Pet Articles

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Ticks at a Glance by Chris Adolph, DVM, MS Tick species and populations vary according to region, ecology, and environmental patterns.* The veterinary team is the first line of defense against the transmission of tick-borne diseases, and education is the best weapon.


Your Pet's Health: Debunking Common Myths If you are a pet owner, your pet is a beloved member of your family. You buy treats and toys and sometimes even costumes to keep your pet happy and an integral part of the family. But, what about your pet's health?


Tips to Help Prepare Yourself and Your Pets for Hurricanes Because evacuation shelters generally don’t accept pets, except for service animals, you must plan ahead to ensure that your family and pets will have a safe place to stay. Don’t wait until disaster strikes to do your above to read full article


Pet Insurance - Something To Consider by Dr. Ray Houk Veterinarians don’t sell pet insurance as this would be a conflict of interest, but they can certainly give some suggestions according to their client’s above to read full article


Pet Obesity by Dr. Ray Houk Today one of the biggest problems seen in our dogs and cats is obesity. In the United States 47% are overweight. Part of this problem is because of their more sedentary lifestyle as well as less supervision in the amount and type of food that is fed to our above to read entire article


Stem Cell Therapy: What is it and how can it benefit your pet? by Dr. Nan Rosenberry You may have recently read about using stem cells in pets. The therapy is known as Regenerative Veterinary Medicine and uses a dog’s own stem cells, obtained from their fat, to improve poorly performing cells in a different location. The stem cells used for this purpose are called “mesenchymal stem cells” and are not “embryonic stem cells” that you may have heard about. The most recent above to read the entire article


Top 5 Household Items Toxic to Cats While dogs account for a large majority of calls to Pet Poison Helpline, almost 9 percent of calls during 2010 were for potentially poisoned cats. Here are the five most frequent feline-related above to read full article


Heartworm Prevention: Is it really necessary? by Dr. Cheryl Adams Heartworms are found in all areas of the United States now, with the highest prevalence along the Gulf Coast, including Florida. Heartworms are spread by infected mosquitoes to dogs and cats. Heartworm disease signs are very different in dogs vs. cats; but both species need preventative medication above to read the entire article


Dogs and Chocolate "Approximately 97 percent of the cases involving chocolate toxicity are associated with dogs," says Dr. Justine Lee, associate director of veterinary services and emergency critical care specialist at Pet Poison Helpline, as “cats have a much more discriminating non-chocolate palate.” above to read entire article


Animal Friendly Shelters in Sarasota County Here is a list of places you can find shelter at in case of an emergency like a hurricane