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Is chocolate poisonous to dogs?

Is chocolate poisonous to dogs?
For dogs, a chemical in chocolate called theobromine is the source of the problem.
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Chocolate Toxicity in Cats?

Chocolate Toxicity in Cats?
Cats, and especially kittens, are known for eating things they are not supposed to. This can be a dangerous combination when there is chocolate around.
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How to Travel Safely With Your Pet

How to Travel Safely With Your Pet
Traveling with pets is becoming more and more popular. Today’s dogs, and even cats, are vacationing thanks to friendlier airlines, safety innovations, pet-friendly hotels, resorts, campsites, and restaurants with outdoor dining privileges.
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Pet Owner Best Practices

Pet Owner Best Practices
Companion Animal Clinic is here to support you and your pet. If you need help with your pet and its behavior, please consider our behavioral counseling services.
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Protecting your cat or dog against flea infestation

Protecting your cat or dog against flea infestation
Although you might not think it could happen to your pet, flea infestation is a common problem that can become a real nightmare if not properly treated and controlled.
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Reasons to Spay or Neuter Your Pet

Reasons to Spay or Neuter Your Pet
Whether you’ve recently adopted a pet or you’re considering it, one of the most important health decisions you’ll make is to spay or neuter your cat or dog.
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How To Puppy Proof Your Home

How To Puppy Proof Your Home
Exploring the new surroundings of your home is one of the first things your new puppy will do when he arrives. When you see your home through his eyes, you’ll begin to notice all kinds of interesting things, such as cords and plastic bags.
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Dog Nail Trimming

Dog Nail Trimming
At Companion Animal Clinic, we care about you and your dog. If you are not comfortable trimming your dog's nails, please make an appointment with our grooming service.
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Foods You Should Never Feed Your Cat

Foods You Should Never Feed Your Cat
Some food that your cat should never eat:
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Caring for your pet

Caring for your pet
Being a responsible pet owner is understanding what your pet needs and also being aware of what your responsibilities are to the community.
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Pet Emergency Kit

Pet Emergency Kit
Since you never know when an accident will happen, keeping a pet emergency kit at your home is a good idea. You can put a first aid kit together yourself and buy the items separately, or buy one ready-made. If you make one yourself, use a small plastic tub with a tight fitting lid to store the following items:
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Summer Heat Risks

Summer Heat Risks
Companion Animal Clinic cares about the health of your pets. If you have any concerns about your pet and the summer heat, please make an appointment today.
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Four Steps to a Healthy Adult Dog

Four Steps to a Healthy Adult Dog
How to make sure your dog attains his ideal weight and maintains a healthy weight for life.
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Tips For Bathing Your Dog

Tips For Bathing Your Dog
It’s time for your dog to have a bath time it’s just a matter of taking him through a proper bathing technique.
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Northern Virginia Magazine’s 2018 Best Veterinarians

Northern Virginia Magazine’s 2018 Best Veterinarians
Companion Animal Clinic is proud to announce the feature of Dr. Jay Margolis and Dr. Adam Ainspan as Best Veterinarians in the Nothern Virginia Magazine. Dr. Margolis and Dr. Ainspan are fixtures in the area’s veterinary community, leading our hospital with a focus on general companion animal needs.
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Caring for an Adopted Pet

Caring for an Adopted Pet
You have adopted a new pet…congratulations! Get your new pet started off on the right paw with these basic behavioral and health care pointers:
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Cat Nail Trimming

Cat Nail Trimming
At Companion Animal Clinic, we care about you and your cat. If you are not comfortable trimming your cat's nails, please make an appointment with our grooming service.
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New puppy or kitten on the way? Follow these strategies to make your home safe for your pet

New puppy or kitten on the way? Follow these strategies to make your home safe for your pet
A new pet is more than an adorable bundle of fur; it’s also a big responsibility. That pesky puppy or curious kitten can find lots of ways to get into trouble.
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Guidelines For Dog Training

Guidelines For Dog Training
No matter what you’re trying to teach your dog, from housetraining to “heel,” there are a few basic guidelines that will make the process go easier:
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Motion Sickness in Dogs

Motion Sickness in Dogs
A car ride! A car ride! A car ride! For most dogs it’s the greatest thing since the cookie. But a dog can get motion sickness just like people do, which can mean that even a short car trip becomes stressful for the dog — and disgusting for the owner. 
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Separation Anxiety in Dogs

Separation Anxiety in Dogs
At Companion Animal Clinic, we care about the happiness of your dog. If you think your dog may have separation anxiety, please make an appointment for behavioral counseling.
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5 Keys to Decoding Your Cat’s Body Language

5 Keys to Decoding Your Cat’s Body Language
Feline communication is largely nonverbal, although from time to time cats may use special noises — like howls, chirps, growls, hisses and meows — to get their point across.
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Year-Round Heartworm Prevention

Year-Round Heartworm Prevention
At Companion Animal Clinic, we focus on proactive and preventive care for your pet. Please schedule an appointment with our wellness services, to keep your pet in optimum health.
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Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency in Dogs and Cats

Exocrine Pancreatic Insufficiency in Dogs and Cats
Exocrine pancreatic insufficiency (EPI) happens when the pancreas is unable to produce enzymes that help with digestion.
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Liver Shunts in Pets: Warning Signs, Treatments and Breeds Most at Risk

Liver Shunts in Pets: Warning Signs, Treatments and Breeds Most at Risk
The liver is one of the largest and hardest-working organs in the body. It’s the body’s version of the consummate multitasker. 
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Feline Nutrition 101 - The Basics of Feeding Your Cat

Feline Nutrition 101 - The Basics of Feeding Your Cat
While our cats may not like to admit it, with their independent streak and all, they rely on us to make all the decisions regarding their diet. Here’s a handy guide on how to create a healthy diet for your cat.
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Cats Love Car Trips

Cats Love Car Trips
At Companion Animal Clinic we care about your pets and their wellbeing during travel times. Please check out our travel services.
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Dog Swimming Safety Tips

Dog Swimming Safety Tips
They didn't coin the term "doggy paddle" because canines stay on shore. Many dogs enjoy swimming as much as people do, and cool times in the local swimming spot are irreplaceable summer experiences.
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Declaw Surgery for Cats

Declaw Surgery for Cats
Scratching is a natural cat behavior, but it can be destructive in a household. Declaw surgery generally involves the removal of all or a portion of the last bone in each digit of the forepaws.
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Corneal Ulcers

Corneal Ulcers
The clear front covering of the eye, known as the cornea, is a delicate structure. As such, corneal ulcers can result from trauma to the eye or one of many medical conditions that affect the eye.
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Traveling With Your Pet? Check Out These Tips First

Traveling With Your Pet? Check Out These Tips First
According to a 2009 survey by AAA and Best Western International, more than three-quarters of respondents said they want to take their pet with them on vacation. We love our pets and want them to experience the excitement of exploring new destinations right alongside us. And with more and more pet-friendly accommodations available, it’s becoming easier to pack up the entire family for adventure.
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Wellness Testing

Wellness Testing
At Companion Animal Clinic we care about your pet's wellness. Please check out our wellness program for your special family member.
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Aromatherapy: Relaxation or Torment for Pets?

Aromatherapy: Relaxation or Torment for Pets?
Many of us love the smell of lavender, cinnamon or jasmine, but what about our pets?
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Why Don’t Cats Come When Called?

Why Don’t Cats Come When Called?
It is relatively easy to train a dog to come to you when you call his name, but cats, as usual, are a different story. What is the difference?
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How to Help a Dog With Separation Anxiety

How to Help a Dog With Separation Anxiety
Have you ever come home from work to find that your dog has chewed a hole in the door, pooped in the house or, according to the neighbors, barked incessantly?
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Periodontal Disease

Periodontal Disease
At Companion Animal Clinic we care about the dental health of your pet. Please check out our Anesthesia-Free Dental Cleanings to support your pet's dental health.
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Top 10 Warning Signs of Cancer in Pets

Top 10 Warning Signs of Cancer in Pets
Some of these signs, such as weight loss and bad breath, may be indicative of cancer or they may signify other health problems. Regardless, they should always prompt a discussion with your veterinarian.
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Atopy - An Allergic Skin Reaction

Atopy - An Allergic Skin Reaction
You want your pet to look good and feel good. But if he’s suffering from atopy — an allergic skin reaction – neither is the case. The itching can make your dog or cat miserable, and redness, rashes, bleeding, and skin infections are worse. 
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Can’t Take Your Best Friend on Your Trip?

Can’t Take Your Best Friend on Your Trip?
When you’re looking for someone to watch over your pet when you travel, how do you decide which option is best?
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How to Select a Puppy That’s Right for You

How to Select a Puppy That’s Right for You
Though all puppies are incredibly cute, not all are a good fit for your lifestyle. With the proper research and preparation, you can find a dog who will be a great addition to the family.
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Why Does My Cat Knock Everything Off My Desk?

Why Does My Cat Knock Everything Off My Desk?
As numerous hilarious Internet videos show, our cats seem to love to knock things off high places. Why do they engage in this funny — but also sometimes annoying or even dangerous — behavior?
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Improve Your Dog’s Manners By Teaching These Three Behaviors

Improve Your Dog’s Manners By Teaching These Three Behaviors
Recently, I talked with a frustrated dog owner who felt like she had missed her chance to teach her dog good manners. “I want to train my Cocker Spaniel to stop barking every 30 seconds,” she lamented, “but he’s 4 now and it’s too late to change him!”
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Keeping Your Pet at a Healthy Weight

Keeping Your Pet at a Healthy Weight
A roly poly puppy or chubby kitten might look cute, but carrying extra fat can endanger your pet’s health. Here’s how to keep your pet’s weight in check.
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Feline Pneumonia: What you need to know

Feline Pneumonia: What you need to know
​​Is your cat coughing, wheezing and producing nasty-looking snot from her nose? It’s not a run-of-the-mill cold as we might think of it. Cats can be prone to respiratory problems. If they go unrecognized or untreated, the result can be a bad case of pneumonia.
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Healthy Weight for Your Best Friend

Healthy Weight for Your Best Friend
Keeping your best friends at a healthy weight is important. Check out how we can help you with dietary counseling.
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Be Aware of Holiday Hazards for Your Pet

Be Aware of Holiday Hazards for Your Pet
Being aware of potential hazards for your pet during the holiday season is important for their health and your peace of mind. Check out this video for more information!
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Helpful Tips for Living With a Pet Who Is Deaf or Hearing-Impaired

Helpful Tips for Living With a Pet Who Is Deaf or Hearing-Impaired
One of the sweetest things about my profession as a veterinarian is the opportunity to see the love shared between people and pets. What’s even more special is seeing the accommodations people make for pets with disabilities. 
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Microchipping Your Pet

Microchipping Your Pet
Microchipping your pet will make a big difference if they wander out of your yard or get lost for any other reason.  Check out our services for more information.
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Holiday Tips: Help Kids and Pets Play Together Safely

Holiday Tips: Help Kids and Pets Play Together Safely
The holidays are here, with visitors and house guests coming and going — and that means an increased likelihood that your dog will be around unfamiliar people, particularly children. When my clients are preparing for the holiday season, I take the time to address strategies they can use to help keep interactions between their dog and visiting children safe and positive.
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Cat Exercise: Keeping Your Kitty in Good Shape

Cat Exercise: Keeping Your Kitty in Good Shape
While most cats will never learn to run on a treadmill, no matter how much catnip you offer, almost all cats do benefit greatly from some form of regular physical activity. 
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Losing Interest in Training Your Dog? Here’s How to Stay Motivated

Losing Interest in Training Your Dog? Here’s How to Stay Motivated
You’ve done all the right things when it comes to training your dog, and so far, it’s gone well: He knows how to sit and stay and shake, and he’s pleasant and polite to be around. But suddenly, training feels like a burden — and your dog doesn’t seem like he’s enjoying it, either. Time to give up?
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Arthritis And Your Pet

Arthritis And Your Pet
Arthritis can affect your aging pet. We will be with you every step of the way. Please check out our Silver Whiskers program.
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My Dog Won’t Stop Eating Grass. What’s Going On?

My Dog Won’t Stop Eating Grass. What’s Going On?
Who hasn’t wondered, “Why does my pet eat grass?” The truth is there isn’t one clear reason.
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How to Find the Best Boarding Kennel for Your Dog

How to Find the Best Boarding Kennel for Your Dog
Overnight stays away from home can be stressful for your dog — and for you.  Check out our boarding services.  
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Why Grooming Your Dog Is Great for His Health

Why Grooming Your Dog Is Great for His Health
Contrary to what pet salons advertise, dog grooming isn't a canine luxury. It's a necessity, and it doesn't have to break the bank. Make your appointment today!
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7 Trainer-Approved Puppy Housebreaking Tips

7 Trainer-Approved Puppy Housebreaking Tips
Patience is key when it comes to housebreaking because every pup will pick up the process at his own pace.
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Puppy Basics 101 - How to Care for Your New Dog

Puppy Basics 101 - How to Care for Your New Dog
Puppies are without a doubt some of the most adorable things on the planet. Parenting a new puppy, however, is no walk in the park. Here’s a guide to help you care for the new addition to the family.
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Aggression In Dogs

Aggression In Dogs
Dogs can become aggressive and bark, growl, lunge at, and even attack other pets and people for all kinds of reasons — dominance, fear, defense of territory, pain, frustration, overly enthusiastic play, and more. Find out how you can help!
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How To Give Your Cat Liquid Medicine

How To Give Your Cat Liquid Medicine
Giving a cat his medicine is rarely easy, but knowing the proper procedure and what to expect can make the process more pleasant—for you and your cat. Find out more here!
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Keeping Your Pup In Good Shape

Keeping Your Pup In Good Shape
Regular exercise can have a tremendous impact on your pups overall well-being! Find out how we can help here!
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Brushing Your Dog’s Teeth Doesn’t Have to Be Difficult

Brushing Your Dog’s Teeth Doesn’t Have to Be Difficult
Is brushing your dog's teeth something you and your dog don't look forward to? We want to help you! Check out this video on tips to make brushing your pets teeth a more pleasant experience. We want to help you keep your pets teeth in perfect condition, make an appointment today for a dental cleaning today.
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Dog Vaccine Recommendations

Dog Vaccine Recommendations
“What vaccines should my dog get?” This is a question veterinarian’s hear on a fairly regular basis. Find out how we can help!
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The Right Way to Introduce a Dog and Cat

The Right Way to Introduce a Dog and Cat
Cats and dogs can coexist within the same family as long as you introduce them properly. ​Find out how to introduce them here!
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Understanding Why Your Dog Barks

Understanding Why Your Dog Barks
A dog can bark for many reasons — to defend his territory, signal a stranger, get attention, say hello, express discomfort or frustration, and more. Understanding why a dog barks is key to getting him to stop.
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Ehrlichiosis: What You Should Know About This Tick-Borne Disease

Ehrlichiosis: What You Should Know About This Tick-Borne Disease
Ticks can cause trouble for your furry feline and canine companions! Find out what you should know about them here!
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7 Common Health Problems in Senior Cats

7 Common Health Problems in Senior Cats
We know how important your senior feline companion can be to you. Find out some common health problems to watch for in your mature feline friend here!
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What Is Pet Insurance?

What Is Pet Insurance?
Have you ever wondered what pet insurance is and if it's a good investment for you? We want to answer your questions! No matter the age of your furry friend we have a wellness plan to fit their needs. Check out this video on the benefits of pet insurance.
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Grooming Your Cat

Grooming Your Cat
Keeping your cat's haircoat healthy is very important. Find out how you should groom your cat and how we can help!
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Adverse Reactions to Food in Cats

Adverse Reactions to Food in Cats
Do you think your feline friend is having an adverse reaction to their food? Find out what to look for and what you can do to help here!
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Where’s the Best Place for Your Elderly Dog to Stay When You’re Away?

Where’s the Best Place for Your Elderly Dog to Stay When You’re Away?
Not sure where the best place is for your senior dog while you are away? Let us help you with our professional and caring boarding staff!
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Grooming and Coat Care for Your Dog

Grooming and Coat Care for Your Dog
Does your canine companion have a healthy and shiny coat? Find out how often you should be grooming your furry friend and how we can help here!
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The Rice and Fall of Diarrhea

The Rice and Fall of Diarrhea
Does your pet have an upset tummy? Find out why we recommend a homemade bland diet of rice and chicken for your furry friend!
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Dog Behavior and Training - Air and Car Travel

Dog Behavior and Training - Air and Car Travel
Traveling and don't know what to do with your canine companion? See how our boarding services, with caring and personal attention, will help put your mind at ease.
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Boarding Your Cat

Boarding Your Cat
​​Going on vacation? Looking for a place to board your feline friend? Find out what to look for when boarding your furry friend and how we can help!
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5 Most Common Myths About Pet Grooming

5 Most Common Myths About Pet Grooming
There are many myths when it comes to pet grooming, so knowing the right way to brush and bathe your dog or cat can be a little confusing. Find out more about grooming and how our professional grooming staff can help!
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How to Find the Best Boarding Kennel for Your Dog

How to Find the Best Boarding Kennel for Your Dog
Going on vacation? Looking for a place to board your canine companion? Find out what to look for when boarding your furry friend and how we can help!
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Bentley and Mercedes Before and After Grooming

Bentley and Mercedes Before and After Grooming
Does your canine companion's coat look like it could use some extra love? A bath and a fresh new trim with our professional grooming staff are just what they need!
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Charley Before and After Grooming

Charley Before and After Grooming
Does your canine companion deserve a pick me up? A bath and fresh new haircut may be just what your furry friend needs!
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Dog Walking Safety Tips

Dog Walking Safety Tips
Keeping your canine companion happy and safe during a walk is very important. Find out some hints to keeping your walk safe and relaxing here!
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Chocolate Poisoning in Dogs

Chocolate Poisoning in Dogs
Did you come home to your canine companion chowing down on chocolate? Find out what signs to look for and what you should do if your dog ingests chocolate!
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Dental Cleaning in Cats

Dental Cleaning in Cats
Dental cleanings are so important for your feline family member. Find out what to expect and what services we offer to help!
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Cat Behavior and Training - Crate Training and Travel

Cat Behavior and Training - Crate Training and Travel
Traveling with your feline companion can be tricky. Find out steps you can take to help your cat travel happy and content here!
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Dog Behavior and Training - Play and Exercise

Dog Behavior and Training - Play and Exercise
Exercise and play are critical for you canine companion! Find out why it's so crucial and what kind of play to engage your dog in here!
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First Aid for Insect Stings in Cats

First Aid for Insect Stings in Cats
Cats are nosy creatures, sniffing at anything of interest. Insect stings can spell trouble for your feline friend. Find how what you can do to help!
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Emergencies in Cats

Emergencies in Cats
Your feline family member has a sudden emergency! Do you know what to do? Find out how to handle an emergency situation.
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Common Emergencies in Dogs

Common Emergencies in Dogs
Your canine companion has a sudden emergency! Do you know what to do? Find out how to handle an emergency situation.
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Dog Ear Cleaning

Dog Ear Cleaning
Keeping your canine's ears clean is very important. Find out why it's important and what you can do to help!
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Cat Scratching Behavior

Cat Scratching Behavior
Is your furry feline scratching? Don't worry it's totally normal behavior. Find out some ways to create a scratching haven for your furry feline friend!
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Dental Cleaning in Dogs

Dental Cleaning in Dogs
Dental cleanings are so important for your canine companion. Find out what to expect and what services we offer to help!
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Diabetes in Dogs

Diabetes in Dogs
Do you suspect your canine companion has diabetes? Find out all about testing and monitoring for diabetes in dogs.
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Diabetes in Cats

Diabetes in Cats
Do you suspect your feline friend has diabetes? Find out all about testing and monitoring for diabetes in cats.
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Care For Your Companion After Vaccinations

Care For Your Companion After Vaccinations
Vaccinations for your furry friends are very common. However, sometimes they come with some mild side effects. Find out what to look for and when to contact your vet.
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Bringing Home A New Kitten

Bringing Home A New Kitten
Bringing home a new kitten can be an exciting endeavor! Find out what steps to take to make it an easy transition for both you and your new furry friend. 
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Ear Mites in Cats and Dogs

Ear Mites in Cats and Dogs
Ear mites can be hard to find, but are highly contagious. Learn what you should do if your furry companion has ear mites.
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Arthritis in Cats

Arthritis in Cats
Is your cat having trouble jumping up things lately? Find out what Osteoarthritis is and how you can help your feline friend be more comfortable.
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A Cleaner, Greener Home for Your Pets

A Cleaner, Greener Home for Your Pets
Find out some ways to make your home cleaner and greener for your pets!
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Brushing Teeth in Dogs

Brushing Teeth in Dogs
Are your canine's teeth in need of some tender loving care? Learn how to take care of your dog's smile.
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Pet Safety During Thanksgiving

Pet Safety During Thanksgiving
Thanksgiving is a time for family, friends, and food. However, Thanksgiving is also a time for hidden dangers for your furry friends. Here are some tips for keeping your pets safe during the holiday season.
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Brushing Teeth in Cats

Brushing Teeth in Cats
Are your feline's teeth in need of some tender loving care? Learn how to take care of your cat's smile.
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Food Allergies in Dogs

Food Allergies in Dogs
Does your furry friend have a food allergy? Find out signs you can look for and how you can treat it.
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