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Letter from Dr. Bob

Good day pet lovers, It goes without saying that everyone is experiencing a dramatic shift in the way we conduct our everyday affairs.  While most of us have generally accepted the changes that have been created around the pandemic, still, it has been a challenge for many of us to adopt new ways of doing…

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Introducing Educational Videos

WAITING TIMES FOR SEEING PETS WITH SKIN ALLERGIES & EAR INFECTIONS DRAMATICALLY REDUCED! Do you want the Good News … or the Awesome News ??? Since we began seeing pets for ear problems and skin infections nearly 8 years ago, I have seen hundreds if not thousands of pets with allergy issues and skin problems. …

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Introducing TeleTails

If you missed our recent message, at Carolina Value Pet Care, we are implementing a form of telemedicine through the smartphone app TeleTails, giving you the opportunity to communicate directly with Dr. Bob during the week for live consults for seasonal / environmental / food allergies, consults for Apoquel refills, and even refills for prescription…

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New Findings in Cats

NEW FINDINGS IN CATS:  WHY WE RECOMMEND GIVING THE 3 YEAR FELINE DISTEMPER VACCINE RATHER THAN THE 1 YEAR FELINE DISTEMPER VACCINE! For those kitty owners who have had the unfortunate experience of coping with chronic kidney disease with your cat, we now have new information that suggests possible causes for this debilitating and life-threatening…

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April COVID-19 Update

Good day, Pet Lovers April 17, 2020 I imagine that most of you are becoming pretty restless with the COVID. -19 containment policies still in place statewide, nationally and globally.  We are, too.  Still, we understand that these short-term restrictions will almost certainly lead to long-term disease prevention for the vast majority of us.  And…

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No More Ear-itation

Q. My dog keeps scratching at her ears and they smell funny. Can you tell me what I can do to help her? Itchy skin! Stinky ears! These are among the most common medical problems that veterinarians see in dogs. Can you imagine how miserable your dog must be when he or she is constantly itching,…

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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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