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The Doctors Blog

A collection of articles and blogs written by our doctors.

Solar Eclipse and Pets

Do you need to worry about your pets during this months' solar eclipse?(see more)

Canine Influenza (Dog Flu)

Canine influenza, or dog flu, is a highly contagious respiratory infection of dogs.(see more)

Keeping pets healthy during the winter months

Cooler weather is finally here and that means winter is just around the corner. This can mean seasonal challenges for our pets. Cold weather may worsen some medical conditions such as arthritis. (see more)

Benefits of a well behaved pet

Owning a puppy or kitten is lots of fun. There are behaviors that are natural for their age that can be very cute and entertaining in their early years such as mouthing and nipping but will become destructive as they get older. (see more)

Importance of pet dental health

Most people are familiar with good dental hygiene. They brush/floss their teeth every day and they have regular checkups every 6 months for a professional dental evaluation and cleaning by their dentist. What most people don't think about or realize (see more)

Plants and foods toxic to pets

There are many different plants and foods that can be toxic to our furry friends. Attempting to cover all of these in a blog would be a bit ambitious. However, there are some food intoxications that are seen more often and it is worth mentioning those common offenders individually. Also, in the realm of plant intoxications, some plants are either seasonally more popular than others or just more prevalent in our local landscapes (see more)

Heartworm disease

Heartworm disease is a serious and potentially fatal disease of dogs, cats and ferrets. It is transmitted to our pets by mosquitoes which are prevalent most of the year in the southern United States. There are several FDA approved heartworm preventative medications on the market which makes this a completely preventable disease. (see more)

Preventing heat stroke in pets

The summer months are approaching and with it comes the often oppressive heat and humidity. The best way to prevent a problem with heat is to help pets avoid it. (see more)

Preparing for disaster

All of us living in Florida are aware of how quickly the weather can change. Severe thunderstorms, tornadoes, flooding and the danger of tropical storms and hurricanes are all events we can prepare ourselves and our pets for in advance. Be sure to bring your pets indoors well before the weather gets bad. (see more)

Fleas and ticks

The threat of fleas and ticks in our region is ever present. But, knowing more about how these ectoparasites operate and what can be done to prevent and treat infestations is as easy as reading this blog. (see more)

The importance of immunizations

Diseases prevented by the core vaccines can cause serious injury or death. In the case of rabies,they are transmissable to humans. (see more).

Senior pet wellness

Our senior pets need a little extra care and attention because they age faster than we do. (see more)

Obesity awareness in pets

More than 50% of dogs and cats are overweight. Along with an oversized physical appearance, obesiety creates an increased risk for some common and serious diseases. (see more)

Diabetes mellitus in your pet

Diabetes mellitus is an endocrine disorder that occurs in dogs and cats. It is characterized by high blood sugar (hyperglycemia) and it is caused by an inability of the pancreas to properly secrete enough insulin into the blood. (see more)