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Helpful Tips

This page is full of helpful information to keep your pets happy and healthy.

This is not to take the place of advice for your veterinarian. 

Health Information

Remember to keep your pets updated on:

  • Vaccines

  • Heartworm Prevention

  • Flea and Tick Prevention

Here is a list of toxic/ dangerous food items you should not give your pet:​

  • Xylitol (Artificial Sweetener)

  • Avocados

  • Garlic 

  • Onions

  • Chocolate

  • Coffee (Caffeine)

  • Cooked Chicken / Fish Bones

  • Grapes / Raisins

  • Macadamia Nuts

  • Potato Skins / Raw Potatoes

  • Dairy Products

  • Alcohol

  • Rawhide



At Home Grooming Tips

  • Use a slicker brush and push the hair back to reach the roots. (Brush your dog regularly.)

  • Always brush your dog before and after getting them wet to prevent matting.

  • Don't forget to brush under a collar, harness, and/or sweater.

  • Nail trims should be done every 3-4 weeks to receed the quick.

Click Here for Information on Dematting and Ear Hemotomas

Vaccine Information

Canine Distemper is a highly contagious viral disease. Respiratory, gastrointestinal, and nervous systems may be affected by this virus.

Canine Parvovirus is a highly contagious viral disease that attacks white blood cells and the gastrointestinal tract of dogs.

Infectious Canine Hepatitis is a viral infection that attacks the liver. This may be spread through urine, feces, saliva, or discharge.

Rabies is an incurable viral disease that affects the central nervous system and is spread through contact with the saliva of an infected animal through a break in the skin. 

Canine Cough (Kennel Cough) is commonly caused by the bordetella bacteria. Transmission is through airborne droplets from other dogs coughing or sneezing. This can be transmitted anywhere, even in your own yard.

Leptospirosis is a bacterial disease of animals and humans spread through urine. It is commonly acquired through contaminated water.


Numbers to Know

 ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center:


Happy Tails Veterinary Emergency Clinic:


Carolina Veterinary Specialists: 


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