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Our Pets!

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Recently one of our staff members, Michelle, got a new puppy! “Moose”is a Bernedoodle, a Bernese Mountain dog mixed with a miniature poodle! Michelle did a lot of research before just purchasing any puppy that she saw. She made sure the breeder she bought him from was respectable as well as doing all of the necessary treatment before letting Moose go home to Michelle.

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Moose has been doing great, he is now 6 months old and he has finished all of his necessary vaccines that puppies should get such as the Rabies, Distemper, and Bordetella vaccines. Michelle has brought him to numerous puppy classes so he can learn basic skills such as sit, lay down, and come. Puppy classes are a great way to get energetic puppies focused as well as socializing them at an early age with other dogs. Moose is one great pup that will be loved for many years to come!

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Healthy Snacks!

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We all love our pets and of course we tend to feel bad and give them extra treats here and there. We think a small piece of cheese here and a little bit of table food there won’t be too bad for them but you’d be surprised at the amount of caloric intake they are getting from those foods.

This chart here can help compare what it would be like if we ingested the same amount of food:

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As you can see one small piece of cheese to them is about 2 1/2 cheeseburgers to us. Always be mindful of what you are treating your dog. There are always healthier alternatives such as carrots, blueberries and bananas which have far less caloric intake than regular table food.

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First Day of Spring!

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Spring has finally arrived, meaning warmer weather and more time for you and your pet to go outside and enjoy the fresh air. Of course you’re not the only ones who will be enjoying this warm up; Fleas, ticks and mosquitos are also starting to come out of hibernation and boy are they hungry! Keep you and your pet safe from vector borne diseases by staying on monthly flea/tick preventative as well as heartworm prevention. All it takes is one of these parasites to transmit disease to your loving pet.
We recently had a patient of ours contract heartworm disease during the winter months this year so be cautious and always have your pet on preventative year round. It is more costly to treat a disease than it is to prevent, so why not always have your pet on some type of preventative? Trust us, your pet, and your wallet, will thank you in the long run.

Dental Health Month

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Dental Health Month 2017 was a success! We had a lot of cats and dogs who received a professional dental cleaning
from our staff. We had a great turn out this year and hope it continues in the years to come!

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A healthy mouth is a happy mouth so remember to brush your cat or dogs teeth regularly to keep up with plaque and tartar build up!

Valentine’s Sweets

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Valentine’s day is a day for love and to exchange sweet treats with one another, even your pet. The treat that you may not want to give your dog today, however, would be chocolate. I know many people know that chocolate is harmful to dogs but do you know what component in the chocolate that makes it so harmful? There is a toxic component of chocolate called theobromine. Humans can break this down fast enough to not cause any effects or toxicity to the body. Dogs, however, break down theobromine at a much slower rate which causes a build-up of the toxic levels in their system. That is why it is so harmful to them especially in large amounts. So be safe this Valentine’s Day, and keep the chocolate to yourself!

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Dental Health Month!

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Oral Care is an important part of your pet’s overall health.
Good news – February is Dental Health Month!

Schedule a dental cleaning during February and receive:
• COMPLIMENTARY pre-anesthetic exam
• FREE pre-anesthetic blood profile
• FREE box of OraVet Chews! (Dogs Only)
• FREE bag of Hill’s t/d dental health diet! (Cats Only)

Admission is on the morning of your pet’s cleaning, and discharge that evening.
Note: In general, tooth extractions are not necessary, but if teeth need removal additional charges apply.

This promotion is available in February only!
Schedule today!

Michelle & Macy

We Love Cats Too!

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Cats, Will You Be Mine?
Our Valentine’s Day gift to cat owners is a “Cats Only!” appointment time every Tuesday from 2pm-6pm beginning on 2/14/17.

Taking your cat to the vet can be stressful so we created a special calm time only for them. Bring your cat in for a wellness exam, vaccines, or any other treatment. If you cannot make this time period we are offering FREE day care admission on Tuesday mornings from 8am. Your cat will receive treatment & be ready for pick up by 7pm.
Call Now! 860-677-4400

Love , Farmington Animal Hospital

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Frequently Asked Questions!

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Does my cat really need to come in yearly for vaccines even though she/he is strictly indoors?

The answer is yes, of course! Even though your cat may stay indoors 100% of the time, it does not mean that bacteria and parasites stay out of your home. We can track in anything in on our shoes and clothes as well as other unwanted guests could come into your home such as mice and bats. Did you know that bats can carry Rabies? That is why having your cat, even your indoor cat, boostered for Rabies is always a good idea. Play it safe, vaccinate your cat yearly!

Food is Medicine!

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Recently Dr. Ducor’s cat Gomez was diagnosed with kidney disease/failure. Dr. Ducor noticed an increase in urination as well as an increase in water intake. He was also not gaining much weight even though he was eating. His urine was very dilute as well as having traces of blood. We ran blood work on Gomez as well as performing an ultrasound and found out that he had renal disease. Renal disease/failure usually results in the kidneys being unable to filter out waste products which then can stay in the body and get into the blood stream causing many complications.

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By changing Gomez’ food to a kidney friendly diet called k/d, Dr. Ducor was able to reverse the effects of renal disease. About a year later, Gomez is still on this diet and his blood work looks better than ever! He has stopped urinating frequently and he has gained at least two pounds! This goes to show that by doing routine blood work, we can catch the start of disease early and treat that disease with something as simple as changing diets.

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