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How to Help Your Dog and Cat Lose Weight!

There is no “one size fits all” weight loss strategy for pets (or for people). Start with the basics listed below and then experiment if necessary. PLEASE stop killing your pet with kindness! We know very well the hazards of making poor dietary choices in people. But your pet doesn’t have a choice ~ they…

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Dogs Fed Grain-Free / High Legume (or Potato) Diets Could Be At Risk of Heart Disease

Hundreds of dogs from many different breeds have been found to be affected by a life-threatening heart condition due to eating specific dog foods, in particular grain-free diets that are high in legumes (peas, lentils, chickpeas) or potatoes or sweet potatoes.  The large majority of cases have involved pet owners feeding a range of different…

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Fat Cat

Pet Nutrition Pt. 2: Obese Cats

We have seen an epidemic of obesity in cats in the past 20 years, which has led to a huge spike in diabetic cats. The good news is that a single, simple change in diet can have a profoundly positive benefit for these cats, and for those at-risk cats. How?  Stop feeding commercial dry cat food…

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Flea Frustration

Our flea season is now underway in North Carolina, and the current conditions are prime for a potentially rough year for pets and pet owners. Fleas need 3 environmental conditions to thrive:  1) Heat, but not too much as the optimum temps for fleas to reproduce are in the 80’s.  2) Relatively High Humidity, which…

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Stepping into the pet food aisle at your local supermarket can offer a sizable number of choices of dog and cat foods. For a first time pet owner, it can be overwhelming trying to choose what is best to feed their new furry friend. Now, go to a pet store, and the bewildering range of…

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By now, there are some among you who are probably sick and tired of hearing me talk about heartworms, heartworm disease and heartworm prevention. That’s good! That means I’m doing my job.  You are dismissed from class, and you are welcome to go outside and play and fetch and roll over. We’ll have a belly-rub…

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Chocolate, Grapes & Raisins, and XYLITOL! Oh My! I often find great amusement in the many wacky and bizarre monthly or weekly or day-specific “national days” that we have in the U.S, with a particularly odd affection for National “Talk Like a Pirate Day” on Sept 19 and “Sneak Some Zucchini onto Your Neighbor’s Porch Day”…

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Dear Dog Lovers We’ve already seen a number of mosquitoes even though it hasn’t become too ‘buggy’ yet. It comes as no surprise since mosquitos will usually emerge when the temperatures approach the low to mid-50’s, and we’ve had a tremendous amount of rain over the past 5+ months. Heartworm disease can only be transmitted to dogs…

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Introducing ProHeart 6

The 6 Month Heartworm Preventative Good day, Pet Lovers, You’ve asked, and we’ve listened! We’ve had many of our customers over the past several months asking us about ProHeart 6, the 6-month heartworm prevention.  We now offer it at Carolina Value Pet Care. There are a few things you need to know about it: ProHeart…

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Dental Care for Your Pets

* February is National Pet Dental Health Month * We’ve all been educated since kindergarten how regular brushing and flossing makes a difference for our breath, for the health of our teeth, for reducing the likelihood of cavities and gum infections and dental pain, and quite simply for our overall well-being. But when it comes…

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Helping Old Dogs With Arthritis and Joint Pain

One of the hardest things as a pet owner is watching an old, arthritic dog struggling to get up and get moving after lying down for a while. And worse, the ritual of getting up slowly and painfully is played over and over several times each day, making it even harder for us to bear….

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Cold dog

Dear Pet Lovers

As I write this in mid-November, it’s 39 degrees and raining.  A cold, miserable, cold, wet, cold day.  Yuck!  Autumn is here, but it sure feels like winter to me. While many of us are starting to think about the holidays ahead, and the arrival of more cold weather, let me take a minute to…

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Melanie and her cats

Client Testimonial: Our First Customer

Six years ago a tornado hit our house in the middle of the night, with my husband and myself sleeping on the second floor. Though it destroyed our house we were unhurt. We had to move into an apartment for the next 6 months, with our 4 house cats, until our house could be rebuilt….

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10 Halloween Safety Tips for Pets

Halloween can be a festive and fun time for children and families. But for pets? Let’s face it, it can be a nightmare. Skip the stress and keep your pets safe this year by following these 10 easy tips. 1. Trick-or-treat candies are not for pets. All forms of chocolate—especially baking or dark chocolate—can be…

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Small dog hiding under blanket

The Stressed Pet

With the holidays knocking on the door very soon, we can all look forward to the activity and entertainment and gathering of family and friends that come with Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years. For most, this will be a time of celebration and connection. For others, the holidays can be a stressful period as so…

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New Location in Mint Hill/Indian Trail Area to Start Sunday, November 4!

Good day, Pet Lovers, Thank you! We had an overwhelming response to our search for a new location in the Mint Hill area after we were told we could not return to Monroe Hardware. Thanks to Robert Beaver, we have found a new location, and we are thrilled with the facility that he has kindly…

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Heartworm Prevention is a Year-Round MUST!

Hello there Pet Lovers! Yeah! Autumn is almost here! Cooler days are sure to come soon, with less humidity, chillier nights, brilliant fall colors. Gotta love it ! While most of us welcome Autumn, believe it or not, this is peak season for fleas in this region. Thankfully, the majority of our customers are actively…

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FDA Alert Regarding Isoxazoline Medications for Fleas and Ticks

Hello CVPC friends! Recently, there have been concerns in the veterinary community involving potential problems with a certain class of drugs called Isoxazoline, which is used to treat fleas and ticks. Since there are concerns from pet owners, I felt it necessary to provide information without the social hysteria. WHAT IS ISOXAZOLINE? There are currently…

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Hurricane Preparedness for Pets

HURRICANE/STORM INFO Now that Hurricane Florence has hit the North Carolina coast, I wanted to be sure your preparation plans include your pets. ~ Dr. Bob When packing and preparing an emergency kit, here are some items your pets may need: Water, water, and more water. At least 7days worth for each person and pet…

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What Do All Of Those Vaccine Acronyms Mean???

Dr. Bob recently wrote an article about the Dog Flu vaccine, following a large outbreak in New York of this potentially deadly virus, and then he followed that with an article about Leptospirosis, another potentially deadly disease in both pets and people. As a result, Dr. Bob and our team have received a lot of great…

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Obesity and Your Pet

During one of our recent vaccine clinics, a dog owner with a rather “portly” pooch asked a CVPC team member if they thought her dog was “fat”. In the most diplomatic way possible, the team member confessed what was obvious to everyone (well, to everyone except the pet owner herself, who wanted to argue that…

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Tell me about… Canine Influenza Virus

If you tune into news about pets, you may have heard about the recent outbreak of the Canine Influenza Virus (CIV) in New York City. As of late May, there had been more than 35 confirmed cases in Brooklyn. For some of you, this may be the first time you’ve heard of Canine/Dog Flu. For many others, you’ve heard this story before…

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Puppies and Kittens – CVPC Vaccine Schedule

Our team is often asked, “When is the time to start puppy shots and kitten shots?” The CVPC policy follows the recommendation by our vaccine manufacturer as well as AAHA (American Animal Hospital Association).   Let’s start with our canine companions.   – We can begin to vaccinate puppies as young as 6 weeks old with…

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Cortisone for Skin Allergies

At CVPC we use Kenalog (Triamcinolone) for dogs and Depo-Medrol for cats to help combat skin allergies. In general, cats are more tolerant of cortisone than dogs are, so that is why we typically use the longer-acting Depo-Medrol for cats. I get occasional questions about the use of cortisone/corticosteroids in pets. I think it’s unfortunate…

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Bathing Your Pets: Truth vs. Fiction

There is so much misinformation about bathing pets… Want the truth? Here it is: What matters most is what type of shampoo you’re using. What matters most is what type of shampoo you’re using. With the majority of pet shampoos, you can bathe your pets as often as you wish. Let me say that again!…

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CVPC Offers Skin Care Products

We now carry SKIN CARE PRODUCTS that we personally use and love (for our pets… not on ourselves)… at prices that YOU will love. KETO-C Shampoo 16oz – $23 – I recommend this Ketoconazole + Chlorhexidine shampoo for dogs that suffer from skin allergies resulting in YEAST and/or BACTERIAL INFECTIONS on the skin. When the…

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Omega-3 Fatty Acids Are Great for Itchy Pets!

Every veterinary dermatologist (skin specialist) enthusiastically agrees that every itchy pet should be on Omega-3 Fatty Acids (FA)! And for dogs and cats, that means marine/fish oils. Omega-3 FA have a number of health benefits throughout the body (joints, kidneys, skin, eyes, nervous system), but for our purposes, we will just talk about the skin…

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Dogs and Those Pesky Ear Infections

It is very common for a dog to suffer from an ear infection. It can be a painful and irritating situation! You will observe them scratching their ears and shaking their head and you may even notice an abnormal smell. Most of the time, these infections are caused by bacteria and yeast. Luckily, Carolina Value…

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