Does my pet really need a dental cleaning?

Yes, your pet does, at least once a year. Your dog or cat NEVER brushes their teeth (unless you do brush your pet’s teeth, and if you do, hats off to you!) and tartar and plaque build up rather quickly. Just like with human teeth, this build up of tartar and plaque can cause gum disease. Gum disease can cause periodontal disease and bone loss. Soon after, teeth will just fall out and overwhelming infection will be in the mouth. Think about this, if you NEVER brushed your teeth for a year, do you think a dental cleaning would be
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What does it mean to have a Standard of Care?

It means the hospital is responsible to provide a level of care that meets or exceeds a standard established by the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA.) AAHA is the only companion animal exclusive organization to accredit veterinary practices. In order to become accredited, the hospital must undergo regular comprehensive evaluations by AAHA veterinary experts who evaluate the practice on approximately 900 standards of veterinary care. The practice and the veterinarians that successfully achieve this standard of care maintain their facilities and medical care with the highest standards of excellence. This is not an easy task. AAHA accredited practices continually train
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Do I need pet insurance for my pet?

Absolutely! I compare pet insurance to car insurance…they are very much the same in concept. Your car insurance does not cover your routine oil change and maintenance but it does cover a fender bender or a major accident. Pet insurance is the same. It does not cover routine care like vaccines and heartworm prevention but it will cover if your pet gets sick or has an emergency. When you purchase pet insurance it is best to obtain it BEFORE your pet has any medical conditions so pets that are very young are best candidates. This is not to say that
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What are the most dangerous items in my house for my pets?

Question: What are the most dangerous items in my house for my pets? Answer: Your house is filled with many lurking dangers. Most are those that can be eaten by your pets. Chocolate is the first offender. Chocolate can cause vomiting and diarrhea but when large amounts are ingested it causes a life threatening heart condition. The most dangerous chocolate is dark chocolate or bakers chocolate. The second danger is sugar free chewing gum. This gum contains xylitol, just 1 piece of chewing gum can cause death in a medium sized dog! Xylitol competes with your pet’s real sugar in his/her body and causes liver
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