Nutrition Center - Tips

Hector Joy, DVM

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After graduating with a degree in Veterinary Medicine from Tuskegee University, Dr. Joy completed a 1-year internship in general canine and feline medicine and surgery at BluePearl Veterinary Partners, a specialty and emergency hospital in Tampa,...

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How to Convert Dog Years to Human Years

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[video:wistia|n1lkzpi3ap|true] Is one human year equal to seven “dog years” when it comes to a dog’s age? Recent studies have shown that this isn’t exactly true. We all want our dogs to live forever, and we want...

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Krista Seraydar, DVM

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Dr. Krista Seraydar was born and raised in South Florida. She is a graduate of the University of Florida College of Veterinary Medicine where she earned a certificate in Shelter Medicine. She also spent her undergraduate years at the University...

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Geneva Pagliai, DVM

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Dr. Geneva Pagliai was born and raised in Winnipeg, Canada. She received her undergraduate degree in Wildlife Ecology and Conservation from the University of Florida and completed her DVM at the University of Minnesota in 2006. Before joining...

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Sara Bledsoe, DVM, CVA, CHPV

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Dr. Sara Bledsoe graduated from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine in 2012 and completed her clinical year at Auburn Unviersity. While at Auburn, Dr. Sara received the Gentle Doctor Award for her outstanding patient care and client...

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Dalal Hares, DVM

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Dr. Dalal Hares is a 2016 graduate of Oklahoma State University College of Veterinary Medicine. Following graduation she completed a small animal medicine and surgery internship at Coral Springs Animal Hospital in 2017. She went on to do additional...

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Homemade Dog Food: Is It Healthy to Cook for Your Dog?

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Feeding your dog a meal that looks similar to what you have for dinner might be an appealing alternative to offering commercial dog foods. However, it’s vital to your dog’s health to remember that the nutritional needs of a canine...

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Which Fruits Can Cats Eat?

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Cats are true carnivores. Meat is a necessary main ingredient of their diet. But what about fruit—is it safe for cats? And if so, which fruits can cats eat? Due to their lack of sweet taste receptors, cats are usually not interested...

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Foxtail Plants: How to Find Them on Dogs and Why They're So Dangerous

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Foxtail plants are a weed-type grass that can cause serious problems for dogs. Flourishing in the summer months, these annoying weeds are designed to burrow, which can lead to pain, infection, and sometimes more serious issues. They can attach...

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How to Cut Your Dog’s Nails Safely

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[video:wistia|5n27k97mvj|true] Keeping your dog’s nails trimmed prevents them from dealing with unnecessary pain. Cutting or filing your dog’s nails regularly should be a routine part of dog grooming, but for many dogs,...

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Dog Vaccination Schedule: Which Shots Do Dogs and Puppies Need?

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Dog vaccinations are critical to ensure the health and longevity of young puppies as they grow into adult dogs and become seniors. They are the safest and most cost-effective way to protect your dog from infectious preventable diseases. The...

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How to Get an Emotional Support Animal Registered

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Animals have always formed a special bond with humans. This bond has been useful in training certain animals to assist people with physical and medical disabilities. These service dogs have historically been recognized for their loyalty to...

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How to Remove a Tick From a Cat

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Knowing how to remove a tick from your cat is important for their health—and also for yours. Tick-borne diseases can spread to your cat as soon as 24 hours after the tick attaches. Some of these diseases, such as Lyme disease, can also...

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Do Dogs Have Periods and Go Through Menopause?

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Do dogs have periods? No—at least not like humans do. Dogs do not menstruate and are only receptive to mating when actively in heat. Do dogs go through menopause? No; dogs can become pregnant throughout their entire lives. There’s...

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Kennel Cough in Dogs: Symptoms and Treatments

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[video:wistia|zwrsd7cp62|true] Kennel cough—also known as canine infectious respiratory disease (CIRD) or infectious tracheobronchitis—is a highly contagious respiratory disease in dogs. It’s typically spread when a...

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Why Your Dog's Ears Smell and How to Clean Them

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Have you noticed that your dog’s ears smell? This can actually be a sign of a problem in your dog’s ears. Here’s what you need to know about smelly ears in dogs, from what causes the smell to tips for cleaning and preventing...

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What You Need to Know About Raw Food Diets for Dogs

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[video:wistia|89rzklykol|true] You may be considering a raw food diet for your dog for a variety of reasons. Some people want their dog’s food to more closely resemble what their wild ancestors would have eaten (the idea...

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Cat Dieting: How to Help Your Cat Lose Weight

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[video:wistia|vv3kbv2cdd|true] Prior to starting your cat’s weight loss journey, please talk to your veterinarian about how to do this safely. Cat dieting is not as simple as restricting food, and rapid weight loss can be very dangerous....

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How to Get Rid of Dog Pee Smell

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[video:wistia|ix3j09bic5|true] Whether you’re practicing potty training for a new puppy or noticing accidents with an older dog, one thing is certain: that dog urine smell isn’t pleasant. Accidents happen—it’s natural....

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Can Dogs Eat Oranges?

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If your dog has ingested an orange or tangerine or clementine, you may be wondering, “Can dogs eat oranges?” Here’s the good news: Yes, dogs can eat the fleshy part of oranges. While some dogs may not enjoy the acidic taste...

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Which Fruits Can Dogs Eat?

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[video:wistia|2mcztolgiw|true] Dogs are omnivorous, which means that they require a combination of animal and plant material to have a healthy, balanced diet. Dogs can eat some fruits, but other fruits are toxic to dogs, such as grapes...

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Can Dogs Eat Fish?

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[video:wistia|043mcdzl9u|true] Yes, dogs can eat fish. Fish may be found as an essential ingredient in nutritionally-balanced commercial dog foods, or introduced as part of a healthy, home-cooked diet plan for your dog. Fish provides...

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How to Tell If Your Dog Has Worms

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One of the most common concerns that you may face as a dog owner is whether or not your dog has worms. As gross as that thought may be, intestinal worms are pretty common. Here’s what you need to know about worms in dogs: how to tell...

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How to Stop a Dog From Barking

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[video:wistia|hazg4mch1f|true] Barking is a common way for dogs to express their desires to their pet parents and to the world around them. But excessive dog barking can be frustrating and startling—and possibly a sign of an...

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How to Remove a Tick From a Dog

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[video:wistia|r61b4q6q39|true] After any outdoor activity, it’s always a great idea to get in the routine of checking your dog for ticks. This is because ticks can transmit diseases in as little as 24 hours after attachment. Ticks...

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