It’s Time to Talk About Boutique, Exotic and Grain-Free Diets in the News

Boutique, exotic, and grain-free diets as they relate to heart disease; a hot button topic with equal amounts of frustration on all sides. Pet parents who are just trying to do what is best for their pet turn to bloggers, pet food companies, friends, and veterinarians for advice and unfortunately are left with more questions than answers as they often receive conflicting advice. The primary reason for this is that nutrition is very complex and the science behind the recently reported rise in heart disease in dogs is far from settled. In this blog I hope to clear up some of the confusion surrounding this topic.

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Protect Your Pet Against Canine Influenza

The doctors of Whitesburg Animal Hospital, PC are committed to alerting you to any changes in disease patterns in our community.  While there have been no recently reported cases of canine influenza in our immediate area; several cases have been confirmed across the United States.

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10 Early Warning Signs of Pet Cancer

Today we’ll be sharing the 10 early warning signs of pet cancer from the Veterinary Cancer Society in recognition of Pet Cancer Awareness Month.

If you notice any of these signs, be sure to make an appointment with us right away so that our veterinarians can do a complete physical examination on your pet. It is important to remember that while these can be warning signs of cancer, they can also indicate other health problems as well – if your pet has one or more of these symptoms it does not automatically mean he or she has cancer. That is why it is so important to bring your pet in for an exam and diagnostic testing.

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FAQ About Heartworms

How Are Heartworms Transmitted?

Heartworm Disease

Heartworms are transmitted by mosquitoes. The adult female heartworm lives in the infected host and produces baby heartworms called microfilariae which circulate in the bloodstream. When a mosquito bites an infected animal, it picks up the microfilariae which develop into larvae within 10 to 14 days.  Then, when the infected mosquito bites a dog or another susceptible animal, these mature larvae enter the new host through the bite wound. In six months they will mature into the adult heartworm and the whole process starts again. The adult heartworm will live five to seven years in dogs and two to three years in cats

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The Fear Free Veterinary Experience

At Whitesburg Animal Hospital, providing the highest standard of care is our number one priority. We constantly strive to better serve you and your pet, which is why a majority of our staff is now Fear Free certified. Fear Free is a multi-modal approach to veterinary care that encompasses your pet’s emotional and physical well being. We have made many changes around the hospital, but there are things you can do as well to help us make your pet’s next veterinary visit an enjoyable experience. Here just a few things you can do for your next visit:

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A Healthy Weight Loss Diet Can Add Years To Your Pet’s Life

We know that starting a weight loss diet for your pet can be overwhelming.  Here, we share a client’s amazing weight loss success with her own pet. We hope that seeing the difference she made in Jake’s quality of life will inspire you to continue your own journey in creating a healthy and happy lifestyle for your pet.

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Make Weight Loss Your Pet’s Resolution For The New Year!

Weight Loss - Dog on Scale

Did you know that over 50% of dogs and cats in the US are overweight or obese? Obesity puts your pet at an increased risk for arthritis, high blood pressure, diabetes, heart and respiratory disease. You can decrease the risk by promoting a healthy weight through diet and exercise. Make creating a healthy lifestyle through weight loss your pet’s new year’s resolution.

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