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Pawsitive Press for April ’19


Heartworm Diseases

By: Christen Woodley, DVM

What’s not to like about living in the sunshine state? Waves, sunshine, parks, beaches…mosquitoes?? We are blessed in many ways, but thanks to our long-lasting seasons of heat and humidity Florida is also host to many vector-borne diseases, the most famous of which in pets is heartworm disease. Heartworm disease has been diagnosed in all fifty states but is considered an endemic here. And though canines are represented in heavier numbers than felines, the rate of incidence in cats is often 5-15% of the dog rate in […]

Pawsitive Press for March ’19


Pet Poisons

By: Wade Matthews, DVM

Both dogs and cats explore their world with their mouths. We see a lot of problems with pets ingesting things that are not meant to be eaten. They do not have the cognitive function to think about the consequences of their actions. Their motto is “if it looks or smells good eat it.” Some of the common poisons that present to a veterinarian are ethylene glycol (antifreeze), xylitol, chocolate and grapes.

One of the most common poisons that we see in practice is ethylene glycol (antifreeze) intoxication. This liquid has a sweet […]

Pawsitive Press for February ’19


A Proper Dental Cleaning

By: Patrick Hafner, DVM

Recently I have been asked by several clients what my opinion is of the availability of non-anesthetic dental cleanings for their pets. This procedure is also known as non-professional dental scaling. I did not recommend these procedures for many reasons. A complete examination of the dental health of our patients always requires the patient be anesthetized for adequate evaluation.
I know that the anesthetic requirement for proper evaluation can be concerning for the owners with regards to the risk of anesthesia. However, pre-anesthetic evaluation by physical examination […]

Pawsitive Press for January ’19


The Importance of Proper Puppy Socialization

By: Elaina Franklin

Hello everybody! Elaina Franklin here from Positive Solutions Animal Training. I would like to talk to you about a very concerning problem that we, as trainers, are seeing on the rise. It’s very sad to say but the number one reason most of us get called out to evaluate a dog is due to the dog’s reactivity to certain people, animals, places, or other stimuli. After taking a closer look into the situation and having a discussion with the family; we are often able to determine that […]