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8 Facts About Flea and Tick Prevention at Home

As the weather heats up, we become more aware of fleas and ticks. Most of us know how important it is to protect ourselves and our furry friends from these dastardly devils, but here are 8 facts about parasites you might not be aware of. Fact #1: Fleas and Ticks Spread Disease Fleas and ticks

How to Keep Fleas and Ticks Off Your Pet – and Why You Should

Fleas and ticks are more than just an itchy nuisance. Left untreated, these pests can actually make your pet sick and even endanger his life. For example, fleas can cause anemia and tapeworms, as well as flea allergy dermatitis, a serious skin condition that leads to severe itching and scratching, hair loss and potential infections.

Benefits of Walking Your Dog and Why Fido Needs One

Having furry friends is a lot of fun, but it’s also a lot of responsibility. If you’re a dog owner and you're looking for ways to improve your fur-baby’s health (both mental and physical), taking daily walks is a great way to tune up your relationship, learn new things, and bond with that special canine

A Treat-Free Festive Season Can Help Reduce Your Dog’s Pancreatitis Risk

With Christmas and New Year just a few days away, you’re probably planning your festive season down to the last detail. And whether you’re going away or staying home, if your pets are going to celebrate with you, it’s essential that you plan their menu as carefully as your own. Pancreatitis in dogs is a

Managing Obesity in Pets

By Dr. Laura Gaylord, DVM. With approximately 52.7% of US dogs categorized as overweight or obese, and 57.9% of US cats, pet obesity is a problem across the nation. Remarkably, most pet owners don't seem to be aware of the problem, according to new research produced by the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention (APOP), 2014.   Most pet owners think their

The Scoop on Poop: Why Fecal Samples are Important

So you’re on the phone scheduling your furbaby’s wellness visit at the vet, and the receptionist on the other end of the line gives you a homework assignment: bring in a fecal sample from your pet to your appointment. So what now? At Harmony Animal Hospital, we place great importance on the comfort and health

What’s My Pet’s Risk for Rabies…REALLY?

In 2014, there were 352 cases of rabies in the state of North Carolina including numerous cases in dogs and cats, which is why rabies vaccination is so important. At the end of July, a 93-year-old Raleigh man was attacked by a rabid fox. This was the second reported case of rabid wild animals attacking

6 Potential Causes of Skin Problems in Cats

Your cat’s skin is actually an organ, and it’s one of the largest in the cat’s body. It serves a multitude of purposes, including: protecting the other organs and joints, keeping the cat’s body temperature stable, and producing glandular secretions, hair and claws. Most skin problems in cats result in redness and itching of the

6 Vital Facts About Heartworm Prevention

According to the American Heartworm Society, virtually 100 percent of dogs and up to 90 percent of cats exposed to mosquitoes carrying the infective larvae will become heartworm positive. Fortunately, heartworm prevention can help you avoid having to deal with this. Treatment of heartworm disease is not only very expensive, but also very dangerous to