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  • Probiotics for Pets

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    You’ve heard of antibiotics—these medicines destroy or stop the growth of harmful microorganisms in both human and animal patients. You may not be familiar with probiotics, though! Although probiotics have been commonplace in human medicine for a while now, the use of probiotics for our furry friends is still a relatively new pursuit. Read on to find out more. What Exactly Are Probiotics? A probiotic is a beneficial microbe—a bacteria or yeast—that lives in a … Read More »

  • Hot Weather Health Tips for Your Dog or Cat

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    Summer is in full swing—now more than ever, it’s important to keep your furry friend’s health in mind. After all, most of our pets are wearing a thick fur coat that they can’t remove! In this article from River Valley Veterinary Hospital, serving the Fox Chapel, PA area, you’ll learn how to effectively keep your pet safe during hot weather. Don’t Linger Outdoors Rule number one for summer: don’t allow your pet to stay outdoors … Read More »

  • Your Puppy’s Vaccines

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    Have you recently adopted a puppy? Considering bringing one home in the near future? Vaccination will be one of the most important steps you’ll take to provide your new addition with a lifetime of good health. A Fox Chapel, PA veterinarian goes over the basics below. How Do Vaccines Help My Puppy? Vaccines introduce a tiny, virtually harmless strain of a disease or virus to your puppy’s immune system. Your dog’s system responds by developing … Read More »

  • Dealing With Your Cat’s Dull Coat

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    Cats are excellent self-groomers. They spend hours cleaning themselves in order to look their best! With that being said, it’s not uncommon for our feline friends to experience dull coats every now and then. Here’s what to do if you think your cat’s coat of fur is looking a little lackluster: See Your Veterinarian The first thing you should do when you suspect your cat of an unhealthy coat is set up an appointment at … Read More »

  • Getting Fido Ready for Summer

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    Summer is on the way! Many of our canine buddies love spending time outdoors in warm weather. Watching Fido running and playing on a sunny afternoon can be lots of fun! Read on for some great tips on keeping your pup happy and healthy this summer. Preventative Care If you like to take Fido out and about with you, or enjoy taking your pup to dog parks, get a doggy kit ready for your car. … Read More »

  • Spotlight on the Sphynx Cat

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    The Sphynx cat, with its hairless body, large ears, and wide eyes, is certainly one of the most unique feline breeds to be found anywhere. These distinctive animals also make wonderful pets—what’s not to love? Learn more about the Sphynx cat’s history, personality, and care requirements below. Origins Although there are records of hairless cats as far back as the early 1900s, the origins of the modern Sphynx cat date to 1966. It was then … Read More »

  • Considering Pet Insurance

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    You have insurance for your home, your car, your health… did you know that there is also insurance available for your pet? In this article, you’ll learn about some of the basics of pet insurance, helping you to decide if purchasing a plan is a good idea for you and your beloved companion. Why Get Pet Insurance? The benefit of pet insurance is the same as any other type of insurance: if something happens that … Read More »

  • Cute Tricks to Play on Your Dog

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    Did you play any April Fools’ Day jokes on your dog this month? While you don’t want to go overboard when pranking Fido, it can also be fun to play a little joke on your four-legged friend now and then. In this article, a local vet lists some pranks that you can play on Fido. Turn Your Phone Alarm Into A Meow You probably won’t be able to resist giggling as Fido tries to figure … Read More »

  • Tips for Teaching Your Cat Not to Bite

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    Watching a cat play can be very cute and fun. Our feline friends are definitely quite frisky! Fluffy’s idea of play doesn’t always sync up with ours, however. Cats are predators, and play fighting stimulates their natural hunting instincts. This often translates into kitties that equate biting with fun! If your kitty has a habit of chomping on you when she’s feeling frisky, you’ll want to take steps to correct her behavior. After all, those … Read More »

  • If Pets Had Thumbs

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    Did you know that March 3rd is If Pets Had Thumbs Day? If not, you probably aren’t alone! This may not be a very well-known holiday, but it certainly is a fun one. What do you think would happen if our furry friends had opposable thumbs? In this article, a local vet offers a few educated guesses. Food We’re pretty sure that, if Fido and Fluffy had thumbs, they would waste no time figuring out … Read More »

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