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Bad Breath Might Mean Trouble With Your Dog's Oral Health

Posted by Jennifer Wicklund, DVM on

For humans, oral hygiene is an important component of our overall health. Brushing, flossing, mouthwash and visits to the dentist are commonplace for most of us. But what about our dogs? Are we doing a good job looking after the oral health of our best friends? For many, the answer is no.  So, let’s talk about some routine questions veterinarians get regarding dog teeth and oral care.  Does my dog need routine dental examinations?  In a word - yes. Your dog's mouth should be examined thoroughly by a veterinarian every year. Your veterinarian will check the teeth and gums, look for any foreign material or...

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Smart Summer Fun in the Sun

Posted by Jennifer Wicklund, DVM on

Longer days, warmer temperatures and vacation mean summer is the time to get outside! With your best friends, of course! Dogs love many summer activities and mostly just want to be out with you! But it may take a little planning to keep them safe in the heat. Here are a few tips to keep in mind as you and your dog enjoy the summer. Tip #1: Never leave dogs in parked, unattended cars in the summer The temperature can rise to fatal levels within minutes even if windows are left open. Young and old dogs, brachycephalic breeds (those with...

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Tips to Keep Your Dog Calm During 4th of July Fireworks

Posted by Jennifer Wicklund, DVM on

The July 4 holiday is right around the corner. People are busy preparing for picnics, parades, barbecues, road trips, get-togethers and, of course, fireworks. While you consider your plans for the big weekend, it is worth remembering that fireworks and other loud noises can make dogs anxious and uncomfortable. The big bangs and sparkly lights may be exciting to humans but they can cause dogs to run away, jump through windows or over backyard fences; dogs may cower or engage in repetitive, nervous activity that leads to injury. Not surprisingly, animal shelters and veterinarians regularly receive more reports of missing dogs and dog injuries...

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Beware the Hazards of Water

Posted by Jennifer Wicklund, DVM on

It is already promising to be a hot summer. What better way to beat the heat than to pack up family and Fido and head to the lake, river, or ocean?! While enjoying family time and treating your pet to a fun outing, don’t forget there may be serious dangers your dog can pick up from the cool, refreshing water. Blue­Green Algae ToxicityWatch out for harmful algae blooms in local lakes and rivers. Once the weather heats up, common algal organisms can overgrow into a “bloom.” Sometimes blooms are not harmful, but often the organisms found in these blooms can...

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The Right Way To Feed Your Rescue

Posted by Jennifer Wicklund, DVM on

We all know that obesity in people is an epidemic these days. A recent Centers for Disease Control study found that 68% of adult Americans are overweight or obese. Not surprisingly, obesity is a terrible problem in pets as well. You may wish that you had someone controlling your food intake - ­it might make dieting easier! Well, pets have us, caring for them, monitoring their food and treat intake, so there is no reason they should be overweight, and certainly not obese, right?! Wrong! Last year, the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention (APOP) completed the National Pet Obesity Awareness Study. It found...

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