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CANINE VACCINES – WHAT WE GIVE & WHY
Most pet owners don’t fully understand what their pets are being vaccinated for. My intent is to de-mystify the ‘secret’ of pet vaccines, and help you gain a more thorough understanding of not only what we are vaccinating your pet for, but why. [MORE]

PUPPY/KITTEN VACCINE SCHEDULE
It was recently brought to my attention that having a vaccination schedule available for our friends and clients would be very helpful. So, voila! Your wish is my command… [SCHEDULE]

SEASONAL ALLERGIES & HOW TO MANAGE THEM

One of the most common conditions veterinarians see in their practice is also one of the most frustrating. Allergies. Any pet owner who suffers from allergies themselves can certainly understand the misery that allergies can cause their pets.  [MORE]

UNWANTED CHEWING BEHAVIOR … AND HOW TO MANAGE IT
Many dogs love to chew ! No surprise there. But we never seem to mind a dog chewing until… well, until they destroy something of value to us. Fortunately, there are several strategies that we can put into place to help control a dog’s unwanted chewing behavior.  [MORE]

FLEAS (& TICKS) & FLEA CONTROL
Pet owners now have more choices and more quality products than ever for controlling and eliminating fleas. But before you try yet another new “miracle” flea product, read this…   [MORE]

FOOD ALLERGIES IN PETS
We all know someone who has an allergy to some type of food, whether it’s peanuts, shellfish, yeast (in bread), dairy products, etc. But you may be surprised to learn that food allergies account for approximately 5 to 10% of allergy cases that we see in dogs and cats.   [MORE]

HEARTWORM DISEASE & TREATMENT
Heartworm disease is a serious, even potentially deadly condition caused by parasitic worms living in the arteries of the lungs and in the right side of the heart of dogs (and several other mammals including cats) that is spread only by mosquitoes.  [MORE]

HEARTWORM PREVENTION & HEARTWORM TESTING POLICY
Heartworm disease is a serious, even potentially deadly condition caused by parasitic worms living in the arteries of the lungs and in the right side of the heart of dogs (and several other mammals, including cats) that is spread only by mosquitoes. Fortunately, heartworm disease can easily be prevented by medications available through veterinarians. READ this handout first, to decide what prevention is best for your pet.
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HOUSE TRAINING YOUR PUPPY & DOG
Believe it or not, teaching housetraining to a puppy or even an older dog is easier than you think. Simply follow this proven method strictly, and you can expect good results given time… patience… and consistency. Keep 2 points in mind… First, dogs begin to learn readily around 5 weeks of age – but they have to realize that you are going to teach them.  [MORE]

INTESTINAL WORMS & PARASITES
We are asked frequently about this fun topic, so we have compiled some information to help you understand how they affect your pet, and you. [MORE]

VACCINE REACTIONS (& INSECT STINGS)
Your pet has received one or more vaccinations to protect him or her from serious or even potentially fatal diseases. We greatly appreciate your efforts to let us provide this most basic, yet crucial service to your pet.  [MORE]