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Inguinal Hernias
A hernia in dogs is a weakness or opening within a muscle that allows other tissues to pass through an opening in the muscle and rest just below the surface of the skin. A hernia can have very serious complications. Find out more about symptoms and treatment.
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Tips for a Safe Halloween for Mt. Shasta Pets
Halloween comes with a few potential dangers that can impact pets if they aren’t prepared ahead of time. If you want to dress up your pet and/or bring him or her along for the festivities, we have a few tips.
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Addison's Disease In Dogs
What exactly is Addison's disease? Find out more about the symptoms and diagnostic tests here.
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Cranial Cruciate Ligament Injuries
Damage to the CCL is a common injury and it often doesn’t take too much considering the size of this ligament. If some of those fibers are torn, it is called a ligamental tear. If the entire ligament is torn, it is a rupture. Find out more about this condition.
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Senior Pet Wellness
Our pets can't stay young forever. Learn what you can do to keep your senior pet happy and healthy.
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Adult Pet Wellness
Most people get puppies and kittens regular veterinary care but adult pets need preventive wellness care, too. Find out what you need to be doing for the health of your adult pet.
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Puppy/Kitten Wellness Care
Here is what you need to know to give your puppy or kitten the best wellness care in the first year of its life.
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Symptoms of Food Allergies
Sometimes it is hard to know what could be wrong with our animal friends. Pet food allergies are common and fairly straightforward to deal with; you just need to know what to look for.
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Misconceptions About Pet Food Allergies
Balanced nutrition plays a very important role in keeping our pets healthy. In fact, there aren’t many things that owners do on a daily basis that have a greater influence on their pets' well-being. Pet food allergies are common but there are some misconceptions floating around out there. Take a look at the misconceptions and the truths below.
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How To Read A Pet Food Label
There is an overwhelming number of pet foods in stores, so, how do you know which one is right for your pet? It can be confusing. Learning how to read the pet food labels is a good place to start.
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Canine Parvovirus (Parvo)
Get the basic facts about canine parvovirus (parvo) vaccinations for dogs in Mt Shasta
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Kennel Cough
Get the basic facts about Bordatella (kennel cough) vaccinations for companion animals in Mt Shasta
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Leptospirosis
Get the basic facts about leptospirosis vaccinations for dogs in Mt Shasta.
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Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV)
Get the basic facts about Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV) for cats in Mt Shasta
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Rabies
Get the basic facts about rabies vaccinations for companion animals in Mt Shasta
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Do-It-Yourself Pet Vaccination - Not Worth The Risks
Proper vaccination against preventable disease is one of the most responsible ways of caring for your pet but vaccinating at home can have some problems. Find out more.
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Vaccines - Benefits vs Risks
Your veterinarian is always talking about the importance of vaccinating your pet. But what exactly are vaccines and what are the associated benefits and risks?
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Pet Wellness Exams - What Are They?
Comprehensive physical wellness exams are the backbone of your pet’s wellness program. Veterinarians recommend regular wellness exams for the same reason your physician and dentist recommend them – if you can detect a problem in its early stages, it's more likely to be treated and resolved with less expense, less difficulty and better success. Find out what happens during a wellness exam.
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Annual Wellness Exams (video)
Mount Shasta Animal Hospital recommends regular wellness exams for the same reason your physician and dentist recommend them – if you can detect a problem in its early stages, it's more likely to be treated and resolved with less expense, less difficulty and better success.
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Roundworm
The most common parasitic worm is Roundworms (Toxocara canis). Almost all dogs become infected with them at some time in their lives. Roundworm can be passed to humans. Find out more about this parasitic worm.
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Hiking With Your Dogs in Mt Shasta and the Surrounding Areas
Mt Shasta is beautiful for hiking and what is more fun than hiking with your best friend? We want to make sure that you are totally prepared when you bring your dog with you on your hiking trip to make sure all of you stay happy and healthy when traveling or hiking outdoors.
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Tick-borne Illness - Lyme Disease
Lyme disease is one of the many diseases that ticks can transmit to pets and humans. Know the signs to look for and how to prevent it.
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Heatstroke - What to watch for in Mt Shasta
Heatstroke is a life-threatening condition that requires immediate medical attention. Read more about the symptoms and treatment of heatstroke in pets.
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Flea Allergy Dermatitis - What Mt Shasta Pet Owners Need To Know
Fleas are everywhere in Mt Shasta and one flea bite can cause terrible itching in a pet who is flea allergic. Pets who are flea allergic are allergic to the flea’s saliva. This allergy causes dermatitis when they are bitten by a flea. Find out more about symptoms and treatment.
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How To Remove a Tick
If you find a tick on your pet, here is how to remove it...
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Transmission of Hookworm and Whipworm
Find out how Mt Shasta pets get infected with hookworm and whipworm... and how to prevent them.
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Ear Mites in Cats
We talk a lot about parasites like heartworm and fleas but what about mites? Ear mites are parasites that can be easily prevented, especially in cats. So, let’s find out more about ear mites…
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Heartworm Incidence Maps - What Is the Risk For Mt Shasta?
Where does Mt Shasta fall on the heartworm incidence maps? What is the risk for Mt Shasta pets? Find out...
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Canine Flu Information for Mt. Shasta Dog Owners
Though there has been no mention of cases of canine flu here in Mt. Shasta or the surrounding areas, we want to make sure your questions get answered.
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The Basics of Heartworm Disease
Heartworm disease is a potentially fatal parasitic infection that occurs in our dog and cat companions. Heartworms are transmitted through the bite of an infected mosquito.
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April Is Heartworm Awareness Month
Even though April is Heartworm Awareness Month, you will hear us say that your pet needs to be on a heartworm preventive all year long. Remember these words: Heartworm is Preventable, as you read about heartworm disease and why it is such a threat to your pet’s good health.
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Pet Teeth Brushing
You hear it all the time: pets need their teeth brushed. You may think you don’t have time or you might not want to because you think it could be difficult. You might even think it is silly. But the fact remains that tooth brushing is the best home care you can provide to prevent periodontal disease in your pet.
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Anesthesia-Free Dental Cleanings Are Dangerous
An anesthesia-free dental cleaning scales tartar from the crowns of the teeth but teeth are not polished after leaving the surfaces of your pet’s teeth with grooves and a rough surface prime for the adherence of more bacteria. Find out more...
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What Dogs Should Avoid Chewing
Want to avoid the pet dentist? Keep these items away from your dog's mouth.
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Dental Home Care Product Recommendations
You can use additional home care products as listed below in combination with brushing for better oral home care.
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Puppy Dental Problems
Learn more about dental problems in puppies.
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Luxation and Avulsion - Broken Teeth in Pets
Luxation refers to the dislocation of a tooth from the socket with the tooth is still attached. Avulsion refers to the complete displacement of an entire tooth from the socket. Learn what to do in case of tooth accidents.
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Pet Periodontal Disease
Periodontal disease in dogs and cats is bad, but it doesn’t always mean they have to lose teeth because of it. If caught soon enough, there is a chance that a milder form of treatment could reverse the damage from the disease and protect the tooth.
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Kitten Dental Problems
Learn about dental problems in kittens.
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Signs of Dental Disease
Dental disease is progressive; here we describe and identify the stages of dental disease.
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Holiday Pet Safety
Tips to keep your pets safe during the holidays
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Avoiding Pet Food Allergies
A pet food allergy, just like those in people, can be quite common and easy to manage. Find out more about food allergies in pets...
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From the Doctors: Diabetes Awareness
Diabetes mellitus is a relatively common problem in dogs and cats; it occurs when the pancreas does not produce enough insulin. Find out more about Diabetes in pets in this blog from a guest veterinarian.
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Potty Training Your Dog
All dogs need to learn the rules of the house and learning where to go to the bathroom is one of the most important rules of all. Inside, we share some tips on how to housebreak your new dog.
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How to Keep Coyotes Howling at the Moon, Not at Your Back Door
Whether or not you have spotted a coyote in your backyard, you should still be prepared as they oftentimes surface at night and can appear out of nowhere, even when letting your dog out to use the bathroom before bed.
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What Causes Ear Infections and How to Treat Them
What causes ear infections? Find out what signs to look for and how we treat these very common infections.
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From the Doctors: What You Need to Know about Vaccines
Our Valley Oak Veterinary Center doctors talk about vaccinations this week...
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Creating a Cat Corner at Home
Cats love having their own space to survey their surroundings. Learn how you can create a perfect space for your cats in your home.
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Why Bloating in Dogs is Cause for Serious Concern
Bloat, also called “twisted stomach” or Gastric Dilatation-Volvulus (GDV) in medical terms, can become serious in a matter of hours and should not be attempted to treat at home – seek veterinary care immediately.
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Symptoms of Kennel Cough in Dogs: Why it Shouldn’t be Ignored
Has your dog been coughing or making noises that make you think that he or she is choking on something? Intense coughing is one of the warning signs of kennel cough.
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