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HEAT!

Posted by Lindsey Haile on Monday, July 8, 2013,

Summertime heat has arrived in full force!  Please check out the following link showing why it is so important to NEVER leave a pet in the car! 
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JbOcCQ-y3OY

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Ticks!

Posted by Lindsey Haile on Monday, April 22, 2013,
Ticks are here!  We have recently seen a heavy amount of Ehrlichia and Lyme positive patients.  Remember to do what you can to reduce the likelihood of tick disease transmission.  Quality, effective tick preventatives, daily tick checks, and Lyme disease vaccinations can help!  Call our office for product advice on what may work best for your pets! 804 769-3200
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Don't Let Preventatives Fall by the Wayside!

Posted by Lindsey Haile on Monday, October 15, 2012,
There is often a misconception that preventative products can be discontinued in the late fall and winter months.  On the contrary, it is imperative that proper prevention is administered year round.  Our climate plays a large role in the necessity for year round prevention with more a more temperate environment in which insects and parasites flourish.  Our rural landscape also plays a part, with a large wildlife reservoir which often serves as an intermediate host for parasites.  Additionall...
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Vaccine Changes

Posted by Lindsey Haile on Wednesday, October 12, 2011,

Our canine and feline vaccine recommendations have changed to reflect our desire to keep your pet as protected as possible, without over-vaccinating or inducing any unnecessary inflammation.  We have modified our vaccine schedules based on the American Animal Hospital Association and The American Feline Practioners Association guidelines, as well as a comprehensive review of recent literature and research. We look forward to seeing you and your pet at your next visit to explain these changes ...


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EWWW Worms!

Posted by Lindsey Haile on Wednesday, June 8, 2011,

Worms are a major threat to both dogs and cats.  Our area harbors a large population of roundworms, hookworms, whipworms and tapeworms.   Many people know that worms may cause weight loss, a swollen abdomen, or vomiting and diarrhea.  However, worms can cause much more serious damage and even death.  Roundworms and hookworms are the two worms most common in puppies and cats.  Whipworms in adult dogs are perhaps the most dangerous, covert worm attacker.  Many of the common heartworm preventati...


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The Cat is out of the Bag!

Posted by Lindsey Haile on Wednesday, June 8, 2011,

Springtime is the season when baby animals are born.  Fuzzy, playful, curious kittens are no exception.  We have several adorable kittens available for adoption at King WillIam Veterinary Clinic.  They are lively, affectionate little creatures that are waiting to meet their new families.

 Cats have some interesting qualities to their reproductive systems that result in an abundance of spring and summer time young.  The female cat or the “Queen” has an active reproductive cycle somewhe...


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Essential Pet Care for ANY Economic Era

Posted by Lindsey Haile on Tuesday, May 17, 2011,

Veterinary Care is a tough field.  It is crucial to the health of a pet.  Yet it can be tempting in tight economic times to only fix what is broken or only grease the squeaky wheel.  In following this mentality, people tightly close their eyes and hope for the best.  While it is possible that the pet may escape disease, it is more likely that the owner will end up paying more treating a preventable condition than they would have spent preventing it.  More daunting is the potential for the pet...


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Mixed up Metabolism

Posted by Lindsey Haile on Wednesday, May 11, 2011,

Dozing Dogs & Chaotic Cats

The thyroid gland in pets rebels against conformity.  Instead of functioning at the same speed throughout life, it changes its pace.  This change can be due to shrinkage of the thyroid gland or hyper functioning nodules that develop on the gland.  In dogs the metabolic rate drops.  This decrease results in weight gain, a slower heart rate and sleepiness. Skin disorders, neurological abnormalities, behavioral changes and even reproductive, gastrointestinal, and hear...


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Renal Reality

Posted by Lindsey Haile on Tuesday, April 26, 2011,

Chronic Renal Failure or kidney disease is one of the most commonly diagnosed illnesses of senior pets.  While kidney disease is neither curable nor preventable, it is manageable.  The kidneys are remarkable organs but their ability to function decreases as a pet’s age increases.  In fact, 75% of the kidneys are non functional before symptoms are evident.  Kidney failure affects the pet in 3 ways. 

  1. They can’t concentrate:  The kidneys can no longer concentrate the urine, leading to ve...


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Advice for Aging Pets

Posted by Lindsey Haile on Saturday, March 26, 2011,

 

Pet life expectancies have improved over the years due to advances in veterinary medicine, giving us longer to enjoy our beloved pets.  As our companions age, their health care needs increase, rather than diminish.  The following advice will help you continue to provide attentive care for your senior pets. 

1.      Continue to Provide Preventative Care!  Older pets are still vulnerable to heartworms, intestinal parasites, fleas, ticks, and the various diseases that vaccines cover.  In fa...


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Tick Threats

Posted by Lindsey Haile on Wednesday, March 16, 2011,

The ticks in our area possess various bacteria which they are sharing generously with our dogs!  Recent convenient in –clinic testing has enabled us to diagnose many cases of Lyme disease and Ehrlichiosis.  These two diseases are part of a trio that poses severe life threatening risks to dogs who acquire ticks.  Both Lyme disease and Ehrlichia cause general signs of weakness, weight loss, fever, and decreased appetite.  However, while Lyme disease notoriously affects the joints and sometime...


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Heart Attack!

Posted by Lindsey Haile on Monday, February 28, 2011,

While cupid armed with love, targets human hearts, mosquitoes armed with heartworm larvae aim at dog hearts.  With the number of mosquitoes in this area, dogs face a severe risk of being infected with deadly heartworms.  An infected mosquito bites the dog, injecting heartworm larvae under the skin.  The larvae mature under the skin and then travel to the heart and the arteries in the lungs.  Approximately 6-9 months after being deposited under the skin, the fertilized female worms begin to pr...


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Dental Denial

Posted by Lindsey Haile on Tuesday, February 22, 2011,

“Does my dog really need his teeth cleaned?”
 

That depends!  Some pets never need a dental cleaning, while others need frequent dental care.  As a general rule, dogs that are smaller, older, on moist diets or that have crowded teeth need the most dental care.  In regards to dental health, there is the Good, the Bad and the Ugly.  Providing you have a well mannered dog, lift the upper lips and examine the mouth.  The Good: A healthy mouth has white, clean, firm teeth and healthy pink (or ...


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Lyme Disease: A Ticking Time Bomb

Posted by Lindsey Haile on Tuesday, February 1, 2011,

It’s time we became aware of a preventable, life threatening disease of our dogs.  Lyme disease is transmitted by the Ixodes tick (black leg tick) which is very common in our area.  The immature tick acquires the bacteria (Borrelia burgdorferi) from a carrier such as a mouse or bird, and becomes infected for life.   Then when that same tick attaches to a dog (or rarely a cat, horse or human) and remains attached for a minimum of 18 hours, it can transmit the infection.  Symptoms of Lyme dis...


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Flee Flea!!

Posted by Lindsey Haile on Monday, January 24, 2011,

Many pets are experiencing flea infestations.  Perhaps you have observed your pet scratching or noticed scabs or hairless areas.  Possibly you’ve felt a bite on your ankle or even seen one of those tiny and elusive pests.  Take a moment to examine your pet’s skin for evidence of fleas.  Although you might see an actual flea, you will more likely notice the black “flea dirt” that fleas leave behind.  Just a few fleas rapidly become thousands, as adult female fleas can lay 50 eggs a day...


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