Should I get a reptile for a pet?

Think before you purchase an exotic animal

Pet stores everywhere are filled with small, and somewhat large, creatures in cages and tanks.  People come in to our Simpsonville office and say they think it would be fun to own one.  “Ah, wouldn’t this one be so much company for Grandma?!”  Well, before you purchase, you should do some serious research and thinking.  The variety of exotics ranges from ferrets, rabbits, bearded dragons, guinea pigs, canaries…to turtles, reptiles and pythons.  Whatever  species you are considering, I highly recommend that you do your research before purchasing.   The care of an exotic pet can be strict and intensive, depending on the species.  Do not just do your research by talking to the pet store owner. Talk first to a veterinarian who works with Continue…

Is “dog breath” normal?

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It often surprises pet owners that their pets need to have their teeth cared for and that their dog’s breath isn’t normal.  Brushing their pet’s teeth seems so foreign and many people never consider it.  As our pets age, their teeth build up tartar.  For humans it is recommended that we go to the dentist every 6 months to have our teeth cleaned and evaluated.  In our practice we examine your pet’s mouth each time they come in for an exam, so we can stay ahead of any potential problems.  On average, pets over the age of 3 need to have their teeth cleaned on an annual basis, with some needing it every 6 months.

Periodontal disease can be seen in pets as young as 9 months of age, so it is important to have your pet evaluated yearly.  The question is often asked of why some pets would develop dental problems at an early age and others seem to have perfectly healthy teeth.  Small breed dogs are more prone to developing early dental disease than their large breed counterparts.  Small mouths are often overcrowded.  Overcrowded teeth tend to entrap bacteria and debris, Continue…

What is pancreatitis in dogs?

crain.What’s the big deal about feeding your pet people food?  All of the fatty foods might taste great to us, and most dogs certainly won’t turn up their noses at them. However, a fatty meal (or “dietary indiscretion”: veterinary code word for getting into the trash or something nasty out in the yard) can easily cause a very upset stomach and, in some cases, can lead to a serious condition called pancreatitis in dogs.

What is pancreatitis? 

Pancreatitis means quite simply inflammation of the pancreas. The pancreas is very important

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What is AAHA Accreditation?

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What is AAHA? Most people don’t know what AAHA stands for or why it is important. AAHA is an acronym for the American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA Accreditation) .  This association, started in 1933, is a governing body that sets standards and provides guidelines to regulate the level of care that you can expect from your veterinarian.  Compliance with AAHA standards is strictly a voluntary process.
Any veterinary hospital can pay annual dues and join the American Animal Hospital  Association.  In order to become AAHA accredited your hospital has to be evaluated on and meet the standards of the organization.  There are 900 standards which cover every area of your hospital and the way you practice. These standards were developed to act as a benchmark to measure excellence in veterinary medicine.  There are approximately 3200 (top 15%) of all veterinary hospitals in the United States and Canada that are currently AAHA accredited.

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