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Taurine in your pet’s diet vital to your animal’s heart health

Certain pet food diets are being linked to heart disease in dogs. Dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) is a severe condition that causes the heart muscle to stretch, resulting in a weak heartbeat.

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Vet News: A curious case of stiffness

Jackie is a one-year old spayed lab mix that recently came into the clinic for a peculiar stiffness.

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What to know if your pet needs anesthesia

A lot of advances have been made in veterinary medicine over the last 10 to 15 years to make anesthesia safer for pets.

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It's time to make your fur family resolutions for 2018

With 2018 upon us comes New Year Resolutions. Now would be a great time to include your fur family in these resolutions and start 2018 off right. Below I will discuss some resolutions that you can do with your fur baby.

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Facing end-of-life decisions for your pet

This month I am going to broach the difficult topic of your pet’s end-of-life and the decisions that need to be made. This is a conversion that some may not be comfortable talking about it.

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Keep your pets safe during the summer

Pets can overheat just as easily if not easier than we can. It is very important to have plenty of water available to your pet during the warm months. There are also several products available to help keep your pet cool. They include cooling mats, chilly vests (ice packs can be inserted in the vest to keep your dog cool), popware reusable water bowls and cooling dog boots. Any of these products would be an excellent way to keep your pet cool during outdoor activity.

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Itchy dog? It may be environmental or food allergies

We have all experienced or know someone who has experienced being kept up at night due to their dog consistently licking and chewing. Some dogs are so itchy they scratch off their skin and fur. But why do some suffer from such intense itching and others don’t scratch at all? The answer may be allergies.

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Leptospirosis: What every dog owner should know

I am sure by now most of you have seen the news of the leptospirosis outbreak in Phoenix. This article is to touch on what leptospirosis is, how it can affect your dog, and what you can do to try and prevent it. Please contact your veterinarian or Bell Rock Veterinary Clinic if you have further questions.

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Happy warm-weather hiking with your dog means being prepared

With the warmer weather of spring nearly upon us, NOW is the time to create or update a first-aid kit for your four-legged hiking buddy. Below is a list of suggested supplies to have ready in case your pet encounters an unexpected adventure with need of care and a veterinarian out of reach.

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New Year's resolutions for you and your 'fur baby'

Now would be the perfect time to include your furry family in these New Year resolutions and start 2017 off on the right foot -- or paw. Here are some resolutions you can do with your fur baby.

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Preparing yourself for your pet’s final journey

For most of us, our pets are more than just furry companions, they are our best friends, our confidants and our “kids”. The connection and bond we share with them is incredibly strong. No one ever wants to consider the short life span of a pet when you are bringing home that cute kitten or puppy.