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Bloat in Dogs

Chyrle Bonk, DVM

Bloat in Dogs

If you have a large breed dog, there’s no doubt that you’ve heard something about bloat. No, it’s not what you feel after Thanksgiving dinner. Rather it’s an extremely dangerous condition that if not treated immediately can lead to permanent organ damage and even death. Sorry to scare you, but read on and you’ll better understand the importance of recognizing bloat early on, as well as what you can do to help ensure your pup never has to go through it. What is Bloat? Bloat is an umbrella term for two different disorders of your dog’s stomach: gastric dilatation and...

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Pray for Australia

Britney Sayers

Pray for Australia

I'm sure by now, almost all of us are aware of the horrific bushfires that have devastated Australia, its inhabitants, landscape, and infrastructure. Over a quarter of the country is currently on fire. Approximately half a billion native animals have perished - and the hottest summer is yet to come. The firefighters, victims, and animals need our help. If you want to help, the best way is to make a monetary donation - this allows families to buy the things they need, and it supports local businesses that have been impacted. If every one of our followers gave even just...

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Holiday Food is For Two

Chyrle Bonk, DVM

Holiday Food is For Two

Holiday Food is For Two-Legged Guests Only I know I’m not the only one that hangs stockings for my furry family every year. I also know that I’m not the only one that gets puppy pictures with Santa. My canine companions are a big part of my holiday celebration, but I draw the line at sharing my holiday feast with them. Why? It’s not because I don’t have enough napkins to set them a place at the table, it’s because holiday foods can be harmful to our best friends. Malicious Meat Turkey, ham, prime rib, or Cornish hen, whatever meat...

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Three Questions Every Dog Owner Should Ask Their Vet

Chyrle Bonk, DVM

Three Questions Every Dog Owner Should Ask Their Vet

 Whether it’s your first dog or your 21st, most dog parents have a lot of questions. Everyone just wants to do the best that they can when caring for their best friend and veterinarians are here to help you on that journey. “There’s no such thing as a bad question” rings true in veterinary medicine, so don’t be afraid to ask. However, if you’re having a hard time knowing where to start, especially if being a dog parent is new territory, we’ll outline some important questions that you will want to ask and the reasons why that question could...

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The Dangers of Over-Vaccinating Your Dog

Britney Sayers

The Dangers of Over-Vaccinating Your Dog

The Dangers of Over-Vaccinating Your Dog Making sure that your pup gets adequate veterinary care is super important, but a lot of pet owners don’t really know that over-vaccination can be pretty dangerous.  We all know the importance of vaccinations for diseases such as rabies, parvovirus, and distemper.  While these are definitely essential vaccines for your dog, vaccinating them more often than necessary can be pretty dangerous. The problem is that more often than not, veterinarians do not adequately educate their clients on these dangers.  This is why you must be proactive when it comes to your dog’s veterinary care...

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