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Rabies Vaccination: Healthy Pet/Happy Pet 4

Article Series for Dunes Living Magazine By: Dr. Amanda Thomas Everyone has heard of the Rabies virus and most pet owners know and understand the importance of vaccinating their dogs, cats and ferrets with the annual vaccination that protects them from acquiring this deadly disease. But what is Rabies and why is it so important…

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Heartworm Disease: Healthy Pet/Happy Pet 3

Article Series for Dunes Living Magazine From: Dr. Amanda Thomas As springtime approaches and the weather along the Grand Strand warms up to more enjoyable temperatures, we will all be out and about, walking, running, biking, hiking and exercising with our dogs; enjoying the beach, the dog parks and feeling the sunshine we missed so…

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Outdoor Cat Safety: Healthy Pet/Happy Pet 2

What will you do when the weather warms up this spring and you see all those little kittens and momma cats outside at the edge of the woods, by the golf courses, in and around the dunes, and better yet – at your back door looking for food and water? Should you feed them? Should…

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Summertime Safety: Healthy Pet/Happy Pet 1

Article Series for Dunes Living Magazine From:   Dr. Amanda Thomas – Veterinary Clinic of Myrtle Beach Myrtle Beach exemplifies summer, family vacations, pool and beach parties, cookouts, and all of the things we associate with having fun. But summertime also brings hazardous conditions and situations to our pets. Unless we’re being conscientious about some of…

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Senior Dogs

Recommendations For Senior Dogs

Dogs older than seven years of age are considered senior pets. Senior dogs are in the stage of life in which the aging process is affecting every organ. Some organs “wear out” faster than others, so certain observations are especially important to make. The following is a list of key recommendations that we feel are…

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Microchipping your dog

Microchipping Your Dog

What is a microchip? A microchip is a tiny transponder, about the size of a grain of sand, that is encoded with a unique identification number. It is used for permanent identification. The technology is relatively recent, but is becoming widely available. How is the microchip put into my dog? Before insertion, the sterile microchip…

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Caring for a Senior Cat

Caring for the Senior Cat

There are now more pet cats than dogs in the North America. Improved nutrition, prevention of infectious disease and advances in veterinary medical care have resulted in pets living longer and healthier lives. In North America, over the last ten years there has been a 15% increase in cats over ten years of age and…

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Neutering for Dogs

Neutering for Dogs

Why should I have my dog neutered? Neutering should be considered if you are keeping any male dog as a pet. Remember that Guide Dogs for the Blind, Hearing Dogs for Deaf People, and Dogs for the Disabled are routinely neutered. What are the advantages of neutering my male dog? • Reduces the risk of…

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Neutering for Cats

What is meant by castration or neutering? Neutering and castration are the common terms used to describe the surgical procedure known scientifically as orchidectomy or orchiectomy. In this procedure, both testicles are removed in order to sterilize a male cat. Why should I have my cat neutered? Neutering is very beneficial to the health of…

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Dogs

Ticks – General Information

What are ticks? Although ticks are commonly thought of as insects, they are actually arachnids similar to scorpions, spiders and mites. All ticks have four pairs of legs as adults and have no antennae. Adult insects by comparison have three pairs of legs and one pair of antennae. Ticks are among the most efficient carriers…

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