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Netflix and Snack: What Foods are Safe to Share with your Dog

We all love sitting on the couch with something to snack on after a long day, but how many of us are guilty of sharing with our furry friends? Of course it's too easy to want to slip something over to your doe-eyed dog, but how can we be sure that what we’re sharing is safe? This is a list of foods that are not only safe for you and your dog to share, but they can also be good for your pup!


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4 Keys to a Healthy Heart

Did you know that heart-healthy lifestyle tips for humans apply to pets, 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.


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Loving Your Pet: Dos and Don’ts

It’s February, and that means love is in the air—but are you loving your pet the right way? Here are five dos and don’ts to help you show your furry valentine some love this month and all year long.

DO Show Affection Appropriately

Is there really a wrong way to pet your dog or cat? Yes! If your pet recoils when you go in for a hug or your snuggle sessions often end in love bites, chances are you’re not getting it right.


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Why Your Pet Should Get A Dental Exam

By Nicole Abrego and Dr. Jennifer Hamlet

February is Pet Dental Health Month...has your pet had a recent oral exam? Periodontal disease is the most common infectious disease in both dogs and cats with approximately 85% of pets over 3 years of age having some level of periodontal disease. A regular dental plan including home care along with professional cleanings will help your pet’s mouth remain healthy and disease free.


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Dr. K's Case of the Month: Glass Eater

By Dr. Heather Kovac

The Patient

Misty, a 7 year old labradoodle, was presented to our hospital when her owner saw her passing what appeared to be large pieces of glass in her stool.  

The Case

Misty was eating normally, acting happy, and her stools were solid.  However, the owner reported that she found many pieces of decorative glass rocks missing from her outdoor fireplace.


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5 Tips to Curb Your Cat’s Scratching

When it comes to frustrating feline behaviors, a penchant for furniture destruction tops the list for most owners. These tips and creative solutions can help your cat develop better scratching habits so you can live in harmony—and maybe even save your favorite chair in the process.

Understand Your Cat's Need to Scratch

Whether we like it or not, scratching is an innate feline behavior that cannot be prevented—in fact, even declawed cats still “scratch!”


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