Cat Declawing Alternatives

As a cat owner, you probably find yourself dealing with scratches to your furniture, your belongings, and maybe yourself sometimes, too. Scratches are just part of having a cat, but they can be overwhelming and difficult to deal with at times.. This is why some cat owners may consider surgery to declaw their cat—but declawing is not a good option! It is a medically unnecessary procedure and Northwoods Vet Clinic  does not endorse it! This surgery is banned in some countries and some states within the U.S. Declawing (medical term: onychectomy)  is the amputation  of the end of the toe
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Kennel Cough in North Charleston, SC

Kennel cough is a generic term for a canine cold. It can be caused by any number of viruses, but the most common culprit of kennel cough is a bacterium known as bordetella bronchiseptica m. This is the reason kennel cough is often simply referred to as Bordetella. Dogs that contract Bordetella are almost always also infected with a virus of some kind. The bacterium is inhaled and, in a healthy dog under ordinary circumstances, would normally be trapped in the mucus lining of your dog’s airways. There are a few factors that increase your dog’s risk of infection in
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Common Poisons for Dogs in North Charleston, SC: Plants, Foods and More

Every year in the United States there are over 200,000 reported instances of pet poisoning. The majority of these come from common poisons for dogs found around the house and yard. What are Some Poisons for Dogs that I Should be Aware of in North Charleston, SC? Here’s a list of things to keep out of your dog’s reach. Foods There’s a lot of food that people enjoy that is unsafe for dogs to ingest. Chocolate Commonly known to be poisonous to dogs, dark or baking chocolate is the most dangerous type for your pup to eat, however all kinds
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