Do Dogs Get Hay Fever?

Hay fever in humans causes the typical sneezing and itchy water eyes associated with pollen allergies – trees and grass in the Spring and ragweed in the Fall. Dogs also react to these pollens, but in a much different way.  Dogs show more sensitivity to the pollen contact to the skin than the nasal passages and eyes as in humans.  The typical symptoms in dogs are generalized itching of the sides,...
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Should my groomer be cleaning teeth?

Groomers do a wonderful job at keeping our pets looking good. They often are the first to spot skin growths, infected ears, or dirty teeth.  Some groomers offer a dental scaling as a service thinking it is beneficial and effective. Though groomers may have good intentions, dental cleanings fall under the exclusive care of veterinarians.  Though dental tartar (brown buildup) on the teeth is...
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How do I keep my dog from getting the flu?

Influenza has been in the news a lot lately, and many pet owners worry about the risk to their pet. While influenza has been seen in our area in recent years, we have not been seeing cases frequently. Preventing the flu can be difficult, because the disease is so infectious. Spread by coughing and secretions, the flu can infect unvaccinated dogs in no time!  Vaccinations are available against...
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My dog had a seizure. What do I do?

Seizure disorders are relatively common in dogs and can be caused by many different conditions. Although upsetting to witness, it is important not to panic.  Seizures usually last less than two minutes.  A pet may lose consciousness, become rigid, paddle its limbs, and urinate or defecate during the event. If your pet is having a seizure, keep it from any area where it may fall and injure...
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What makes a trusted veterinarian?

Veterinarians as a group have always been a well thought of and trusted class of professionals. Perhaps it’s their interest in caring for animals in general and their sacrifice of schooling and effort to be able to do so.  I can’t think of a more wonderful profession that helps people and their furry ones they care about. Most people can readily think of a veterinarian who’s care, and compassion...
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How often should my pet’s teeth be cleaned?

Dental disease is one of the most common diseases affecting our dogs and cats. Poor dental health can impact lifespan and overall quality of life and should therefore be taken seriously. Genetics and breed play important roles in how quickly dental disease develops in dogs and cats. Furthermore, tartar develops because few pet owners (myself included) brush their pet’s teeth daily....
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Should I take my pet to the dog park?

  Many dogs live to run and play at the dog park. Of course, certain precautions should be considered while allowing your dog to mix with others.  Dogs can behave atypically when introduced to a new group. A dog that is normally friendly, can become stressed or even aggressive if another dog in the area is giving off aggressive signals. Fights can happen, and while these events are physically...
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What’s Up with Airline Pet Travel?

There have been some unfortunate news stories lately of challenges, including death, of some pets traveling on airlines.  Though the circumstances are different, it does point to issues that some airlines are addressing to make pet travel safer. Travel of any sort may stress your pet.  Obviously, airline travel puts strong restrictions on pet mobility and owner contact, making that stress even...
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Does My Pet Have Ringworm?

Dermatological abnormalities are common in our pets, and ringworm is often blamed when a rash appears, especially if the rash is circular in shape. Fortunately, ringworm, which is caused by fungal organisms, is rarely the cause for new skin lesions.  It is an uncommon condition in dogs or cats. Most often, this fungal disease appears in young dogs or cats in overcrowded conditions, such as in...
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Does My Pet REALLY Need a Rabies Vaccination

Rabies cases are rare, but extremely deadly.  Once signs develop in a person or animal, the disease is essentially fatal. Given the severity of the disease, rabies vaccination is required by Summit County for cats and dogs.  Any mammal can become infected with the disease, so our pets may become infected by wildlife or other domestic animals while outside. Bats that take up residence in our...
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