exercise acts as the equalizer against all bad behaviors, helping to keep a variety of problems—like inappropriate elimination, anxiety, eating disorders, attention seeking, aggression and barking—at bay.

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