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Diagnosing and Treating Your Pet Alone: The Dangers of the Internet

The internet is an amazing resource, one that has completely transformed our lives. It answers an infinite amount of questions for us, as the press of a button, anywhere we are at anytime.

The problem is, maybe we have too many answers, and from some unreliable sources to boot. If you were to Google “sick pet symptoms”, you would have 1.36 million results at your fingertips in 0.67 seconds. So where do you even begin?


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Canine Good Citizenship: Can Your Pup Pass the Test?

You’ve got a great dog — but is he/she a good citizen?

The American Kennel Club (AKC)’s Canine Good Citizen program was designed to reward dogs with good manners at home and in the community, as well as their owners.  A 10-step basic obedience test is required to earn the official AKC Canine Good Citizen title.

As a professional dog trainer, my dream is that all dog owners aspire to this goal.


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Hospice Care and Euthanasia: When It’s Time to Say Goodbye

While most pet owners agree it is better to have loved and lost a furry friend than never to have loved at all, coping with the impending death of a beloved pet is never easy. Fortunately, this process does not have to be navigated alone.

Working together with your veterinarian, you can make the most of your pet’s final days and guide him/her through the end of life peacefully.

Quality of life

One of the most important things to consider during the gradual decline of a pet’s health is his/her quality of life.


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After Adoption: Why Your Shelter Pet Still Needs to See a Veterinarian

Congratulations on the adoption of your new pet!  We are thrilled that you decided to adopt a pet from the shelter and save a life! 

When a dog or cat is adopted from the shelter, he/she is most likely current on vaccines, has been spayed or neutered and has been microchipped.  The shelters work hard to make adopting a pet as easy as possible.  However, it is still very important to follow up with your veterinarian soon after adoption. 


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Bringing Home Puppy: What's Next?

There are fewer things in life sweeter than a new puppy. The soft fur, big paws and sweet breath…there’s nothing better!

But what do you do after you’ve picked out the name, purchased the supplies, puppy-proofed the house and brought home your bundle of joy? In honor of National Puppy Day on March 23, we’ve compiled a health care guide just for new puppies and the parents who love them.

Preventative Care


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Aging Pets and Cognitive Dysfunction

Degenerative brain disease, or Cognitive Dysfunction Syndrome (CDS), is far more common than you may think. CDS is defined as a loss in learning, memory, and awareness. It results in varying stages of dementia. 


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The Five Most Frequently Asked Dog Questions — Answered

Why is my dog so itchy? 

Itchiness is often the result of a flea bite. The best defense is to keep your pet on a year-round product to prevent and treat flea infestations. Some dogs may also have atopy, which is inhalant, and/or a contact allergy. Dogs can be allergic to one or many of the things that humans are allergic to, such as molds and pollens. Symptoms can range from mild to severe, depending on the environmental conditions and the response from the dog. Your dog may also develop secondary skin infections that require medication.


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