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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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Heartworm Disease

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 the mosquito for development. The […]

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Choosing the best family pet

By Dr. Kathryn Sarpong, DVM Selecting a new pet is an important decision since bringing an animal into your home means providing shelter, food, care, and love. Most cats and dogs have a lifespan of 12-20 years and it is a large commitment to adopt one into your home! Many families with small yards, or […]

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Chocolate and pets don’t mix

By Dr. Kathryn Sarpong, DVM Chocolate is toxic to cats and dogs. As little as an ounce of chocolate per 10 pounds of body weight can be potentially fatal depending on the type of chocolate. Dark chocolates and baking chocolates are more toxic than milk or white chocolate. Symptoms of chocolate toxicity range from mild […]

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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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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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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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