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Giving pets as gifts – Good idea or recipe for disaster?

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Every holiday season, we have families looking to add new furry friends to their homes. Being pet lovers ourselves, we can appreciate the thought of adopting a new dog, cat, rabbit, or any pet, but sometimes these good intentions miss the mark.  Giving a pet as a gift doesn’t always end happily for the animal. It is true that pets bring us the utmost joy and friendship, but what many forget is the daily responsibilities that come with pet ownership. Here are some things to keep in mind if you are toying with the idea of gifting a pet to…

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Taking Care of Your Pets During the Holiday Hustle and Bustle

November begins weeks of many wonderful fall and winter holidays. There will be lots of travel, incredibly delicious foods, family gatherings, and shopping. As much joy and pleasure these holidays bring to us, it can also bring a lot of stress and pressure to our pets. Here are 4 suggestions that pet owners need to consider during these next two months. Introducing New Friends Holidays are about getting together and sharing time with friends and family, pets included. Pets are usually comfortable with being introduced to new people, but if you are hosting a party, your pet can become overwhelmed…

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When and How to Trim Your Cat’s Claws

Claw Care for Your Cats Nail trimming is an important part of grooming and taking care of your pet. Cats, however, can get very stressed about having their claws trimmed. With their fast reflexes and agile nature, they can make this necessary task difficult and frustrating. But there is a way to have your cat be calm and serene whilst getting their quick manicure. Despite what you may have heard, cats benefit from having their nails trimmed. Cat’s nails grow in layers. When a cat sharpens their claws on a scratching post, they are removing the older layers and exposing…

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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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Pesky Spring & Summer Pests

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A common nuisance of summer, mosquitoes have the potential to spread disease as well as causing itching. West Nile Virus, common in humans, is the most well-known mosquito-borne disease, and it rarely affects dogs. One disease that is seen in canines and transmitted by mosquitoes is heartworm. Heartworm is a severe, potentially fatal, disease that is caused by parasitic roundworms. Those worms infect the heart and the arteries of the lungs of multiple mammal species, including dogs. Though heartworms can infect more than 30 species of mammals, including cats, foxes, and ferrets, canines are considered their ultimate hosts. When a…

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Upcoming Pet Adoptions

Nothing makes us, or your furry friends, happier when you chose to adopt them. The moment when they have that family love and forever home is one that they never forget. We are excited to share with you some upcoming local adoption events in Potomac, MD and the surrounding areas. June 23rd – Bark in the Park in Poolesville, MD Inflatables, food vendors, farmers market – 6:00 – 9:00pm, Dog Contest – 7:00pm, The Woo Yeahs in concert – 8:00pm. PetConnect Rescue will also have a table there and a couple of their adoptable dogs. July 1st – Kentlands BARK!…

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The FVRCP Vaccination

The feline distemper vaccine, or FVRCP vaccine, is an important preventative step to keeping your cat healthy. The vaccination prevents three airborne viruses that can be deadly: rhinotracheitis, calicivirus, and panleukopenia. Let’s take a look at each of these diseases, and how the FVRCP can protect your cat. Feline Rhinotracheitis Virus Feline rhinotracheitis virus (feline herpesvirus 1, or FVP) is a common cause of respiratory disease. Infection can be chronic, even life-long, and can lead to recurrences that can cause respiratory and eye disease. It spreads through airborne respiratory secretions, such as mucus and saliva, or direct contact with an…

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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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Feline Leukemia Virus

Feline leukemia virus (FeLV) is a common disease among cats, affecting between 2 and 3 percent of the cat population in the United States. It impairs a cat’s immune system and can lead to serious complications, including lymphoma and leukemia. Kittens are more susceptible to FeLV infection, but adult cats can contract the virus. FeLV is contracted through cat-to-cat transmissions, including bites, grooming, and sharing dishes or litter pans. An infected mother cat also can transmit the infection to her kittens at birth or through her milk. Outdoor cats are more likely to contract FeLV than indoor cats. FeLV strains…

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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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Greenbriar Luxury Pet Resort

Our sister facility Greenbriar Luxury Pet Resort Maryland’s Premier Dog & Cat Luxury Boarding Facility. Located in Urbana, MD convenient to Maryland, Virginia, and D.C. We are committed to providing your pets with the best pet health care through all stages of their lives. Our luxurious amenities provide everything your pet needs and more! Our 30 acre facility provides: Veterinary Hospital, Pet Rehabilitation & Therapy Program, Luxury Dog Boarding, Luxury Cat Boarding, Pocket Pet Boarding, Grooming, Dog Training, Free Off Leash Dog Park, Dog Day Camp, Do-It-Yourself Dog Wash and more Please call us or stop in today to see for yourself that we truly are your ONE stop for all your pet’s needs.

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