Dog Flu: Know the Signs

Flu Season As we prepare for this year’s flu season, it is important to know that your dog is susceptible to his own strain of the flu. While most cases are not fatal, the canine influenza virus can make your pup uncomfortably sick, causing him a lot of stress and time spent at the vet’s office. If…  
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Heartworms: Prevention is Best

For less than a weekly cup of coffee at Starbucks, you can prevent heartworms in your pet. Heartworm disease is a serious and potentially fatal condition caused by parasitic worms living in the arteries of the lungs and occasionally in the right side of the heart of dogs, cats, and other species of mammals. Heartworms…  
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Pet Poison Prevention

Did you know that most calls to pet poison hotlines involve dogs? We all know the obvious hazards to our pets, but did you know that everyday household substances can be most harmful? For more than 50 years and since its inception by Congress in 1961, the third week in March has been designated as…  
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Treatment for Paw Pad Burns

Today is the first day of summer and with summer comes hot temperatures. Did you know that in addition to making sure that your dogs and cats are staying hydrated and cool, it’s essential to look out for paw pad burns on your dog or cat whenever your pet is outside? While your dog still…  
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6 Tips to Avoid Heat Related Pet Problems

As warmer, humid summertime temperatures approach, it’s important to remember that dogs are vulnerable to injuries and illnesses related to hot weather including heat stroke, sunburn, and foot pad burns. It is a good idea to reacquaint yourself with proper precautions that can be taken as the temperature rises. It seems like common sense, but…  
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Lyme on the Rise in PA

Lyme Disease Did you know that Pennsylvania leads the nation in Lyme Disease cases? If that isn’t scary enough, scientists believe that this year could be one of the worst. They are predicting a surge in the number of Lyme-carrying ticks beginning in April and lasting into early summer.  But that is only one part…  
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National Heartworm Awareness Month

The American Heartworm Society (AHS), whose mission it is to lead the Veterinary Profession & the Public in the understanding of Heartworm disease, recommends annual heartworm testing and year-round heartworm prevention for five reasons: More than a million pets in the U.S. have heartworm disease. Heartworm disease has been diagnosed in all 50 states. Both…  
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Invasive Species: 6 Ways to Help

Did you know that February 27 – March 3 is National Invasive Species Awareness Week? If you are like me, you might be thinking, “What is an invasive species?” An “invasive species” is defined as a species that is: 1) non-native (or alien) to the ecosystem under consideration and 2) whose introduction causes or is likely…  
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Importance of Pet Dental Care

Did you know that pet dental care is not just about teeth? Although dental care for your pets may seem like a cosmetic issue, when your pet has red gums, yellow teeth, and stinky breath, it could be a sign of dental disease. February is Pet Dental Health Month, and Braxton’s is marking the occasion…  
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Protect Your Pet from the Heat

Did you know that May 23rd was National Heat Awareness Day? Because North American summers are hot, the National Weather Service (NWS) wants you to be aware of the dangers of heat. According to the NWS, “Each year, dozens of children and untold numbers of pets left in parked vehicles die from hyperthermia. Hyperthermia is…  
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