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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 Valley West and Elk Valley Veterinary Hospitals we recommend brushing your dog’s teeth daily, but a great goal is at least three times a week.


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New Year’s Eve Pet Safety: Hold the Booze

New Year’s Eve can be a tough time for pets. Between the loud fireworks and guests, even the most social pets can feel a little intimidated. One danger you may not have considered is alcohol. In the midst of the festivities, your curious dog or cat may help themselves to someone’s glass and it can make them sick.


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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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Stocking Stuffers for Your Pet

With Christmas right around the corner, it’s time to start thinking about gifts for your loved ones. Sometimes it can be difficult coming up with gift ideas for people, but what about your pets? They’re family, too! They play with you, snuggle, make you laugh, and keep you happy. We can’t forget about them at Christmas time!


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Exploring Bloat in Dogs

Bloat in dogs is an extremely serious and dangerous medical condition that should be treated as a medical emergency. Even mild cases of bloat can turn fatal. Although the causes of bloat are still not clear, the symptoms that occur are fairly consistent and are a sign that you should seek immediate medical attention.


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Is Your Pet Itchy? An Overview of Pet Allergies

Your pets can suffer from allergies just like you can! Allergies can be frustrating to pet owners: persistent scratching, chewing, or licking can lead to skin infections, open sores, and discomfort for your pet. It's important to learn what is causing your pet’s discomfort by getting them the help they need from your veterinarian.


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