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The Dangers of Tapeworms and Parasites

Many pet parents believe their dogs are safer from worms and parasites when the weather is cooler outside. The truth is that these hazards exist year-round, especially in mild, humid climates like central North Carolina. Some of these parasites and worms can even threaten your human loved ones.  Luckily, most parasite dangers can be avoided

February 16th, 2017|Dangers for Pets, Dogs|

Caring for Hearing Impaired Canine Companions

Deafness in dogs (and other forms of hearing impairments) are relatively common, and although they can have a pretty big impact on your furry friend, as a pet parent there’s a lot you can do to help your special dog enjoy a healthy and happy life. Here are some tips for caring for your hearing

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

December 6th, 2016|All Posts, Dogs, Obesity|

Dogs with Jobs: How Canine Companions Are Changing Lives

Imagine a dog who could retrieve dropped belongings, turn light switches on and off or even hand packages or checks to a sales associate. Imagine one who works full time in a special education classroom or nursing home, helping engage students and residents in activities. Or even imagine one who can respond to noise alerts such

October 10th, 2016|All Posts, Dogs|

Hairballs in Cats: Is It Normal or Is Something Wrong?

by Dr. Laura Gaylord As veterinarians we see a lot of cats throughout the year for routine wellness visits. A common discussion point during these visits is hairballs: What are they? Where does the hair go if there are no hair balls? When should I be worried? Of course these questions come up because pet parents want

June is “Adopt a Shelter Cat” Month

By Elise Hattingh, DVM The summer forecast at the ASPCA is cats, cats and more cats! Monday, June 1, kicks off Adopt a Shelter Cat Month and marks the height of kitten season, the time of year when felines breed.  This time of year, shelters across the country get a major influx of homeless and

Understanding Seasonal Allergies in Dogs and Cats

When most people think of the term “pet allergy,” they immediately think of humans who are allergic to pet dander. But pets can also develop allergies – to common and not-so-common substances. We’ve written about the causes, symptoms and treatments of seasonal allergies in dogs and cats before, so now, we’ll explore in detail the

The Risks of Summer Heat Stroke for Your Pets

By Dr. Jaime Barta, DVM With summer fast approaching, we will soon be swimming in pools, having backyard picnics and enjoying outdoor sports. When we get too hot, we will be able to take a break and cool off inside in the air conditioning. We need to remember to also think about our furry little