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heartworm prevention

Heartworm Prevention for Dogs

By Pet Care

A dog can only get heartworms from the bite of a mosquito infected with the heartworm larvae. Once a dog is bitten by an infected mosquito, it takes approximately seven months for the larvae to develop into adult heartworms. One matured, the heartworms take up residence in the heart, lungs, and associated blood vessels and begin to reproduce. An adult…

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warmer weather

Get your furry friends ready for warmer weather

By Pet Care

With warm weather coming, pet owners should prepare for the season. Pets, like dogs, require special care during spring and summer due to the heat and seasonal activities that could present hazards and risks for pets. Make sure that your pet is prepared and ready to make the most of the season ahead; see your veterinarian in the Columbia area…

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giving your pets medicine

Giving Meds to Your Dog: 6 Tips to Help You

By Pet Care

We all know the refrain a spoonful of sugar helps the medicine go down, but Mary Poppins may never have tried giving pills to a dog! Giving meds to your canine companion can pose a bit of a challenge, so here are 6 tips to help make the process easier for both you and your pet.  Wrap the Pill in…

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Is YOUR Diet Healthy for your Pets?

By Pet Health

Watching what you eat? Many of today’s most popular diets feature foods that are filled with additives, like sugar-free sweeteners, that may not be safe for pets, especially dogs and cats. If you regularly eat these types of products or if you are on a diet, make sure that you are not exposing your dog or cat to food items…

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What kind of exercise can you do with dogs in winter?

By Pet Care

It is important for pets to have some sort of physical activity, but winter weather may make it difficult to get outside as often. The key is to exercise with dogs; engage and entertain your pet while giving them a healthy workout. This little bit of added activity is good for them- as well as for you!  Try these exercises…

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Dog in Jacket

Winter attire for dogs keeps them calm and comfortable

By Pet Care

If you have been considering a sweater or coat for your dog, but are reticent to be an owner that dresses their pets, know that there are many benefits to winter wear for dogs. In addition to keeping smaller breeds or older dogs warm in damp or chilly weather, the sensation of wearing clothes may calm and console a dog…

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Safe Dog Treats for Your Dog’s Christmas Stocking

Safe Dog Treats for Your Dog’s Christmas Stocking

By Pet Care, Pet Health

We get many treats for the holidays, so why shouldn’t your dog? The best dog treats are not leftovers from your holiday feast. Instead, keep your canine friend both happy and healthy with treats made especially for him. Think about homemade treats for your dog that can also serve as gifts for other family canines – your gran-dogs or your furry…

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How Do I Tell if my Dog is Depressed?

How Do I Tell if my Dog is Depressed?

By Pet Behavior

Is your Dog Depressed? How can you tell? There are some sure signs and symptoms of depression, which is quite common with household changes, adjustments, transitions, or losses, such as the passing of a primary human or a move. Many of the symptoms are parallel with what you would see in a person with depression. How do you tell if…

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Why Does My Dog Spend the Day Sleeping?

Why Does My Dog Spend the Day Sleeping?

By Pet Behavior

  Dogs really do have the life of Riley! Well, what else can you say when our canine friends spend their days eating, playing, and, above all, sleeping? If only life was so simple for a human! People new to dog-owning are often surprised at just how long their dog sleeps. They may even worry that all those dognaps are…

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