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September 15, 2017

The Truth About Pet Birth Defects | Daily Treat Feature by Dr. Hodge

Dr. Hodge was recently featured on Rover.com as a guest blogger discussing the importance of Pet Birth Defects Awareness. What causes pet birth defects? Most of the causes are unknown. Abnormalities to the mother’s metabolism, trauma or extreme body temperature variations can cause birth defects. Infections and exposure to chemicals or drugs can also cause. Some are more common in certain breed of pets as well, indicating there may be an inherited component. Some of the common defects may be noted at birth or shortly thereafter. Cleft palates, umbilical hernia, inguinal hernia, and limb deformities can be readily visible. Other […]
September 5, 2017

Hurricane Season is Here!

Remember, during a disaster what’s good for you is good for your pet, so get them ready today. If you leave your pets behind, they may be lost, injured – or worse. Never leave a pet chained outdoors. Plan options include: Create a buddy system in case you’re not home. Ask a trusted neighbor to check on your animals. Identify shelters. For public health reasons, many emergency shelters cannot accept pets. Find pet friendly hotels along your evacuation route and keep a list in your pet’s emergency kit. Locate boarding facilities or animal hospitals near your evacuation shelter. Consider an […]
June 2, 2017

Canine Influenza Virus Notice

Chief Veterinary Officer American Kennel Club This notice is being sent out to provide up-to-date and accurate information about the Canine Influenza Virus to help prevent the spread of the virus to healthy (unexposed) dogs. The information provided is not intended to alarm dog owners and handlers. There are recently confirmed cases of the Canine Influenza Virus (H3N2 strain) that was first brought to and identified in Chicago, Illinois in the spring of 2015. The most recent outbreaks concern the following states: Florida, Georgia, and North Carolina. Canine Influenza Virus is an extremely contagious airborne disease that is easily spread […]
November 21, 2016

Why Do Dogs Have Whiskers

This little cutie’s whiskers are hidden under all that fur. But, they are there nonetheless.  Their purpose – sensory organs.  Dog’s whiskers have evolved to detect vibrations, air movement and touch.  These help dogs to be more aware of their surroundings and environment.  Whiskers can also serve as communication devices.  Dogs can move their whiskers forward and backward to signal to other dogs a state of fear, or a strength of confidence. While it is not painful and will not cause a dog distress, we recommend that you do not trim, pluck or remove dog’s whiskers as they serve as […]