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What Table Foods Can My Dog Eat? What Can’t My Dog Eat?

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Does your dog beg for a taste of your food whenever you sit down for a meal? It may be hard to resist those big, beautiful puppy eyes, but before you share with your furry friend, there are some things you should know.  Not all human food is safe for your dog. It is important to know the difference between safe and unsafe foods to prevent potentially fatal consequences.   Check out our guide below: Protein Most meat products are fine to give your dog, especially lean options such as chicken and turkey. Beef is also a great option for protein,…

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Why Does My Dog Eat Grass?

Does your dog eat grass whenever they are outside? Perhaps you have heard that dogs eat grass when they have an upset stomach, and it has you worried. While an upset stomach may be the problem, it is not the only reason that a dog will nibble grass and other plants.  Here are some reasons your dog may be eating grass, and what you may be able to do about it: Instinct Unlike their ancestors, domesticated dogs have nutritionally rich foods packaged and sold in bulk so there is no need to hunt. However, they retain the natural instinct to…

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5 Major Signs of Arthritis in Dogs

  Arthritis is a very painful and frustrating disease for your pet. Unfortunately, it is also fairly common in dogs. While older dogs are the most likely to get arthritis, it is possible to develop in dogs of any age. Due to their own natural instincts, however, many pets will not show obvious signs of pain, making this discovery tricky for their owners. That being said, there are a few symptoms to watch out for. If your dog starts displaying any of these 5 symptoms, it would be a good time to take him in for tests.   Limping or…

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Heat Advisory for your Pets

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This Maryland summer heat is no joke! Between the longer days, increasing humidity, and rise in temperature, we need to take caution when going outside. And this goes double for our pets. They are also affected by sunburns, heat stroke, and foot burns. Heat stroke is especially dangerous for dogs and cats, and it starts with heat exhaustion. Heat exhaustion symptoms can include diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, rapid panting, and reddened face and ears. If you see your pet showing these signs, take them to a shaded area or inside immediately. Give them some cool water and put them near a…

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Lyme Disease Vaccination for Dogs

Lyme disease: Is your dog at risk? Lyme disease is contracted through the bite of an infected tick and affects humans and dogs alike during warm-weather months. If your dog has potentially been exposed to Lyme disease, there is a vaccine that can help prevent complications. Caused by the Borrelia burgdorferi bacteria transmitted from one animal to another through the bite of deer ticks, Lyme disease is most prevalent in the northeastern, northern mid-Atlantic, upper Midwest, and northern coast of California regions of the United States. Deer ticks typically pick up the bacteria from infected wildlife, such as deer and…

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Leptospirosis Vaccine for Dogs

Leptospirosis is a bacterial infection most commonly found in dogs. The bacteria that causes the infection is found in soil and water, though it is most prevalent in areas with warm climates and high average rainfall. Though humans can contract leptospirosis, dog-to-human transmission is rare. The Leptospira interrogans bacteria usually is spread to dogs when their mucous membranes or open wounds come into contact with infected urine or urine-contaminated water, soil, or other items. The bacteria can be transmitted through bite wounds, reproductive secretions, or consumption of infected tissues or carcasses. The most common carriers of Leptospira interrogans are raccoons,…

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Preventing Canine Heartworm Disease

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Many of us are already aware that mosquitoes have the potential to spread diseases in humans. West Nile Virus has received significant attention, and mosquitoes may also carry Eastern Equine Encephalitis. Fortunately, none of these conditions affect dogs very often. Still, dogs are not completely immune to mosquito-borne disease. Heartworm, a very serious condition, is of foremost concern. What is Heartworm? Heartworm disease is as scary as it sounds. It is a severe and potentially fatal disease caused by parasitic worms that like to live in the heart and the arteries of the lungs of many types of mammals. Heartworms…

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Fleas, Pesky Little Creatures

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Get Rid of Fleas in Your Home, Step by Step Is your dog or cat is scratching a lot lately? Have you seen something small and black jump from the sofa onto your arm? Don’t freak out, take charge of the situation. Call the Veterinarian Is your pet on a flea control program? If they are, read the instructions again. It’s easy to miss a step. Ask your veterinarian what they recommend. You want a product that treats fleas at every stage — from egg to adult bug — and one that works well in your climate. Most flea treatments…

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FOXTAILS

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I admit I cringed when I was asked to write a blog. Writing for me can be a joy, but only if I am inspired. Inspiration does not come on demand. I was fairly confident it would not be visiting me too often, then, I thought of foxtails. Suddenly, the idea of a blog did not seem such drudgery after all. Recently, foxtails have become the subject of intense interest for us. These only started appearing as an issue in our practice 2 years ago. I remember learning about foxtails in veterinary school 22 years ago. At that time, foxtails…

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Winter Hazards To Your Dogs

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Winter Hazards To Your Dogs – What You Need to Know Winter can be hazardous for dogs and it is important to be aware of the dangers to keep your pet healthy. There are indoor and outdoor winter threats to dogs, especially around the holiday season. As the temperatures outside start to get lower and you prepare for colder weather, it is important to also prepare your dog for the winter. Whether your dog lives indoors or outdoors, there are dangers in colder conditions. Your dog’s health, food, and environment all need to be taken into consideration when “Old Man…

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