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Recent blog posts

Most cats that visit our Hollywood Pet Hospital today are fed a dehydrated form of combined protein, carbohydrate and fat in various shapes and sizes.  Is this the optimum form of nutrition for a cat?  It is my opinion that we have moved away from the optimal form of nutrition for our favorite obligate carnivores. The three main problems with feeding dry cat foods are inappropriate forms of protein, too high a carbohydrate content and too little overall water intake.

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Are you one of those pet owners that can’t resist those big beautiful dog eyes so you slip a little treat in your pet’s mouth?  Well, what you are feeding Fido or Fifi might actually be dog poisoning. Some of the foods we treat our dog with are just seriously dangerous.  Many types of foods you might already be aware of, and others may not be so easy to detect to pet owners.

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Once you begin brushing your dog’s teeth, the difference in the next few weeks will be apparent.  If you do not brush your dog’s teeth, tartar build up can cause cavities and problems, just like in a human’s mouth.  It’s just as important to have good animal health.

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Ear Hematomas are blood blisters, or blood filled sacs that occur on the ears of dogs and cats. They most often are due to the scratching of the ear flap which can cause irritation and swelling of tiny blood vessels which then can leak small amounts of blood into the lining of the ear. Hematomas can develop over a period of time due to a chronic ear infection, or can occur within a matter of hours due to an irritation such as ear mites, allergies, bug bites or stings. Blood blisters look like swollen red blood pockets on the inside of the ear; if your dog develops a swollen ear, contact your trusted Davie Veterinarian for treatment as soon as possible. If left untreated the ear will turn hard and twist up into what many refer to as a cauliflower ear. Once this happens it cannot be repaired and the pet can have chronic problems.

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Each year millions of dogs are euthanized due to overpopulation, there are simply too many dogs and not enough homes.  By neutering your dog you will not be contributing to this huge problem.  Neutering your pet also has many health benefits. If you dog is neutered before six month of age the chance of him getting testicular cancer is virtually eliminated, and the chance of prostate cancer decreases drastically.

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It is important to understand that declawing is not a simple procedure. In fact, it is a major surgery. A declaw should only be done when absolutely necessary, and is not a one size fits all answer for each cat and their owners when it comes to nail related issues. The surgical process for declaws is quite intensive. It is a common misconception that a declaw means the toenail is removed in such a way where it will not grow back. This is incorrect. The surgery entails removing, essentially, the last joint from each toe of your cat. It is important to explore other non-invasive options before choosing the declaw route. This can be discussed with you trusted South Florida Veterinarian. Understand that if you decide to declaw your cat, there are places that encourage you to do so at an optimal age to reduce trauma. The older the cat is, the more painful the healing process will be, and the harder it will be for him to adjust. Some Veterinarian Hospitals, like DPC Veterinarian Hospital, in Davie, FL, encourage you to declaw you cat only as a last resort and before he/she becomes an adult.

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Feral cats are essentially wild cats. They are often born on the streets and have had little to no previous contact with humans. Ft. Lauderdale has a large feral cat population so it's is extremely important for the community to recognize this issue to help prevent the number of cats born in the wild. Spaying and Neutering ferals helps control and minimize the growing population. There are feral Spay and Neuter programs that offer low cost services, like the Feral Program at DPC Veterinary Hospital. DPC encourages the community to trap ferals using humane live traps. They are then spayed or neutered, and ear notched. Ear notching is done so ferals can be identified from a distance as previously trapped and fixed. It is important to understand that these feral felines will never become domesticated pets, and fixing them is an important step in controlling the ever-growing wild cat population. In addition to Spaying and Neutering, they will also receive a rabies vaccine. It is mandatory by law to administer a rabies vaccine to any animal over four months old.

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Allergies can be miserable, as you may know from individual experiences. Unfortunately your pets can also suffer from allergies, as well. The two most common types of allergies are environmental and food related. Environmental allergies are very common in fair skinned breads, and can have harsh effects on the skin.

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Pet overpopulation is a huge ongoing issue in South Florida, as many as 45,000 pets are euthanized in Broward county each year and 65,000 in Dade County.   Most of these animals are puppies and kittens, and many are pure breeds. There are simply not enough homes for all these animals.  This is why spaying and neutering is so important,  it is the only way to stop pet overpopulation .

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Ticks are both miserable for your pet and for your household. They can be hard to deal with if the problem isn’t dealt with immediately. But what is a tick, exactly? They are technically classified in the spider family. They are egg laying creatures that feast on the blood of its host; unfortunately this may be your beloved dog. Because cats are constantly grooming and picking off any and all bugs, they do not tend to have a tick on long enough for it to become an issue. Ticks are known to carry a long list of diseases, including Lyme Disease, Ehrlichiosis, and Anaplasmosis. Without treatment, these diseases can lead to the death of your dog. Your dog can get ticks from simply being outside or in contact with another animal that has them. A major source of ticks comes from mulch.  The good news is preventive medications work very well. It is important to get your preventative medications through a top Florida veterinarian hospital, like DPC Veterinarian Hospital located in Davie, Fl. Buying products from your trusted veterinarian guarantees the quality of your tick prevention products.

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Parvo is a very contagious viral illness that affects unvaccinated puppies and dogs. Unvaccinated dogs are at high risk of picking up the highly contagious virus by coming in contact with feces from an infected dog. Contact with infected dog feces can occur while taking your dog for a walk or going to the park. It is even possible for the owner to unknowingly bring the Parvo virus into their home on their shoes. Puppies may be exposed to the virus if they have been adopted from breeding kennels or shelters. They can also become infected by direct contact with an infected dog.

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Fleas are tiny little wingless insects that unfortunately are everywhere. Florida has that hot and humid climate that fleas love to breed in! Your pet, even if it is an indoor pet, is not safe without preventive medications. Fleas jump from one animal to another, and your animal can pick them up from just a short walk outside. Although fleas are small, they can be very dangerous, that is why DPC Veterinarians and other Florida Veterinarians alike encourage you to learn about the preventive medications that will keep your beloved pets healthy.

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What is heartworm exactly? They are parasitic worms that live in the lungs and heart of an infected animal. It is spread by misquotes through their bites and can potentially be fatal and extremely expensive to treat medically through a veterinary clinic. Taking preventive measures are a great, affordable investment for the well-being of your pet. Part of prevention is preventative medicine, which is available through your local Florida Veterinary Hospital. Below are three tips on Heartworm prevention to keep your pets safe and healthy!

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It’s always best to find the right Animal Health Clinic before you need one, and it’s important for you to be comfortable with the Florida Veterinary Clinic you choose for your pet.

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Just as it is important for humans to have certain vaccinations in life, it is important for your pets as well.  Vaccinations protect dogs and cats from contacting diseases that can sometimes be fatal.  Vaccines for dogs such as parvovirus, distemper, and even lyme disease build up a resistance in the animals immune system in case they are exposed to these viruses.  Cat vaccines like rabies and leukemia build up immunities against dangerous viruses.

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Most likely your pets dental health was not part of your 2012 resolution.  DPC Vet and the American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) are here to help change that because February is National Pet Dental Health Month.  According to the AVMA, “The odor from your pet’s mouth, might signify a serious health risk”.

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DPC Veterinary Hospital in Davie, FL will be participating in the county’s Beat the Heat program for cat spaying and neutering, as well as microchip implantation and vaccinations. During the week of February 21-25th, 2012 the county will be sponsoring a program that will provide a $15 package for cat vaccinations and altering. If you are in the Fort Lauderdale area and have a cat in need of spaying or neutering, please contact the county as soon as possible to reserve your spot. Appointments are made through the county directly but the procedure is done here at our low cost spay and neuter clinic in Davie, Florida.  

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Do you know the symptoms of Kennel Cough? Kennel Cough causes a dog’s throat to become inflamed.  It’s similar to bronchitis in humans. If you hear a cough or honking kind of sound from your dog, it is most likely kennel cough.  This cough often worsens after exercise, but the animal may still look healthy and eat.  If you think your dog has Kennel Cough, you can bring him or her to DPC Veterinary Hospital and clinic for a check up

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Davie Florida Vet Offers Pet Packages For Your New Puppy or Kitten
Need help finding the perfect pet packages in South Florida.  Look no further than DPC Veterinary Hospital.  We offer valued filled Puppy and Kitten Packages for your new addition.  These packages will provide you comprehensive exams, fecal tests, vaccines, and much more. 

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Dogs are wonderful. No matter how rich or poor you may be, a dog's love is unconditional. Dogs show us how to be patient, with a humble virtue, and simply want a few pets in return.

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