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How Does Heartworm Affect Your Dog or Your Cat?

Heartworm affects dogs and cats differently. Read more to understand how heartworm is contracted and signs of heartworm. Heartworm in Dogs: When a dog is bitten by an infected mosquito, the microfilariae is deposited in a tiny drop of mosquito saliva adjacent to the mosquito bite. Once in the bloodstream of the new host, the

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Distemper is 100% Preventable with Annual Vaccinations

A recent Distemper outbreak at a St. Louis rescue organization has caused hundreds of dogs to become very ill. This is heartbreaking and is a sad reminder of the importance of annual vaccinations. What is Distemper Distemper is a virus which is spread through the air and by contact (bowls, bedding, etc) with an infected

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Halloween Tips for Your Pets!

It’s a spooky time of year, and our pets want to join in the fun, too! While we get excited about disguising our pet in fun costumes, here are some things to keep in mind as Halloween festivities approach. 1. Candy is not to share with your furry friends. This one likely seems very obvious

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Canine Vaccination Packages at VIP Petcare

Annual vaccinations are an important part of your dog or catʼs healthcare routine. You are likely already aware of the comprehensive vaccination packages we offer to keep your pet healthy year-round, and we want to help you learn more about why these are so critically important to the health of your pet. What you will

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Protect your dog against Lyme disease

Ticks “hitch” a ride on our pets by sticking out their “thumbs” and jumping on board. Protect your dog against Lyme disease transmitted by some of these hitchhikers! Outdoor activities are always better when our four legged friends are with us. Whether we are walking, running, swimming, or just lounging around the yard, life is

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August 15 is Check the Chip Day!

You may have heard that giving your pet a permanent form of identification, or a microchip, is a great idea for any pet in your family. August 15, 2016, is a day dedicated to reminding pet owners that registration and keeping your contact information updated is just as important as microchipping. We see so many

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