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Dogs


Beat Heat Stroke

Heat stroke is a deadly condition veterinarians see every summer. It can be caused when an owner leaves his/her pet unattended in a parked vehicle, during strenuous exercise at the hottest time of the day or when a pet is kept outside without access to shade.

Dogs with short muzzles, like pugs, boxers and Boston terriers, and dogs with heavy coats are especially at risk, but even indoor pets may be in danger if the temperature inside is not cool enough. Other predisposing risks include obesity, underlying heart disease and upper airway disorders.


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Expecting a Baby? What You Need to Know If You Have a Dog

For many expectant parents, their first baby was a fur baby. Your dog has gotten used to having all of Mom's and Dad’s attention, and a shift in that attention can mean stress for everyone. Even before the human baby arrives, your dog will sense change is coming, from the physical changes to Mom to changes around the house such as new furniture and strange new baby paraphernalia. Your pup can even sense the excitement and nervousness you may be feeling. The key to having your dog welcome the baby as its new best friend is in the preparation.


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How to Brush Your Dog's Teeth

Establishing an at home dental care routine is an important part of your dog’s overall health. You would never think to go days without brushing your own teeth, and it’s no different for your pets. Here at Animal Hospital of Springfield we recommend brushing your dog’s teeth daily, but a great goal is at least three times a week.


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Hypothermia in Dogs

Winter is in full swing, and that means colder temperatures, sometimes in the extreme. It can be fun playing in the cool, crisp air (and even snow for some parts of the country!) with your dog, but the cold weather also has some potential health risks to your pup. Just as you have to take precautions for your dog in the extreme summertime heat, you also have to plan accordingly during the extreme cold temperatures that can occur in winter.


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Spaying or Neutering Your Pet Benefits Them AND You!

If you grew up in the '80s or ’90s, then you know the highlight of staying home from school sick was watching “The Price is Right.” For over 30 years, Bob Barker signed off with, “Help control the pet population. Have your pet spayed or neutered.” For those who have grown up in the 2000s, Drew Carey has continued the mantra.


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