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When to Visit Your Veterinarian

By Dr. Bruce Little All dogs and cats are individuals and require specific care and attention. Many times, pet owners fail to recognize aggression and/or health problems until it is too late to correct the issue and the pet suffers or may even die. No one knows your pet like you and the members of…

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February is Pet Dental Health Month

By Dr. Bruce Little February is National Pet Dental Health Month created through a joint effort by the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) and the American Veterinary Dental College (AVDC). This annual event provides information and recommendations about the most frequently diagnosed disease that effects dogs and cats, dental and gum disease, collectively called oral disease….

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9 Signs Your Dog is Sick

We all have off days, but when you’re able to talk it’s easy to explain your alignments and seek help. However, it’s less easy for dogs to communicate their feelings especially when they are unwell. It’s important to understand some of the sounds, actions and behaviors from dogs, and how they communicate with us. If…

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Medical Marijuana and Pets

By Dr. Bruce Little Much has been written and discussed over the past two years about marijuana and other plant derived products regarding the use of these products in pets.  Since January 2017, records indicate that as many as 28 states and the District of Columbia have legalized medical marijuana. In addition, eight states and…

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Signs of Pain in Dogs and Cats

By Dr. Bruce Little There has been much studied and written by researchers and clinical veterinary practitioners regarding the issue of pain in these pet family members. So much so that organizations such as the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) and the American Association of Feline Practitioners (AAFP) have joined forces to write and publish…

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Cancer in Dogs and Cats

By Dr. Bruce Little Although cancer in pets differs very little from cancer in humans, it remains a complex, misunderstood, and disheartening tragedy when our four-legged family members are diagnosed with some form of the dreaded “Big C.”  First, it might be productive to review terms that are part and parcel to these conditions. The…

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National Canine Lymphoma Awareness Day

National Canine Lymphoma Awareness Day is observed every year on November 7th. This day helps to generate awareness about canine lymphoma, and nudge every pet parent to check their dogs regularly. According to the Animal Cancer Foundation (ACF), there are approximately six million new canine cancer diagnoses each year. Here are some important facts to…

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5 Signs Your Cat is Sick

Some cats seem almost smart enough to talk – in fact, many of them have no problem vocalizing their needs. But cats in pain tend to do the opposite. They may grow quiet and reclusive. Therefore, it’s a good idea for you to know your cat’s habits and be aware of subtle changes in your…

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Halloween Safety Tips

By Dr. Bruce Little Halloween is almost here! While Halloween is a joyous and thrilling time of year for us, it can create a lot of stress and anxiety for our pets. The constant doorbell ringing and strangely dressed people, with lots of scary costumes and elevated and unusual noises, can stress out many dogs and…

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Anxiety in Dogs and Cats

By Dr. Bruce Little Fear and anxiety in pets can come from many different sources. Pets can become fearful of people, sounds, sights, and other pets, either within your home or out in public. The cause can usually can be traced back to inadequate handling and exposure during the first few months of their lives….

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What Are Veterinary Technicians?

Next week, October 14-20, is National Veterinary Technician Week! Veterinary technicians are the people in scrubs who assist veterinarians while maintaining the well-being of the patients. They have a demanding job that requires a lot of versatility. Some of their duties include, but are not limited to: Initial exam of an animal to determine the…

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Protect Pets from Wildfire Smoke

By Dr. Bruce Little With the ever-expanding incidence of wildfires across much of the western portion of the United States, it’s a good idea to review actions that can be taken to protect pets from smoke and debris. All pet owners should prepare an Emergency Preparation and Evacuation Plan before disaster strikes. That plan should…

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5 Things You Might Not Know About Horses

If you’re interested in getting a pony or horse, you’ll need to consider its temperament, state of health, breed, age, and how they’ll be used. It’s a good idea to work with experienced horse people such as trainers, equine veterinarians and breeders before making any decisions.   If you don’t have horses – or know…

From the Vet: Biggest Pet Peeves

Like anyone, veterinarians have challenges in their profession. It’s not always cute puppies and kittens! In fact, veterinary medicine, while largely rewarding, can be a stressful field. Oftentimes, pet owners will cause issues for veterinarians, and get in the way of their pets’ care. We asked our veterinary adviser, Dr. Bruce Little, DVM, what his…

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4 Reasons to Keep Chickens

Chickens aren’t typically first on the list when it comes to pets. You might not even consider them at all! But keeping them can be just as rewarding as having a dog or cat. Chickens are also a good way to enhance sustainable living. Plus, they’re relatively low-maintenance, once you have them set up in…

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How to Find a Veterinarian

Finding a veterinarian is one of the most important parts of pet ownership. Not only finding a good veterinarian, but also finding an animal hospital with good technicians and support staff. This is key to a long and healthy pet/family relationship — your pets are members of your family, after all! Search your zip code…

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Health Benefits of Owning a Pet

Pet ownership comes with a lot of responsibility, but it isn’t without its rewards. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, pets can decrease blood pressure, cholesterol, and triglyceride levels, as well as feelings of loneliness. Here are just some of the positive health impacts of owning a pet: Reduction of Stress Pets…

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Emergency Vet Visits: Know the Signs

As you know, pets need routine veterinary care for vaccinations, parasite control, dental care and grooming. But of course, pets can sometimes encounter health issues outside of their regular checkups, which may even necessitate an emergency veterinary visit. Many emergencies can be prevented by keeping your pet safe and removing all toxic substances out of…