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You probably see your pet every day. And he may look perfectly fine to you, but how can you tell if he isn’t? The short answer is sometimes you can’t. That’s why it’s so important to schedule regular wellness visits with your veterinarian — even if your pet seems totally fine. Some medical conditions aren’t easy to detect without the benefit of a full physical exam and perhaps even diagnostic testing like bloodwork and urine testing.

It’s always a good idea to let your vet know if you notice any changes in your pet’s activity level, appetite, behavior or personality. But other than that, what does a normal, healthy pet look like? Here are a few of the basics.

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Why You Shouldn't Let Your Dog Eat Table Scraps

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It may be tempting to let your dog eat table scraps, especially when they are staring at you throughout your meal. You may even think you are giving them a nice little treat.

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According to the American Kennel Club, approximately 500,000 pets are affected by home fires each year. To raise awareness about this important topic, July 15th has been named been National Pet Fire Safety Day. To help ensure your pet does not become affected by fire, we’ve put together a list of five fire safety steps that will help keep your dog or cat safe.

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Streptococcal Pneumonia in Dogs

By Simon Priestnall | Article Featured on Veterinary Experts

The Canine Infectious Respiratory Disease (CIRD) Group at the Royal Veterinary College (RVC) are currently researching a bacterial disease that has been increasingly implicated in fatal cases of infectious pneumonia in dogs over the past five years. They are calling for dog owners and vets to recognise the signs of the potentially fatal disease Streptococcal pneumonia to ensure rapid treatment and contribute to research to reduce further spread.

The bacterial infection Streptococcus zooepidemicus causes a severe, bloody pneumonia in dogs, producing signs similar to those associated with toxic-shock syndrome in humans.

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Beware the Biting, Stinging Insects of Summer

BY DR. TINA WISMER DVM, DABVT, DABT | Article Featured on Vetstreet.com

Summertime often means more time outside…and also more bees, wasps, hornets and other bugs that bite and sting and can make life miserable not just for us, but also our pets.

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Cardiac Exam Procedure in Pets

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  • A cardiac exam evaluates the function of the cardiovascular system. The exam is performed by your veterinarian to determine the health of your pet’s heart.
  • The exam is especially important for older animals, pets with a history of heart problems, or breeds that are at increased risk for developing heart problems.
  • Early diagnosis and treatment of heart disease are very important.

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My Pet Has Red and Irritated Eyes. What's Going On?

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This easy-to-spy problem is common in both cats and dogs and can be caused by an injury, an irritation or even a disease. Regardless of the cause, your pet’s eye may look roughly the same: Some or all of the structures surrounding the eye will be red and/or visibly swollen, a condition commonly known as conjunctivitis.

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What is Canine Distemper?

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Prevention is the key with this disease. Distemper in dogs is caused by a virus which is spread through most body fluids including saliva, urine, and blood. It is highly contagious and often deadly. At first, the disease mimics kennel cough, with goopy eyes, fever, runny nose, coughing, and tiredness the most common symptoms. Later signs of infection include seizures and paralysis. That’s why getting the vaccination against the virus is critical.

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Keeping Your Pet at a Healthy Weight

A roly poly puppy or chubby kitten might look cute, but carrying extra fat can endanger your pet’s health. Here’s how to keep your pet’s weight in check.

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Toxic Pond & Lake Water: Blue-Green Algae Can Be Deadly for Dogs and Other Animals

Toxic Pond & Lake Water: Blue-Green Algae Can Be Deadly for Dogs and Other Animals

Article by Dr. Mary Fuller, DVM | Featured on Vetstreet.com
It should be the epitome of pure joy: a dog leaping off the dock and splashing into a lake on a sweltering summer day. But for some dog owners, the scene can quickly turn into tragedy. The culprit: toxic blue-green algae.
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