Parvo Virus on the Rise in and around Philly

Shelters and Veterinarians have seen an increase recently in Canine Parvo virus, a highly contagious viral illness that  affects the lining of the intestinal wall. It can affect dogs of all ages, but it is most common in dogs younger than one year.  The virus is transmitted through direct contact with an infected dog or…  
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Nuisance Barking Around Main Line Philadelphia

Remember the Seinfeld episode where Elaine is at her wits end because she is awakened each night by her neighbor’s barking dog?  After shouting out the window to no avail, she resorts to “removing” the dog in order to get a good night’s sleep. We have all had the unpleasant experience of listening to nuisance…  
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Pearls from Patty: A Homemade Remedy For Dry Skin

A couple of months ago I wrote a blog about dry, flaky skin. I suggested a homemade recipe to help relieve dry skin in your dogs.  One of Braxton’s loyal customers, Patty P., contacted us with a homemade suggestion of her own. Patty recommends placing a cup of regular oatmeal flakes in a nylon knee…  
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Halloween Pet Safety Tips Around Philadelphia

  As you gather your candy and put the finishing touches on your Halloween haunt, it is important to remember your pets.  Halloween is a fun and exciting time for adults and children, but it can be a very stressful and frightening time for your pets. There are some common sense ideas to help keep…  
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A New Leash on Life in the Philadelphia Suburbs

Walking a dog is one of the biggest reasons that owners seek behavior help from professionals.  Recently, my son’s girlfriend adopted a small dog, Ellie.  Like most puppies, Ellie is filled with energy and loves to run around.  She resides in a house located deep in the woods, down a long private lane.  There is…  
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Hiking With Your Dog in Philadelphia and Surrounding Areas

The change of seasons conjures thoughts of classic autumn activities, especially in Philadelphia and its surrounding areas. After living in Houston, Texas, where there are only subtle differences in the seasons, I was happy to return to Pennsylvania and its splendid fall foliage. I truly missed the brilliant displays of gold, scarlet, and orange as…  
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How Do You Become a Vet? Here’s a Simple Guide

Editor’s note: Becoming a veterinarian is a challenging, but rewarding pursuit. Since there are only a handful of vet schools across the country, the hardest part can be finding someone to steer you along the right path. You are not alone! As a way of promoting Braxton’s 2012 Wellness Fair, which will feature a variety…  
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