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Grain-Free Diet Statement

Grain-Free Diet Statement In July, the FDA announced a possible correlation between grain-free diets in dogs and a heart disease called Dilated Cardiomyopathy (DCM).  Given the current popularity of such diets, this article was met with alarm from many pet owners who are currently feeding such diets. Certain dog breeds, such as the Doberman, Boxer and Great Dane, have a familial predisposition for this heart disease.  However, cardiologists were beginning to see an increase in incidence in atypical breeds, many of whom were being fed grain-free, exotic protein diets containing such alternate ingredients as peas, chickpeas and other legumes. At…

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5 Tips for Keeping Pets Safe This Halloween

The weather is getting colder, the leaves are starting to change, and it is looking a whole lot like everyone’s favorite spooky time of year – Halloween. While Halloween is a fun holiday for humans, it can be a frightening, stressful time for your pets. All the costumes, doorbells ringing, and decorations can pose dangers to your furry friends. To keep everyone safe this Halloween, here are 5 tips for protecting your pets:   Avoid Costumes You may think it is so adorable to see your cat or dog in that little costume you found at the store, but dressing…

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Is Pet Insurance Worth the Money?

Public opinion over insurance is always in a state of flux, isn’t it? On one hand, some people find it ridiculous to pay thousands of dollars on a premium that could help cover an accident that may never even happen. On the other hand, other people realize that accidents can and do happen, and they would rather have all of their bases covered than not be able to afford help when they need it. While a majority of our society seems to be on the same page with insurance for our homes, our cars, and ourselves, almost nobody can agree…

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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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Weird Cat Behavior: Explained

Cats are a special kind of animal. They have a place in our hearts as the silly, aloof, loving, and hard-to-figure-out family members. Anyone with a pet cat, from a brand new kitten to an old rescued senior cat, know that these animals are somewhat of an enigma. But are any of your cat’s weird behaviors something to be worried about? Let’s look at some weird cat behavior and see if we can explain it. Chattering out the Window Behaviorists get a little confused by this. There are two main explanations. The first is that cats are natural predators and…

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3 Reasons to Consider Microchipping Your Pet

Your pet is part of your family; the last thing you want is for him to run away or get lost! Unfortunately, one in three pets will become lost at some point in their life. You want to be prepared in case your best friend can’t find their way home on their own. Microchipping your pet is a simple, easy step you can take to make sure he is easier to locate. They Can’t Get Lost The microchips that go into our pets are extremely small computer chips. They are implanted under the skin with a syringe, not causing your…

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5 Signs Your Pet May Be In Pain

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No one wants to find out that their pet is injured or ill. But when they are, owners want to know as soon as possible. Because of natural instincts to protect themselves, many pets will not show obvious symptoms of injury or sickness. Luckily, if you know your animal and his habits, you should be able to spot one of these 5 warning signs your pet may be in pain and get him the treatment he needs. Aggressive or Sensitive to Touch If your dog or cat is a normally sweet animal (or at least not particularly aggressive) and all…

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4 Signs Your Kids Are Ready for a Pet

Adopting an animal is a major life decision, and one that impacts everyone in your household. While you, and maybe your partner, know that it’s time to bring a furry friend home, you have to consider that your kids also need to be ready to help care for a pet, too. So how do you know? While it varies from family to family, here are 4 common signs your kids are ready for a pet: Your Child is Comfortable Around Animals Bringing a pet home should not be your way of getting your children over their fear of animals. You…

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7 Common Signs of Diabetes in Cats

Sensing there’s something wrong with your cat can be a scary feeling. Your lovable animal has suddenly started acting strange, but you have no idea why. Feline diabetes may be the cause. While not a common disease in cats, feline diabetes can be found in even healthy-weight pets. Consult your veterinarian if you see any of the 7 common signs of diabetes in cats: Increased Thirst and Urination Due to glucose not being able to enter the cells, blood glucose levels (high blood sugar, or hyperglycemia) are raised. Kidneys filter out this extra glucose, which carries water with it, causing…

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Why Your Pet Needs Routine Dental Care

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Dental health is an important part of your pet’s overall health. Just like humans, pets require regular dental checkups, preventative care, and routine teeth cleaning. With neglect, pets can suffer from plaque buildup, gum disease, cavities, and even loss of teeth. The veterinarians at Falls Road Veterinary Hospital believe preventing disease is just as important as keeping a healthy diet and exercise regime for your pets. How to Know When Your Pet Needs a Dental Cleaning Your pet’s mouth is home to a swarm of bacteria, and when left unchecked, they can multiply and grow into dangerous diseases. These impact…

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