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Ensuring your pet's safety under anesthesia

As an AAHA accredited hospital, we are required to have very high standards of care when it comes to monitoring our dogs and cats while they are under anesthesia during surgery.  Anesthesia can be stressful to many pet owners, especially if they have ever heard a story from a friend or family member of a…

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Boarding Your Pets

Boarding your dog Though it’s never easy to leave your dog behind, sometimes it’s the best decision for them. If you take the time to do a little research, you can find a high quality boarding facility that you can feel confident about. Start by asking your AAHA-accredited veterinarian if they have a boarding facility…

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Bugging the Bug Spray

                                      Bugging The Bug Spray A gentle herb based insect repellent for dogs and cats you can prepare at home.  The active ingredient (d-limonene and rosemary oil) will also be a nice coat conditioner and give the coat a nice shine.  It will deter mosquitoes and other biting insects for a couple of hours. Best…

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Dog Bites, reading your dog and re-directing behavior

Learn to speak “Dog” – Instead of expecting your dog to understand English. Keep your dog safe– Safe environment, avoid his anxiety trigger when possible, make sure he has a microchip and ID collar Prepare for distractions– Useful if mild anxiety. Toys and treats and fun games can shift the association to something positive. Decrease…

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Dog Bites!

You’re Invited!  Free class for all Pet Parents. Dog bites are SCARY!  They can happen in an instant. Dogs bite for different reasons, most can be resolved once we understand them.  Learn about dog biting behavior and how to keep your family safe. Please join us at; Heartwood Animal Hospital,  3091 Mays Crossroads Rd, Youngsville,…

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Heat Stroke in your pet.

James Murray The heat has been ramping up in Youngsville, and in these first few weeks of Summer our pets may start showing the effects of increased temperature on their daily activity. Dogs are more prone to heat stroke than humans, as their only way of dissipating heat is through panting. The only sweat glands…

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Pet Anxiety, there is help!

The first week of summer is here which means thunderstorms are about to be a common occurrence over the next several months. You may have a dog that shows very overt signs of anxiety during these storms which can be very frustrating.  However, there are also lots of pets that may be displaying signs of…

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Canine Influenza

Dog Flu Story: Learning It Was a Totally Different Strain This wasn’t your mom’s dog flu. It’s amazing how quickly scientists figured out this wasn’t the same dog flu strain that was discovered back in 2004, and has been periodically popping up all around the country (called H3M8). Subsequent testing, carried out with the New…

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Snakes, creatures that may bite your pet

With Summer right around the corner and temperatures warming up, its time to talk about a specific species of creatures in your yard that may inadvertently bite your pet:  Snakes!   Last Summer Heartwood Animal Hospital treated about half of a dozen dogs that were bitten by snakes between the months of May and September. …

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