Dental Cleanings “Periodontal disease is the most common clinical condition occurring in adult dogs and cats. By 3 years of age most dogs and cats have some evidence of periodontal disease” 1 Plaque is a soft, sticky, whitish mat-like film attached to the tooth surface that is formed by colonization of bacteria. Tooth brushing every…

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Cat and Dog eating and drinking Santa's cookies and milk. How to protect your pets from holiday hazards.

The holidays are often a time of coming together with friends and family to celebrate. Keeping your pets safe during the holiday season can be challenging with extra busy schedules and changing routines. The holidays usually increase the accessibility to “Human” food and drinks that may be hazardous to your pets. Did you know that in addition…

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Did you realize that 62% of dogs between 8 and 13 years of age have arthritis?  And that 20% of all cats have x-ray evidence of arthritis?  Some orthopedists believe that  osteoarthritis disease (OAD) in dogs is caused by an anatomical defect that places abnormal stress on the joints.   Wear and tear arthritis tends…

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In order to help promote awareness to Heartworm disease, here are some interesting facts: It only takes one bite from an infected mosquito to spread heartworm disease. Heartworm disease is a serious and potentially fatal disease in pets in the United States and many other parts of the world. It is caused by foot-long worms…

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Vets in Springfield know ticks are becoming an increasingly worrisome problem as average temperatures rise yearly and as white tail deer population increase. The lack of a really cold winter means that ticks do not die off completely as they otherwise would during prolonged freezing temperatures. Ticks are usually in wooded areas or un-kept grassy…

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