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Puppy Up!  Lake Norman is planning the fourth annual walk.  This year the event will be held at Daveste Vineyards in Troutman on November, 5th from 10:30 – 1:30 pm.  What better way to spend a fall Saturday! Over the last three years the local community has provided support, sponsorship, participation and the ultimate act of kindness in teaming with the Puppy Up Foundation to raise awareness, funds, and continue education in the study of comparative oncology, and the links between canine and human cancer. The Lake Norman community has held raise over $45,000 for the PuppyUp Foundation! And because of this generosity, in June, 2015, the PuppyUp Foundation awarded a $96,000 grant to the University of Wisconsin School of Veterinary Medicine in Madison to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of stereotactic radiation for dogs with bone cancer (osteosarcoma, a cancer that affects dogs and children). The foundation also awarded $100,000 to The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in collaboration with Medical Teaching Hospital at the University of California – Davis. This funding will be used to study NK Cell Therapy for dogs with osteosarcoma (bone cancer). Natural killer cell immunotherapy uses a subset of the dog’s own immune system that is highly effective at killing cancer. Registration starts at 10:30 am and opening ceremonies begin at 11:30 am with the walk immediately following. Goodie bags will be given out to the first 100 preregistered participants.  A fun day of activities are planned: great music, have your photo taken with your pet, visit with our vendors and pizza from Pellegrino’s Trattoria.  All those over 21 who cross the finish line receive a glass of wine or beer from Daveste Vineyards and pets will receive a pupcake compliments of Barks, Bones & Biscuits. Our Grand Marshals for the event are Paula Wilson and Riley Clowers, both of Huntersville.  Paula, a Breast Cancer survivor was diagnosed in 2006.  She learned the value of early detection first hand as her cancer was caught at the earliest possible time. She runs every year in the Susan B. Komen Race for the Cure in Charlotte.  Paula is an example of what can be done to stop cancer in its tracks. Riley Clowers, a Shih Tzu owned by Joe and Suzanne Clowers, has been in remission from Lymphoma for 3 years.  Riley underwent chemotherapy and radiation at Carolina Veterinary Specialist. Following treatment Riley’s vets at The Veterinary Hospital of Davidson have helped keep him healthy.  Today, Riley lives the good life; prancing in the back yard, riding a jet ski, cuddling with humans and being a foodie. Preregistration by November 3rd is $20 per person; free for kids 14 and under; kids must be accompanied by an adult. Registration the day of the walk is $25 per person.For more on the PuppyUp walk or to register, please visit this link or find out more on our Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/PuppyUpLakeNorman.


WAYNE, Pa., Nov. 13, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Wayne Veterinarian Radnor Veterinary Hospital is highlighting the importance of pet dental care as pivotal to the overall health and wellbeing of pets. Just as with humans, oral health is foundational to overall health. It influences the immune system and many of the body’s key organs and functions. Modern technology and innovations can enhance analysis so that preventative measures can be taken. The use of digital pet dental X-rays is extremely valuable in maintaining pet dental health that supports an overall high quality of life.  Digital X-rays for pet dental care have numerous benefits over traditional methods. Traditional film X-rays have been the standard in diagnostic tools, but they are far from perfect. For one, they expose pets to radiation. The X-ray process also takes more time, since the film has to develop. This extends the amount of time that pets must be under anesthesia. In addition to these health risks from traditional X-rays, film-based X-rays are also much more difficult to share with clients, family members or specialists. By contrast, digital X-rays are available immediately and can be easily shared with relevant parties via email on digital devices. A high standard in dental diagnosis and care is crucial to ongoing overall health. If oral health is not maintained, bacterial infections that form at the gum line can invade other parts of the body. In the most extreme cases, severe organ damage can then result. At a minimum, pet wellbeing and comfort can be compromised by dental issues, pain, and the resultant effects on the body’s immune system and overall functioning.   Fortunately, Wayne vet Radnor Veterinary Hospital brings safe, effective digital pet dental X-ray technology to area pets. In addition to the city of Wayne, Radnor Veterinary Hospital also serves the Plymouth Meeting, Bala Cynwyd, King of Prussia, Bryn Mawr, Paoli and Norristown communities. Leonard Donato, VMD, owner of the Radnor Veterinary Hospital, says, “We would like to alert area pet owners about the importance of dental care to overall pet health. We are pleased to be able to bring digital X-ray technology to Wayne area pets.” In addition to high quality pet dental care, the Wayne vet also provides overall wellness evaluations, spay and neuter services, vaccinations, blood work, sample testing, dermatology services, care for exotic animals, senior pet wellness care, and laser therapy for non-invasive pain relief. They also offer surgical services including emergency, orthopedic and routine surgery. Radnor Veterinary Hospital is located at 107 North Aberdeen Avenue in Wayne, Pennsylvania. Those in Wayne and the surrounding communities who wish to book a pet exam for their animals may do so by calling (610) 687-1550. Additional information about their veterinary services may be found on their website at http://www.radnorvet.com/.


News Article | December 11, 2016
Site: globenewswire.com

GREENSBORO, N.C., Dec. 11, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Holiday pet boarding in Greensboro is useful for pet owners traveling and visiting family and friends for the holidays or taking an extended vacation. Beloved pets deserve a safe environment with plenty of special tender loving care as provided by the compassionate staff at West Market Veterinary Hospital. Pet boarding offered at this Greensboro animal hospital offers the highest quality of care, plenty of exercise, and experienced staff who deliver any needed medication and who attend to health needs. Enjoy the holidays with peace of mind when boarding pets with a Greensboro veterinarian at West Market Veterinary Hospital. Pet owners who board pets at West Market Veterinary Hospital can expect a compassionate, full-service boarding experience. Pets benefit from clean, air-conditioned, and heated runs and kennels. They are offered the opportunity to exercise in a covered outdoor space. Pets receive attention and care from the dedicated and experienced staff at West Market Veterinary Hospital. Pets do not have to experience anxiety from isolation when they board at West Market Veterinary Hospital. Pets may become destructive and even run out of the house if left alone at home. Pets with medical conditions or those that require medication benefit from boarding at West Market Veterinary Hospital. Pet owners can select to have boarded pets bathed and groomed during their stay. Their staff can help owners have pets updated on vaccines prior to a boarding experience. “Pets and their owners can expect a positive boarding experience from our professional and friendly veterinary staff,” said Dr. Elizabeth G. Murray. “During the holidays, it is not always possible to travel with pets due to allergies, restrictions, and more. We offer affordable pet boarding in a veterinary hospital where pets can stay comfortable and receive grooming, immediate treatment, and necessary medications if needed. We always consider the special needs of boarding pets and their unique temperaments when they stay with us. We strive to ease any anxiety on the part of pet owners and their pets with our high-quality care.” Dr. Elizabeth G. Murray, DVM and Dr. Ron Murray, DVM, co-owners of West Market Veterinary Hospital, serve pets and their owners in Greensboro and the surrounding areas. Pets can receive needed routine wellness care and major pet surgery at West Market Veterinary Hospital. The range of veterinary services at West Market Veterinary Hospital include wellness exams, dentistry, health maintenance, boarding and grooming, diagnostic services, emergency care, pet surgery, and hospitalization. The compassionate veterinary staff helps furry family members thrive. Call (336) 221-3936 to speak with a knowledgeable associate about holiday pet boarding, any needed vaccinations, or to schedule a stay. Visit http://westmarketvets.com/ for additional details.


TAMPA, Fla., Oct. 30, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The staff at CountryChase Veterinary Hospital continues to give back and help animals in the community as ongoing partners with Florida Parrot Rescue and Florida All Retriever Rescue. CountryChase Veterinary Hospital announces that pet owners who have recently adopted a pet from these rescue organizations are eligible for a complementary wellness exam to ensure the health of their pet. CountryChase Veterinary Hospital has partnered with Florida Parrot Rescue for the last eight years and Florida All Retriever Rescue for three years. Pet owners considering a rescue dog or parrot can turn to these pet rescue organizations for a loving new pet. These rescue organizations are eligible for discounted veterinary care from CountryChase Veterinary Hospital, which makes it possible for rescued pets to receive necessary veterinary care. Florida Parrot Rescue is a 501c3 non-profit dedicated to avian rescue. The organization helps in the rehabilitation and placement of companion parrots throughout Florida. Rescue birds are given a full check-up with either a physical with blood work or a physical with a fecal gram stain and cultures. Prospective pet owners may choose from parrots, dogs or cats at Florida Parrot Rescue. Florida All Retriever Rescue rescues, fosters and finds homes for homeless dogs throughout Florida. Located in Tampa Bay, the organization is 100% volunteer-based, 501c3 non-profit. Their organization has a special focus on retriever breeds, such as Labradors, Goldens, Flat Coats, Curly Coats, and Duck Tollers. Prior to adoption, all dogs are spayed or neutered, up-to-date on shots and heartworm tested. They have the lowest adoption fees of any rescue in the Tampa Bay area and may be contacted directly about adoption or fostering a rescue dog. “We want all rescued animals to continue to be safe and healthy,” said Dr. Melissa Smith. “We have worked closely for years with Florida Parrot Rescue and Florida All Retriever Rescue to ensure that all new pet owners can receive needed services to maintain the health of a new or rehomed pet. We suggest that prospective pet owners look to these quality rescue organizations for their next pet and take advantage of our veterinarian services to keep pets healthy.” Dr. Melissa Smith, veterinarian at CountryChase Veterinary Hospital, a full-service, AAHA accredited medical, surgical and dental veterinary clinic, serves residents of West Tampa, Westchase, Citrus Park, Oldsmar and the surrounding communities. Veterinarians and staff are committed to providing personalized care to pets and their owners to ensure the health of a beloved pet. Services at CountryChase Veterinary Hospital include routine preventative care, laboratory services, medical and dental digital radiographs, in house ultrasound, pet surgery, integrative medicine, Class IV laser, and pet dentistry. Call (813) 814-1814 to learn more about the pet rescue partnerships, or to schedule an appointment for veterinary services such as microchips or vaccines. Visit http://countrychasevets.com/ for more details about this veterinary hospital.


News Article | October 8, 2016
Site: www.techtimes.com

Cats' whiskers are there for a purpose: they navigate the animal, indicate their mood and help them sense the impending danger, notes a researcher from University of Melbourne's U-Vet Veterinary Hospital (UMUVH). A dozen of whiskers are found arranged in four neat rows on the cheeks of cats and a few on their eyebrows, chin, wrists and front paws. Dr. Leonie Richards, head of general practice from UMUVH said that though the whiskers are on different sites they serve the same purpose. They help the cats in sensing as well as give them an understanding on where they are located spatially. The whiskers that are made up of keratin do not have any nerves and therefore they don't have any "feel" as such. However, the point where the whiskers end up on the animal's body is packed with nerve fibers and fed with a rich supply of blood making the whisker a good "sensory organ," added the researcher. Whiskers that are scientifically called as vibrissae, meaning "vibrate" in Latin, are capable of sensing airflow, touch and vibration. They are helpful for the animal in judging if a particular space is sufficient enough to pass through. The whiskers also guide cats in the dark to sense the obstacles on the way just like fingers as touch receptors for humans. The whiskers are also used to detect the airflow in the dark to find if they are close to a wall or sort. On the other hand, when the prey is caught, the whiskers on the back of the paw help the cats sense where the food is present in the feet as the animal is naturally short-sighted. "With a normal cat the whiskers will span out as far as their body can squeeze through," said Richards, as reported by Science Daily via the University of Melbourne. "If it's a really obese cat then they're not as useful. That's another reason to keep your cat slim -- so they don't get stuck!" If the whiskers are cut, the cats could feel disoriented because it might become harder for them to sense and access the surroundings. However, the whiskers grow back again in months once cut and they are also sometimes shed naturally. Whiskers also indicate the mood of the cat: droopy and relaxed whiskers indicate that the cat is calm and happy. "If the whiskers are pinned back up against its face it can mean they're quite fearful," said, Richards. "Straight forward can mean they're angry." © 2017 Tech Times, All rights reserved. Do not reproduce without permission.


WAYNE, Pa., Nov. 06, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Pets need to stay up to date on important vaccinations to retain additional protection against serious diseases, reports Radnor Veterinary Center. Ensure the health of a beloved pet with important vaccinations and immunization against rabies, distemper and bordetella for dogs and feline viral rhinotracheitis in cats. It is necessary to take pets in for necessary vaccinations and important to discuss other preventative shots for outdoor exposure and boarding. Rabies vaccinations are legally required for dogs and cats. In addition, pet owners need to take preventative measures to ensure their pet’s wellbeing and protect them from potentially deadly pet diseases and bacterial infections. A vaccination serves as an immunity booster to safeguard a pet’s health. Trace amounts of a virus are introduced to encourage the immune system to build up immunity against common and serious animal diseases. There are a number of core vaccinations required for dogs. The law requires rabies vaccines, but other core vaccinations dogs need for boarding or daycare include distemper, parvovirus and bordetella. Cats should also receive important core vaccinations to avoid contracting feline-specific respiratory illness and immune system infections. Core cat vaccinations include rabies, feline viral rhinotracheitis, feline calcivirus and feline panleukopenia. Pets may be exposed to other risks, especially if they spend time outdoors. Other preventative shots may be recommended. Some exotic pets may also face potential risks and may benefit from preventative vaccinations. Birds need to undergo special testing prior to boarding. It is best to speak with a trusted veterinarian to determine potential risk and exposure to additional diseases or infections. “All responsible pet owners need to be aware of the necessary and suggested vaccinations that can maintain the health of a beloved pet,” said Leonard Donato, VMD and owner. “As an experienced vet, I educate pet owners on the types of vaccinations that a pet requires depending on activity, age, law and exposure. Many deadly animal diseases and infections can be prevented with necessary core vaccinations and updates. Vaccination maintains the health and happiness of companion animals and reduces the need for potentially expensive veterinary treatment of serious diseases.” Leonard Donato, VMD and owner at Radnor Veterinary Hospital, serves pets and their owners in Wayne, Bala Cynwyd, Plymouth Meeting and Paoli. Their staff offers the highest level of veterinary care to area pets and offers preventative, medical and surgical veterinary services. Veterinarians at Radnor Veterinary Hospital offer compassionate services including comprehensive wellness exams, vaccinations, dental care, laser therapy, digital radiography, dental radiography, orthopedic and endoscopic surgery, emergency care, dog licensing and prescription diets. An in-house laboratory, daycare and boarding assist pet owners and their pets. Veterinary services are available six days a week. Call (610) 687-1550 to learn more about vaccinations, schedule an appointment for vaccination or visit http://radnorvet.com/.


LAS VEGAS, Feb. 05, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- In honor of National Pet Dental Month, pet owners and their felines can benefit from All About Cats Veterinary Hospital discounted dental services till March 31st. The staff offers high-quality dental care and specialized attention to cats and their owners. Dental disease can go beyond making eating and grooming difficult, and may negatively affect other areas of a cat’s health. Discounts on dental services such as dental exams, checkups, and cleanings make it more affordable for pet owners to address dental needs in a beloved pet. The veterinary team at All About Cats Veterinary Hospital are dedicated to supporting the needs of Las Vegas cats and their owners. Periodontal disease is the most frequently seen dental issue veterinarians address in cats. According to the American Veterinary Dental Society, more than 7 in every 10 cats will have symptoms of periodontal disease by the age of three. Many pet owners think that bad kitty breath is normal. However, bad breath might be an early warning sign of dental disease. Other symptoms include red or swollen gums, pus surrounding the teeth, unusual pawing at the face, drooling, and yellow deposits on teeth. Unaddressed plaque buildup may develop into tartar, becoming a breeding ground for bacteria and creating rough surfaces that invite additional bacteria growth and buildup. In response, the feline immune system may respond with gum inflammation and deeper pockets may develop that allow bacteria to get under the gums and loosen the gums’ hold on a pet’s teeth. Gingivitis can advance to periodontitis, resulting in potential gum infections and loose or decaying teeth. A feline dental exam and cleaning involves the removal of plaque and tartar during anesthesia. This allows any developing pockets to lessen and perform their necessary functions, including being a barrier for bacteria and toxins from entering the bloodstream. X-rays also provide necessary information about the health of teeth. “Pet owners need to be concerned about the cat’s dental health and understand how to prevent periodontal disease,” said Dr. Terri Koppe. “Pet owners can avoid symptoms of periodontal disease in kittens and cats with regular cleanings and exams. Our promotion provides additional incentive for pet owners to address any outstanding dental needs and maintain a cat’s good oral health.” Dr. Alissa McCormick, Dr. Terri Koppe, Dr. Cathy Berquist and Dr. Laura Klaassen, the veterinarians at All About Cats Veterinary Hospital, serve cats and owners in and around Las Vegas at this feline-only veterinary hospital. The staff caters to the specific needs and health concerns of cats with compassionate and high-quality veterinary care. Services include cat dental examinations and cleanings, vaccinations, and annual exams. Call (702) 257-3222 to learn more about feline dental health and receive discounted dental services at All About Cats Veterinary Hospital. Visit http://allaboutcatsonline.com/ for more information.


News Article | December 11, 2016
Site: globenewswire.com

LAS VEGAS, Dec. 11, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- In the last 15 years of practice, Dr. Terri Koppe of All About Cats Veterinary Hospital has made advancements in the services and technology offered at this feline-only animal hospital. Included in these updates is her completion of advanced training and added new equipment for updated feline endoscopy services, which puts pets at a decreased risk and requires less recovery time. "I opened All About Cats in 2001," Dr. Koppe says, because "in a feline-only environment, cats are among friends who understand their needs and the causes of their problems.” Dr. Cathy Berquist received training and has developed their feline acupuncture program. This treatment is soothing to felines and can alleviate dermatological problems, gastrointestinal issues, and respiratory problems. Other concerns such as pain relief, urinary health, fatigue and even behavioral disorders can also be addressed through acupuncture, which has been a popular and effective service. Long-time patients and clients of All About Cats Veterinary Hospital can attest to the updates that have taken place to the facility over the last 15 years. They have remodeled their clinic by installing new flooring, repainted the exterior and interior, and have recently expanded their parking lot to more easily accommodate their clients. With the great success of their pet boarding offerings, they remodeled their boarding room last year by adding additional pet quarters, a larger play room, and new décor. Both Dr. Berquist and Dr. McCormick have completed advanced dentistry training to hone their feline surgical techniques. They routinely perform full mouth dental X-rays to feline patients and administer local anesthetic blocks when extractions are necessary. Feline extractions can be difficult to accomplish, and having doctors who get the appropriate training and feline experience is key to a more comfortable procedure with fewer associated risks. All About Cats Veterinary Hospital continues to grow as they’ve added their fourth veterinarian this year, Dr. Laura Klaassen. She’s an ambitious member of their team who is currently completing a certification track in feline specialty by the American Board of Veterinary Practitioners. All About Cats Veterinary Hospital continues to be a supporter of Heaven Can Wait Animal Society. They are a collection site for donations and they provide discounted services to cats who are being prepared for adoption by this organization. Current specials which celebrate the fifteenth anniversary of this feline-only pet hospital include complimentary exams for new adoptions of shelter cats; free second opinion exams for new patients whose owners have written records from another veterinarian in the previous three months; and a kitten wellness package covering multiple visits. All About Cats Hospital is open Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. More information and appointment scheduling is available by calling (702) 257-3222 or by contacting the clinic online at http://allaboutcatsonline.com/.


WINNIPEG, Manitoba, Jan. 03, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Southglen Veterinary Hospital has announced the availability of innovative treatments to reduce stress reactions in cats. Feline pets tend to be highly sensitive to stress, especially during holidays or any time there is transition or change. Dr. M. Sra and the staff at Southglen Veterinary Hospital are committed to assisting clients in managing behavioral problems in their feline friends. As a general rule, cats tend to be more prone to stress than other domestic animals like dogs. The signs of stress in cats often manifest at times of the year when routines change such as during the holidays. Stress reactions in cats can take the form of urinary issues, undesirable behavior and other health problems. Dr. M. Sra of Southglen Veterinary Hospital explains, “Cats tend to love routine and exhibit more signs of stress the moment anything challenges their routine. These health effects and behavioral changes can in turn add stress to a family household. We offer some of the top solutions for reducing feline stress in non-invasive ways.” Over the years, veterinary medicine has developed a number of products to assist cats and their owners in navigating through stressful times with as little disruption as possible. The Southglen Veterinary Hospital offers Feliway products such as pheremone spray, which is clinically proven to eliminate or reduce a range of behavioral issues in cats triggered by stress. Feliway wipes can assist as-needed when stress and stress reactions flare up unexpectedly around the home. For a more comprehensive solution, the Comfort Zone Feliway wall diffuser offers a continuous calming and comforting effect for cats in a home environment. This can make all the difference during a time of transition or change. Nutriceuticals for cats are another effective method of treating environmental stress in cats from the inside out. Nutriceuticals are nutritional supplements or dietary supplements that are sometimes referred to as medicinal foods or functional foods. The term “nutriceuticals” was coined by Dr. Stephen DeFelice, chairman and founder of the Foundation of Innovation in Medicine in 1989. The word refers to a suite of food products with properties that provide health or medical benefits including the treatment and prevention of illness. While nutriceuticals products were originally made for humans, healing foods and supplements are now also available for pets as well. In the case of cats who are prone to stress, augmenting their healing protocol with nutraceuticals can help to manage stress reactions in a holistic manner. Since nutraceuticals contain herbal, raw and botanical components, they are safer and more natural for pets than medications. The Southglen Veterinary Hospital is located at V-730 St. Anne's Road in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Cat owners interested in learning more about stress reduction solutions for cats can call (204) 452-0077 or visit the Southglen Veterinary Hospital website.


WINNIPEG, Manitoba, June 26, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Southglen Veterinary Hospital of Winnipeg, Manitoba warns area pet owners about an increased risk of Lyme disease transmitted by ticks. There have been unprecedented numbers of reported cases in the province in both people and animals. Winnipeg Veterinarian Southglen Veterinary Hospital is offering key treatments and preventative measures for Lyme disease. It is reported the ticks are being carried to the area by songbirds and migratory water fowl. Flight paths have changed for these birds, routing them over Manitoba more frequently. In the past, Lyme disease has been mainly associated with the U.S., with some cases in Ontario. The warmer winters may have contributed to higher numbers of ticks in Manitoba. Lyme vaccination paired with tick prescription preventives is the best means of preventing Lyme disease in dog patients. Pet owners should always take care in inspecting their pets for ticks. Southglen Veterinary Hospital recommends annual testing for Lyme disease, left untreated it will cause permanent joint discomfort and potentially organ damage in pets. Southglen Veterinary Hospital is pleased to offer their Preventative Wellness Profile for canines. Dogs up to seven years of age can be tested Heartworm, and three tick borne illnesses, Lyme disease, Anaplasmosis and Ehrlichiosis. This diagnostic package includes a complete blood count, assessing the red and white blood cells, screening for anemia, infection, inflammation, platelet count and quality. A blood chemistry is also performed evaluating organ function and electrolytes. Dogs over seven years old will receive the same panel along with thyroid and pancreas assessment. Dr. M. Sra, owner of Southglen Veterinary Hospital, reports, “We have seen record numbers of positive Lyme disease cases in the Winnipeg area. However, awareness of the risks is the first step; with preventative measures as well as diagnostics, when needed, you can reduce your pet’s chances of being adversely affected by Lyme disease. Our Preventative Care Profile is an essential tool in our toolkit supporting a long and healthy for our dog patients.” Southglen Veterinary Hospital is located at V-730 St. Anne's Road in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada. Those in the public who wish to receive more information or book an appointment may do so by calling (204) 452-0077. Additional information about the clinic is available on their website at http://www.southglenvethospital.ca/.

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