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Choosing Your Pet’s Final Resting Place

Losing a pet is never easy, and or thoughts are with you during this difficult time. When you say goodbye to your beloved pet, it's important to understand that Florida law requires that certain precautions be taken when burying deceased animalThese precautions help protect the environment and local wildlife.

Why taking these precautions is important:

If not buried properly, deceased animals can attract wildlife, especially eagles and other birds of prey. If your pet was euthanized, the body contains chemicals that can sicken or even kill wildlife.


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Can Wildlife Make Your Pet Sick?

If your pet spends time in the great outdoors, you may not give much thought to who he shares that space with—but you should. From deer and coyotes to foxes, skunks, bats, and raccoons, wild animals can pose a serious threat as they carry a variety of diseases that can be transmitted to pets and people. 


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Recognizing Signs of Pain in Your Pet

Pain is a clinically significant symptom that can adversely affect an animal’s quality of life—and the first step in treating it is recognizing and acknowledging it.

Our pets share the same anatomical and biochemical pain pathways that we do; therefore, we can expect their level of discomfort with certain conditions to be similar to ours. Unfortunately, they cannot tell us with words how they feel or where they hurt, but they can give us clues about their level of discomfort.


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Taking Care of Your Dog’s Paws

Your four-legged friend’s feet play an important role in his daily life. They provide insulation to keep him warm in cold temperatures, contain sweat glands to cool him off in the heat, absorb shock, provide traction and balance, bear the majority of his weight, and allow him to run to greet you at the end of a long day.

Unfortunately, this means they also endure a lot of wear and tear. Watch out for these paw problems—and catch any issues early by regularly checking your dog’s digits.


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Spring is Here: When Should My Dog Visit the Groomer?

All dogs usually grow thicker coats during the colder months of winter, including our short-haired pups like Chihuahuas, Boxers and even Dobermans! While pet owners may not notice the difference during winter months, they may start to notice now that spring has sprung. This is due to increased shedding or as groomers call it, “blowing their coat.” Below are some tell tale signs it may be time to see your groomer.


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After Adoption: Why Your Shelter Pet Still Needs to See a Veterinarian

Congratulations on the adoption of your new pet!  We are thrilled that you decided to adopt a pet from the shelter and save a life! 

When a dog or cat is adopted from the shelter, he/she is most likely current on vaccines, has been spayed or neutered and has been microchipped.  The shelters work hard to make adopting a pet as easy as possible.  However, it is still very important to follow up with your veterinarian soon after adoption. 


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Get the Scoop: What Your Pet's Poop is Telling You

We know it can be an icky subject to talk about- but there is a lot about your pet’s stool that can be an indicator of their health. Not only is it important to monitor what goes into their body, but it is also necessary to keep an eye on what’s coming out.

 


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