Penelope, a 9-year-old spayed female dachshund, came to Springs Veterinary Care with an extreme case of bad breath. Her owners even dubbed her “Stinky Penelope.” Dr. Amanda Smith examined Penelope, identifying dental disease and bad breath. She graded Penelope’s periodontal disease at 4/4, the most advanced disease, and an indication of advanced gum disease and…

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Dental disease is the No. 1 veterinary diagnosis, but not many pet owners know much about this dangerous affliction. Here’s how periodontal disease forms, why it’s easy to overlook, and how to stay ahead of it. Dental disease: Common and dangerousMost dogs and cats have some evidence of periodontal disease by age 3 – and…

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If you’ve ever done an Internet search for “best dog food” or “best cat food,” you know how many choices there are. Dry, canned, homemade, raw, freeze-dried. And that’s not even considering how many different brands there are. When it comes to giving your pet the best possible diet, your best resource is your Springs…

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We all wish our best furry friends will live forever (or at least as long as we do). However, dogs and cats age more quickly than humans, and by the age of 7, they’re considered middle-aged. When your pet starts to come up on AARP age, their health needs change. But with proper healthcare, diet,…

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Some online purchase fails are funny: a pair of pants that turns out to be doll-sized, a fancy dress that was hand-sewn by someone with little to no sewing skills. But others can have catastrophic results: a flea and tick preventive that isn’t made from the proper ingredients, or that is the wrong dosage. That’s…

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Cats are full of mysterious actions, and for a lot of those actions, there are no explanations (like why do they knock glasses off tables? That one is still a head-scratcher.) Other funny quirks, however, have perfectly reasonable explanations. Here’s why your cat sits in small boxes, kneads, goes crazy for catnip and that all-important…

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Whether your area is prone to hurricanes, tornadoes, wildfires, volcanic eruptions, or floods, you likely already have a natural disaster plan in place: a family communication plan, a meet-up space, and a supply of bottled water and canned food. But have you considered your pets’ well-being in your plan? After Hurricane Katrina, which devastated the…

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Bindi, a 2.5-year-old female Australian Shepherd, came to us with an elevated third eyelid. Dogs, like many animals, have a nictitating membrane, or third eyelid. This eyelid cleans and moistens the eye, provides antibodies to reduce the chance of infection, and protects the cornea. Normally, a dog’s third eyelid is out of sight while the…

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What better way to enjoy a day at the lake, river, beach, or pool than by bringing your dog with you? But before you leash up Spike and pack his favorite tennis ball, keep a few dog water safety tips in mind: Use proper dog swim attire. Spike doesn’t need goggles and swim trunks, but…

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