Leptospirosis and Your Pet: Know the Risks

When we think of contagious canine diseases, things like canine parvovirus and rabies usually come to mind. Of course, these deadly diseases strike fear in the heart of every owner and are included in the core vaccination series every dog should receive.

Leptospirosis, however, poses a lesser known but just as dangerous threat. Depending on your dog’s exposure to the outdoors, doggie daycare, or boarding kennels, the leptospirosis vaccine may be just as important as the core vaccines. Take a moment to learn more about leptospirosis and what may be needed to protect your pet.

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A Growing Concern: Pet Obesity

Slipping your sweet pet a morsel of whatever you’re eating or offering a liberal amount from their treat jar is a daily occurrence for many of us. After all, nothing makes our furry friends happier than food, right? But when your pet gets too much of a good thing, the pounds can creep on, and this affects their health. If you can prevent pet obesity and keep them at an ideal weight, they have a better chance at a longer and healthier life.

Pet obesity is quickly becoming a major problem for our nation’s dogs and cats – studies show that over 50% of pets in the US are either overweight or obese. What’s more, as many as 95% of pet owners with overweight pets perceive their pet as falling within a healthy weight range. This disconnect is concerning and shows the veterinary community that we need to do a better job in educating pet owners about identifying and preventing pet obesity.

Fortunately pet obesity is recognizable and preventable, and we may even be able to reverse the condition. To that end, Advantage Veterinary Center gives you our best tips on pet obesity and nutrition.

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Hide the Chocolate, Prevent a Pet Poisoning

Chocolate toxicity can occur at any time, but pets may really find themselves in trouble this time of year. Even a small amount of chocolate disguised in a brightly-colored foil wrapper can pose a significant threat to your pet’s health. Your best defense is to simply remove the opportunity, but, unfortunately, a pet poisoning can happen when you least expect it.

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Advantage Veterinary Center Looks Back: Our Best Pet Care Blogs of 2018

This time of year, it’s worthwhile to reflect on the accomplishments and setbacks of the previous 12 months. We do this in part to better understand the passing of time, but it’s also enormously helpful when setting goals for the coming year.

So, the team at Advantage Veterinary Center wants to have our sentimental cake and eat it, too! By highlighting our best blogs of 2018, we not only gain a better understanding of the moments that highlighted our year, it also provides insight into what our readers want to know more about.

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Merry and Bright: Holiday Pet Safety

With the holiday season in full swing, you may be wondering how to enjoy all the decorations, food, and parties with your pets. After all, studies show a full 70% of us view our pets as members of the family, and it stands to reason we would want to include them in the festivities. But sometimes the holiday hustle and bustle can leave room for a holiday pet accident or emergency, which is the last thing any of us want.

So, let’s talk about some holiday pet safety tips that will keep your season merry and bright.

Flawed Feasts

Whatever winter holiday you celebrate is certain to be filled with delicious foods that make our mouths water. You can bet your pets’ mouths are watering, too. But it’s important to keep them safe around holiday foods.

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Veterinary Hospital Lobby Etiquette and Safety

Veterinary Hospital Lobby Etiquette is important when taking your pet to the vet

A veterinary hospital lobby is a busy place! It can be fun to see the different animals, chat with other pet owners, and catch up with your reading or work. But the ever changing environment and all the comings and goings can also provide a space for problems to escalate rapidly.

We want all our patients to be safe, and to feel less stress when coming for their veterinary visit. With that in mind, Advantage Veterinary Center is passing along some best practices for veterinary hospital lobby etiquette and safety. With a little knowledge and preparation, we can make your pet’s and other pet’s visits more enjoyable and less stressful.

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Lending a Paw: How Service Animals Help People Thrive

Service animals are usually working dogs that help peopleMost animal lovers know a story or two about an amazing pet who risked their life to help save their human owner or other family member. Even the most “average” pet seems to have super powers when it comes to cheering us up and making us feel better.

Service animals take this idea to the next level as they work alongside their handlers to maintain their independence and to provide safety and companionship. Keep reading to learn more about these inspiring animals and their jobs. Continue…

The Magic Wand: How Laser Therapy Can Transform Your Pet

Pet laser therapy can help with pet pain and post veterinary surgery healing. Pain is a part of life, but when it starts to take over quality of life, it’s time to kick it to the curb. While there is a place for medication when it comes to mitigating pain, there is a powerful alternative for pets coping with wounds, arthritis, and the healing process following surgery. Laser therapy, an FDA-approved modality, is on the cutting edge of veterinary medicine, and helps us deliver the highest care possible to our patients struggling with certain health issues.

Safe and Incredibly Sound

Laser therapy employs a cold laser as opposed to surgical laser designed to cut. The light emanating from the laser has been found to have therapeutic qualities for over 40 years. The light energy is passed from a handheld probe in the form of photons to the area of focus on a pet’s body. This safe procedure uses light energy to help cells produce and function the way they should, and: Continue…

Decoding Pet Urinary Problems

Most pet urinary problems need to be treated by a veterinarian near me.Almost nothing is more frustrating than a pet who is urinating in an inappropriate place. Not all issues related to the urinary tract are created, equal, though. Advantage Veterinary Center wants to shed a little light on decoding pet urinary problems for our fed up pet owners.

Sometimes There’s a Medical Issue

Pet urinary problems may present in several ways. There may be increased or decreased frequency of urination, straining to urinate, blood in the urine, loss of housetraining, or urinating in inappropriate areas. The hard part lies in the fact that no matter the underlying cause of the issue, the symptoms often appear similarly.

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The Heartbreak of Heartworm Disease

Heartworm disease can be devastating. Talk to your veterinarian about heartworm preventives.Mosquitos are arguably one of the most reviled insects on Earth. Besides causing their annoying buzzing and painful, itchy bites, mosquitoes are responsible for spreading some of the most damaging and deadly vector-borne diseases to both people and animals.

Heartworm disease is one of the worst illnesses our pets can contract from mosquitoes, and regular screening, along with year-round prevention, is the best way to protect them.

Understanding Heartworm Disease

Heartworm disease is caused by a parasite, Dirofilaria immitis, which is transmitted by mosquitoes. A mosquito picks up the parasite in its microscopic stage by feeding on an infected animal, such as a dog, coyote, raccoon, or opossum, and can pass it along to a different animal during a subsequent feeding. Continue…