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The Case of the Squinty Eye

“I woke up this morning and Fluffy couldn’t open her eye!”   This is something that our doctors at Temperance Animal Hospital hear frequently.  There are several painful conditions of the eye that can cause your pet to hold one or both eyes closed.  These include: corneal ulcers, glaucoma (a painful increase in pressure within the…

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Facts About Canine Influenza

We, here at Temperance Animal Hospital, want to thank everyone for their concern and patience as we investigated and familiarized ourselves with the facts about the current Canine Influenza cases. As many of you are already aware, there has been fear of an outbreak with the Canine Influenza strain H3N2. Mostly concentrated in the Chicago area, this outbreak has…

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Make Your Pet’s Season of Noise More Enjoyable

The season of noise is upon us! Fourth of July celebrations are on the way as well the usual summer rash of storms. One of the more common questions we have been receiving at Temperance Animal Hospital is, “What can I do for my dog so that he/she is not so scared?” Many dogs (and most cats) will go about their normal day-to-day business…

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An Ounce of Prevention!

You know the saying right?  ‘An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure’. Well, nowhere is that more true than when considering dental health for our pets!  This month we will be discussing the importance of dental radiography and preventive dentistry in our canine and feline patients.  As with many health concerns, prevention of dental disease is…

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Common Oral and Dental Disease of Dogs and Cats

February is Veterinary Dental Health Awareness Month. Last February we talked about the importance of having a professional Comprehensive Oral Health Assessment and Treatment (COHAT) performed on your pet.  It seems fitting that this year we discuss some of the most common oral and dental diseases found in our beloved dogs and cats.  So let’s get started!…

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Holiday Season Dangers

During the holiday season there are a lot of fun activities for family and pets. With these activities there are also some dangers that are often be overlooked. This is our list of some of the most common holiday dangers that cause your season to be not so merry. 1. The Christmas Tree The Christmas tree itself is not toxic, but…

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FDA Facts: Jerky Pet Treats

FDA has been actively investigating consumer complaints about jerky pet treats causing illness in dogs and in some cats. As of Sept. 24, 2013, over 3,600 dogs and 10 cats have reportedly become ill from eating jerky pet treats. The treats are sold as jerky tenders or strips and are made with chicken, duck, sweet potato,…

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Eating Can Be Fun! Using Food as Enrichment for Your Pet

Did you know that keeping your pet active, motivated and mentally stimulated can be easily accomplished when feeding becomes an activity and not just a routine? Environmental Enrichment isn’t just for zoo animals anymore.  The benefits of using food as behavioral enrichment have long been recognized by Veterinarians and Animal Husbandry experts.  For example, many zoos…

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Six “Easy” Things You Can Do to Help Your Pet with Allergies

Allergy Season is right around the corner (again) and with it will come the licking, chewing, biting and scratching that is the hallmark of allergies in our pets.  We have already discussed some of the medications, allergy testing, allergy injections and other therapies available to treat your pet with allergies in a previous posting.  For this post, we thought…

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February is Veterinary Dental Health Awareness Month

February has been designated as Veterinary Dental Health Awareness Month.  We hear a lot of discussion about the importance of Home Dental Care (brushing, gels, tartar control treats, etc.) for our dogs and cats.  Did you also know the important role that a Professional Dental COHAT plays in your pet’s oral health? What the heck is a…

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