A Dog Owner’s Guide to Year-Round Brown Ticks in Florida

Veterinarian removing a tick from the Cocker Spaniel dog

When it comes to experiencing sheer horror, it’s hard to compete with discovering a tick firmly attached to a dog’s skin. Owners should remove ticks as soon as possible, but rushing this process can increase danger. 

Being prepared for ticks is simply part of responsible dog ownership in Florida. There’s a lot of prep to deter ticks, but it’s also necessary to conduct daily checks and recognize the signs of tick-borne disease for dogs.

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Health Benefits of Spaying and Neutering Your Pet

cat after surgery.

As a pet owner, you’ve likely heard about the importance of spaying and neutering surgery for dogs and cats. These procedures prevent unwanted litters and help to reduce pet overpopulation. But did you know that there are even more benefits to expect from spaying and neutering pets? Discover some of the health benefits associated with spaying and neutering surgery for cats and dogs:

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Signs and Risks of Dental Problems in Dogs and Cats

dog and cat dental.

No one likes dog breath, and tuna breath isn’t so great either. Dental disease is a real problem for our pets. South Seminole Animal Hospital wants to be sure that you understand dental care for dogs and cats so that you can enjoy them, breath and all. 

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How to Help Your Dog Cope with Separation Anxiety

puppy looking out the window.

So many dogs suffer from separation anxiety. You are their whole world, and when you leave, it falls apart—even if just for ten minutes. Tell them not to fret, though. Learn how to treat separation anxiety in dogs from your pet experts at South Seminole Veterinary Hospital

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Avoiding Festive Foods that Cause Pancreatitis in Dogs

corgi dog begging for table food during christmas dinner.

The holiday season is a time for indulgence, but while we may enjoy the feast, our furry friends may not be so lucky. At South Seminole Animal Hospital, we often see a spike in pancreatitis cases during this time. While the holidays are full of delicious treats, it’s important to know which festive foods can harm your dog’s health.

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Common Gastrointestinal Disorders in Dogs: Causes and Solutions

sad dog looking out the window.

When you have a dog with an upset stomach, it can be unpleasant for both you and your pet. Vomiting, diarrhea, and decreased appetite in pets can have many potential causes. It’s not necessarily easy to tell all the time what the underlying issue is, but South Seminole Animal Hospital thinks it is important for pet owners to understand some common causes of tummy trouble and know when to worry and when to wait it out. 

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Hypothyroidism and Cushing’s Disease in Dogs

pomeranian wearing glasses sitting near stethoscope.

The endocrine system is responsible for the production of important hormones that stimulate specific responses all over the body. These hormones help the body function effectively. Any slight deviation can affect the delicate balance of hormone production. Perhaps the most recognizable disease affecting the endocrine system is diabetes mellitus. However, hypothyroidism and Cushing’s disease in dogs are among the most common health conditions facing canines today. 

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Treatment Options for Environmental Allergies in Cats and Dogs Living in Florida

gray cat smelling  dandelion.

Environmental allergies in cats and dogs may spike seasonally, but symptoms can also persist year-round. Mold, dust mites, and pollen are common allergens that trigger incessant scratching, licking, ear infections, and, let’s face it, overall misery. How do pet owners help their allergic pets cope with atopy, or atopic dermatitis? It’s not always easy or straightforward, but there are specific strategies to treat and soothe the skin, reduce triggers, and increase comfort. 

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Warning Signs of UTIs in Cats and Treatment

cat drinking water.

Going to the bathroom without incident is something many cat owners take for granted. Their cats simply enter their boxes, conduct important business, and hop out afterwards. While their cats may have strong opinions about the litter quality and scooping schedule, their bathroom habits are relatively uneventful. Unfortunately, not all cats experience such relief and satisfaction. Urinary issues in cats are fairly common, and the warning signs of UTIs in cats are worth recognizing and treating. 

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Protecting Your Pet from Fleas, Ticks, and Heartworms

beagle dog scratching itself behind ear.

When it comes to parasite prevention in pets, a strong offensive is truly the best method for safeguarding a pet’s health. As fleas, ticks, and heartworm-carrying mosquitoes launch their attacks this summer, it’s vital to be prepared. 

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