• Dr. Debra Primovic General Practice and Preventative Medicine THE RECHECK EXAM Delaying or not having a recheck exam can hurt your dog. A recheck examination is an appointment that allows your veterinarian to assess the progress and follow-up on your dog’s disease or problem. Maybe you are thinking you can skip it because your dog is doing better? Even if your dog physically looks and [...]

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    Dr. Doug Brum General Practice and Preventative Medicine UNDERSTANDING THE FLEA For millions of pets and people, the tiny flea is a remorseless enemy. The flea is a small, brown, wingless insect that uses specialized mouthparts to pierce the skin and siphon blood. When a flea bites your dog, it injects a small amount of saliva into the skin to prevent blood coagulation. Some animals may [...]

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    Dr. Debra Primovic General Practice & Preventative Medicine - Theriogenology OVERVIEW Pregnancy is the period of gestation when the young are developing in the mother’s uterus. Normal gestation in dogs is 58 to 68 days (the average is 63 days). The litter size in dogs varies from one puppy to more than 17 in some giant breed dogs. Litter sizes are often smaller in young and old [...]

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    WORMS Most people are aware that their pets have worms, but just what are these worms, where do they get them and how do you get rid of them? When pet owners talk about worms, they are really talking about all gastrointestinal parasites. And there are several gastrointestinal parasites that commonly affect our dogs and cats. ROUNDWORMS Roundworms are visible in your puppy’s stool or vomit. [...]

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    OVERVIEW Obesity is defined as the excessive accumulation of body fat. Between 25 and 40 percent of dogs are considered obese or are likely to become obese. It is the most common nutrition-related health condition in dogs in our society. The primary causes of obesity are overeating and lack of exercise. When regular caloric intake exceeds the energy burned, the excess is stored as fat. As [...]

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    BE PREPARED Giving birth can be a frightening, confusing and painful experience for both the dog and the owner. Knowing and understanding normal labor and delivery, as well as proper pregnancy care, can help make the process go more smoothly and help you know what is normal and when it is time to get the veterinarian involved. GESTATION In the bitch, a female dog, gestation lasts 63 days. [...]

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    A GUIDE TO GROOMING Although it's often overlooked, grooming is an important part of your dog’s health program. Routine brushing and combing removes dead hair and dirt and prevents matting. Because it stimulates the blood supply to the skin, grooming also gives your pet a healthier and shinier coat. WHEN TO START Start regular grooming when you first bring your dog home and make it a part of [...]

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    WHAT SHOULD YOU FEED? Your dog knows that what’s on your plate is infinitely better than what he’s eating at the moment – and you may be tempted to prove it by giving him some. Before you do, remember that good nutrition and a balanced diet are essential elements for good health in a dog. And that means watching your canine’s caloric intake carefully. Your dog needs plenty of fresh [...]

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    DAILY EXERCISE RECOMMENDED Exercise is as important for your dog as it is for you. Young dogs and healthy adults alike need lots of it, and even senior pets need a regular daily workout to maintain their health. The type of exercise you choose depends on the age and fitness of your dog and your own lifestyle. Dogs are adaptable and are happy to play Frisbee in the park or take long walks in the [...]

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