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Ear Infections in Dogs and Cats

Spring is finally in the air! While we all love the warmth and sunshine it brings (and, for our canine friends, the fun of rolling in sun-warmed grass), not everything about the season is so pleasant. Pollen looks pretty dancing in the air, but for allergic dogs and cats it can be a sign of rough times ahead.  Rolling in the dirt?  There’s bacteria and yeast in there, you know.  Even water can be a problem as it can linger in the ears after a long romp in the lake, providing yet another avenue for a common canine health problem…the dreaded ear infection!


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Does Your Pet Have Arthritis?

Arthritis doesn’t just affect humans; millions of pets in America also suffer from this debilitating condition. And, like us humans, arthritis in pets is generally seen the most throughout the senior population.  Arthritis occurs when the cartilage between joints wears thin, causing the bones to grind against each other. This can lead to issues such as chronic pain, joint stiffness, and difficulty walking and moving.


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Disaster Preparation for Your Pets

Hurricane Katrina. Wildfires in California. Flash floods in Texas. Emergency trips to the hospital. We never know what kind of a disaster we’ll be facing or when, but if we’re prepared ahead of time no event is too big for us to handle. We’ve gathered the best tips around to help you and your beloved pet get ready for any emergency and have put them into one list. Get together with your family soon and make a plan; not only for yourself and your home, but for the little furry/feathered/scaly creatures within.


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Dirty Little Toxins

Many of us have experienced at least one heart-stopping moment with our pets.  Sometimes we can’t find them and fear that they have fled the house or yard.  Other times accidents happen and our beloved furry friend cries out in surprise or pain.  But one of the scariest things a pet owner can encounter is when they find an empty container of food or a household product and just knowthat their pet has eaten something they shouldn’t.


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Did My Cat Say That?

All cat owners have experienced the joys of feline communication…whether we understood them completely or not.  From having our feline friends cozy up on our lap (or laptop) to nudges against our legs, from gentle licks to the hands to furry butts in our faces in the morning, cats seem to have more than a few ways of telling us what they want.  The question is, do we know how to listen?


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Demystifying Dental Disease

There’s nothing like a smooch from your pet.  You’re all cozy on the couch, petting Sadie or Toby’s soft fur.  You look down at them, they look up at you and up their muzzle comes for a kiss.  But WHOA BABY!  That is some serious breath on your furry friend!

The most common disease we encounter in veterinary medicine (and we encounter it daily) is periodontal (gum) disease.  From the Veterinary Oral Health Council (VOHC):


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Declawing Your Cat

To Declaw or Not To Declaw…That is the Question

Whether ‘tis nobler in the mind to suffer the rips and tears of kitty’s aggression on the furniture or to take arms against a sea of scratching posts, and by opposing, declaw.  The truth of the matter is somewhere in between Shakespeare’s ultimatum, and there’s the rub.  When you have a cat who is sweet as pie, loving and playful, and has laid utter waste to your curtains and furniture, what do you do?  Plymouth Veterinary Hospital is here with the answers!

 


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Crate Training Your Puppy

One of the most exciting things in life is bringing home a new puppy. They’re tiny, soft, adorable, and you always fall in love at first sight. But beyond those cute looks and playful antics is a living being with needs—and those needs are our responsibility as pet parents! Puppy training takes a lot of work and you want to make sure you get it right.  Puppies that aren’t trained and are left to their own devices often experience behavior issues as they get older.


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