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Dangerous substances: What to avoid giving your dogs and cats.

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As pet owners, we're responsible for keeping our companions happy, healthy, and safe. There are many common household items that can pose a danger to your pet's health, so we've compiled a list of substances that can be dangerous for your pets to ingest. This isn't a complete list, so if you're ever unsure about

Nutrition for your pets.

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Proper dietary nutrition is one of the keys to good health and longevity for our pets. In this article, you’ll learn about the nutritional requirements for both dogs and cats. Then, we’ll discuss how to provide your pet with a balanced diet, including how to choose the right type of food, if you should

Vaccines for dogs and cats: A complete guide.

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Vaccines are an important part of your pet’s preventative health care plan. They protect your pet from contagious diseases, some of which are fatal, like rabies or hepatitis. Routine vaccination is an important tool in preventing illness and keeping your dog or cat healthy, even if they are primarily indoor animals. But there is some

Dental health for cats and dogs.

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Dental disease is one of the most common medical conditions that veterinarians encounter.  More than eighty percent of dogs over the age of three and sixty percent of cats over the age of three have some form of active dental disease. The most common dental problems affecting our pets are periodontal diseases (such as gingivitis),

The essential guide to holiday pet safety.

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The holiday season has arrived. For many people, this means bringing out festive decorations and hosting get-togethers with loved ones. Unfortunately, some of our time-honored holiday traditions carry certain risks for our furry friends. The following guide will examine the most common safety concerns for dogs and cats during this time of year and offer

Acetaminophen toxicity in cats and dogs.

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Acetaminophen is an over-the-counter medicine used for pain and fever relief. It's the active ingredient in a number of medications--you can find it sold alone as Tylenol or in combination with other drugs for multi-symptom relief, like Nyquil or Excedrin. It's very likely that you have several medications containing acetaminophen in your home, which is

Microchipping: All you need to know.

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Microchipping is a routine, non-invasive procedure where a veterinarian inserts a microchip that contains a unique identification number under a dog or cat's skin using a hypodermic needle. This procedure is becoming increasingly widespread across the world. Some countries are even starting to require mandatory microchipping of dogs and cats. To help educate pet owners about

Protecting your cat from High-Rise Syndrome.

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Autumn has arrived in Florida, which means we can finally turn off the A/C, open up our windows, and enjoy the weather. But for cat owners, keeping the windows open carries a specific risk: Feline High-Rise Syndrome. High-Rise Syndrome refers to the injuries that cats sustain as a result of falling from high places, such

Your plan for preventative care.

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We often emphasize the importance of preventative care for your pets at Towne Center Animal Hospital. Designing a preventative care plan for your pets might seem a little intimidating at first, so we're going to break it into a manageable list of things you can do to improve your pet's health and longevity. Regularly examine