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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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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What to Know About Dilated Cardiomyopathy in Dogs

A dog resting.

When extensive details regarding a dog’s lifestyle, diet, and genetics are known, we may have a stronger influence on their future health and longevity. As for disease prevention, daily exercise, proper nutrition, and routine medical care all go a long way toward maintaining or improving overall wellness. Unfortunately, there are certain health conditions that, due to genetics or other factors, are unavoidable. 

In cases of dilated cardiomyopathy in dogs, there are some known predictors of this disease. Characterized by the heart’s inability to circulate blood throughout the body, this serious and progressive disease needs immediate and continued intervention.

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Why Is It Important to Walk Your Dog Regularly?

Woman in the city walking her dog.

Walking your dog several times daily provides one obvious benefit. By giving him plenty of chances to pee and poop, he’s less likely to do his business in your house. However, you may not realize that walking your dog also delivers important health benefits. Regular walks can also help your dog to become better socialized.

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What’s Better: Wet or Dry Dog Food?

Poodle dog eating wet food instead of the dry food

We know how overwhelming it can be to choose between the vast array of dog food at any given supermarket or pet store. What might taste great to them might not necessarily meet their nutritional needs. Conversely, what’s best for their life stage might not turn on their taste buds. Dog owners have to contend with the pros and cons of wet food and dry kibble. Don’t worry, your friends at South Seminole Animal Hospital can help you choose.

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Importance of Dental Care for Dogs and Cats

Dachshund dog getting its teeth brushed.

Dental disease in dogs and cats often exists under the radar where it may contribute to potentially serious health conditions. Dental care for dogs and cats is an important element of preventive healthcare that helps avoid secondary health concerns. Your veternarian team at South Seminole Animal Hospital is here to help you understand why oral health is such an important pillar of overall health and wellness.

Dental Risk Factors

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