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Bringing Home Puppy: What's Next?

There are fewer things in life sweeter than a new puppy. The soft fur, big paws and sweet breath…there’s nothing better!

But what do you do after you’ve picked out the name, purchased the supplies, puppy-proofed the house and brought home your bundle of joy? In honor of National Puppy Day on March 23, we’ve compiled a health care guide just for new puppies and the parents who love them.

Preventative Care

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What is periodontal disease?

Have you taken a look inside your pet’s mouth lately? If not, you could be missing some serious clues into Fluffy or Fido’s well-being.

Periodontal disease affects nearly 85 percent of all cats and dogs over three years of age. In addition to association with liver, kidney and heart disorders, this disease is a frequent source of pain and often leads to poor general health. 

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Top 5 Reasons to Consider a Professional Pet Dental Cleaning

Did you know that dental disease affects nearly 85 percent of dogs and cats over three years of age? Imagine the equivalent—a human not brushing his/her teeth for 20 years—and you can easily understand why! Fortunately, dental disease is a treatable and preventable problem in most pets.

Need an additional incentive or two to make an appointment for your pet? Here are five great reasons to consider a professional dental cleaning:

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February is National Pet Dental Health Month!

Did you know that “doggie breath” isn’t one of your pooch’s inherent traits? It’s actually a sign of a problem—dental disease.

Most of us don’t think about our pet’s teeth, but the truth is that dental disease is as common in dogs and cats as it is in humans. This disease is a frequent source of pain and often leads to poor general health, including liver, kidney and heart disorders.

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Canine Training: No Free Rides!

When we first get our dogs, our intentions are always very noble. We have every intention of training them and exercising them. We have been told this will produce a balanced and well-behaved dog, but real everyday life seems to slowly sneak in - we go back to our hectic schedules and your dog gets pushed down on the priority list. Because we feel guilty for not giving them the leadership and time they deserve, we substitute treats and belly rubs for exercise and training.

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Indoor Cats: The Keys to an Enriched Life

While cats confined to an indoor environment generally live longer and are at less risk for contracting infectious diseases or injuries due to trauma, they are at greater risk for a variety of behavioral problems. These problems include urinating and defecating outside the litter box, anxiety, eating disorders, attention seeking, aggression, self-injury and compulsive disorders like excessive grooming and scratching.

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Caring for Your Senior Pet

Would you wait seven years to get a physical check-up from your doctor? Most of us wouldn’t and our pets shouldn’t, either—especially as they get older.

On average, pets age seven times faster than people. This means that most dogs and cats reach adulthood by age two and middle age by four. By age seven, most dogs—particularly larger breeds—are entering their senior years!

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