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Xylitol- The Artificial Sweetner that is Toxic to Pets
Chewing gum and other products containing the artificial sweetner xylitol can be toxic for your pet. Sugar-free gum is the most common item, but xylitol can also be found in jam, syrups, candy, chocolate, mints and many dental products such as toothpaste (why you should not use human toothpaste on your dog). Wikipedia How Much
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Castration in Cats
Castration is the surgical removal of the testicles. Kittens as young as 12 weeks of age can be neutered. Advantages of castration consist of reducing the unwanted kitten population and elimination of the behavioral problems associated with intact male cats. Male cats, under the influence of testosterone, develop behavior characteristics that are a detriment to
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Neutering (castration) of Dogs
Neutering or castration is the surgical removal of a male dog’s testicles. The parts that are removed are the parts that are needed for reproduction. Advantages The primary advantage is sterilization. This helps with population control, prevents spreading of disease and helps reduce roaming, aggression, and dominance (because castration removes the source of testosterone production).
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Ovariohysterectomies in Dogs (Spay)
Ovariohysterectomies in dogs is a surgery that involves removing the uterus and ovaries. This procedure can be performed in puppies as young as 12 weeks. Although this surgery is sometimes considered a “routine surgery”, it is in fact a major surgery requiring general anesthesia and sterile operating techniques. Usually the reason for surgery is to
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Allergy Testing
What is causing your dog to itch? “Itchiness” in dogs is commonly caused by allergies. People with allergies usually have symptoms of watery eyes and a runny nose. But dogs with allergies display different symptoms- they itch. Dogs with allergies will scratch and chew and /or lick above their tail, sides, thighs, groin and feet.
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Dental Digital Radiography
Dental radiography is very different from the xrays that we use for the rest of the body. Our digital system is a high end intra-oral technology your dentist might use. Only with extremely high resolution, dental sensors, can we look at each tooth or area with precision and accuracy. A ‘regular’ xray shot will not
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