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Hot spot

How to treat hot spots in dogs

Dogs can develop hot spots for many reasons, but the most common reasons are seasonal or topical allergies, food allergies or a food intolerance.  Hot spots are red, open wounds that often become infected and are made worse by your dog licking and chewing on them.  A change in diet can often dramatically reduce the recurrence of hot spots or even eliminate them altogether.

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Staying Safe This Winter – Pets and Cold Weather

Winter is here and we have some tips for how to handle pets and cold weather.  Winter is a great time for snuggling with your pets by the fire, playing catch with snowballs and taking long walks down snowy lanes.  Winter is not without it’s hazards, though so here are some precautions you should take when the temperature dips.

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Why Does My Dog Itch?

Dogs can develop food allergies just like people. However, unlike people, they cannot share crucial information for the most accurate diagnosis. With the help of a veterinarian, you should rule out other health issues before settling on a diagnosis of food allergy.

The tendency to develop allergies can also be genetically determined. Dogs with other allergies like inhalant allergies or atopy may be at increased risk for developing a food allergy.  Dogs can also develop food intolerance from eating the same food day after day, which can produce the same symptoms as a food allergy.

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Try Something New

Sometimes we get into ruts.  Life starts to feel a bit like Groundhog Day with Bill Murray, where you’re re-living the same thing over and over and over.  One day you wake up and realize that you’ve eaten oatmeal every day for breakfast for the last six months.  We get into ruts with our pets too.  Are you making the same walk around the block with your dog?  Is every night a snuggle up in front of the television night with you and your cat?  Maybe it’s time to try break out and try something new.   And speaking of Groundhog Day, we heard the groundhog predicted an early spring this year so it’s a great time to get started and get ready for spring!