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Where do heartworms come from?

By Dr. Kathryn Sarpong, DVM Where do heartworms come from? Heartworms are spread by mosquitoes. When a mosquito feeds on an animal, larval forms of heartworms are injected into the animal. Can my pet catch heartworms from another heartworm positive animal? Not directly. The life cycle of the heartworm parasite requires that it pass through […]

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Why microchip?

It doesn’t take more than a second – a door left open while you bring in the groceries, a child running through the gate leaving it unlatched, or a neighbor at your door – and your pet is gone. Some pets don’t get far, others do find their way home, but for the millions of […]

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Recognizing illness in your family pet

By Kathryn Sarpong, DVM Discovering your pet is ill early and getting appropriate treatment can lead to a better outcome and longer life.  But how do you know your pet is ill versus just having an off day?  Pets are individuals and what seems serious in one animal may be normal for another.  No one […]

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Cold weather hazards

By Dr. Kathryn Sarpong, DVM Each season brings special hazards and concerns for family pets.  Even in Texas, winter’s biggest threat is the low temperatures.  Make certain to provide shelter to your pets from the cold and rainy weather.  Some breeds of dogs tolerate the cold weather better than others.  Generally, dogs with thick or […]

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What to do with your new puppy

1. Committment – Involve all family members in the care of your new puppy. Consider assignments for feeding, bathing, walking, etc. Caring for a puppy is huge responsibility and everyone should be involved. Puppies require a lot of attention and love. 2. Equipment – Make sure that your puppy has all the necessary equipment to […]

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Feline nutrition

Did you know that the dry cat food you are feeding your cat is likely 35-50% carbohydrates?  Cats, however, were designed to be strictly carnivores. Any idea how many carbs are in a mouse?  About 3-5%. The huge descrepancy in what nature intended our cats to eat and what we feed them has led us […]

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What is separation anxiety in dogs?

By Dr. Kathryn Sarpong, DVM Some dogs with too much unused energy and a highly developed bond to their families can develop destructive tendencies or excessive barking when left alone.  This can include destroying items in the house, scratching at doors or windows, destroying blinds, barking continuously, or having accidents in the house.   Certain breeds […]

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Will that dog bite?

by Dr. Kathryn Sarpong, DVM Dog bites are a concern for dog owners, parents of young children, and anyone that comes into contact with dogs.  According to the Center for Disease Control, more than 4 million people are bitten by dogs each year and more than 30,000 people may require surgery for bite wounds. Most […]

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