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Preventing Unnecessary Over-Vaccination in Dogs and Cats

What does over-vaccination even mean? Surprisingly, I’m not talking about the number of vaccines given during one visit. Because sometimes your pet really needs all of the vaccines! It is not ideal to administer too many vaccines in one visit. Nobody likes that many jabs. However, that doesn’t count as over-vaccination. Over-vaccination occurs in 2 situations: your pet receives unnecessary vaccines, or your pet receives necessary vaccines too often. Unfortunately, many veterinarians don’t understand the duration of immunity (DOI) or risk-benefit analysis. Don’t let your vet over-vaccinate your pet due to your lack of education on the matter.

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Ultimate Guide to Understanding Vaccinology in Dogs and Cats

Ultimate Guide to Understanding Vaccinology in Dogs and Cats

*Vaccines protect against disease by fooling the immune system into thinking the pet has been infected.

*Maternal antibodies destroy vaccines just as effectively as they destroy real pathogens.

*Vaccine titers don’t tell you if your pet is protected against disease, and therefore are a waste of money in all but very specific circumstances (ones that have never come up in my career).

*Adjuvants can kill cats, but there are non-adjuvanted cat vaccines available.

*Modified Live Vaccines last a REALLY long time because they stimulate cell-mediated immunity, but killed and recombinant vaccines do not.

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Cute picture of dogs with a background of a rustic painted wood heart that serves no purpose

Winter 2024 Newsletter

In the winter 2024 edition, we unveiled our new website packed with services, products, information, and soon online courses too! We’re celebrating February’s National Dog Training Month with group classes starting in March.

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Fall 2023 Newsletter

Fall 2023 Newsletter

I’m writing on a gorgeous fall day and planning multiple outdoor adventures with my dogs. Our Dog Walk Club is back in action after a HOT HUMID summer- it’s much nicer out now. Come join us for a Sunday afternoon walk and hang out with fellow dog lovers.

Reminder that our Professional Pet Sitting and Dog Walking Service is up and running! You’ll need to book soon for the holidays- reservations are filling up fast. Marie, our Pet Sitting Manager, also reminds everyone that part time Professional Pet Sitter positions are open in Sanford.

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Animal Behavior & Training

Preventing Unnecessary Over-Vaccination in Dogs and Cats

What does over-vaccination even mean? Surprisingly, I’m not talking about the number of vaccines given during one visit. Because sometimes your pet really needs all of the vaccines! It is not ideal to administer too many vaccines in one visit. Nobody likes that many jabs. However, that doesn’t count as over-vaccination. Over-vaccination occurs in 2 situations: your pet receives unnecessary vaccines, or your pet receives necessary vaccines too often. Unfortunately, many veterinarians don’t understand the duration of immunity (DOI) or risk-benefit analysis. Don’t let your vet over-vaccinate your pet due to your lack of education on the matter.

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Ultimate Guide to Understanding Vaccinology in Dogs and Cats

Ultimate Guide to Understanding Vaccinology in Dogs and Cats

*Vaccines protect against disease by fooling the immune system into thinking the pet has been infected.

*Maternal antibodies destroy vaccines just as effectively as they destroy real pathogens.

*Vaccine titers don’t tell you if your pet is protected against disease, and therefore are a waste of money in all but very specific circumstances (ones that have never come up in my career).

*Adjuvants can kill cats, but there are non-adjuvanted cat vaccines available.

*Modified Live Vaccines last a REALLY long time because they stimulate cell-mediated immunity, but killed and recombinant vaccines do not.

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Dog wearing a shock collar and a prong collar showing clear signs of distress.

Dog Training Insanity

Annika and I were enjoying a nice walk at Whitehall Trail in Southern Pines one Sunday when we were ambushed by the same 3 dogs 5 times within an hour. The dogs were wearing shock collars and boy, did they ever get shocked. A lot. Yet they kept performing the undesired behaviors. Why? Because punishment is a crazy and ineffective way to train dogs.

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Medical Causes of Pet Behavior Problems

Medical Causes of Pet Behavior Problems

The significance of a holistic approach in treating these issues cannot be overstated. It is crucial to understand that pet behavior is not just a matter of training or discipline but is often deeply intertwined with their physical health. Recognizing this connection is the first step toward effective treatment.

The importance of thorough diagnostic approaches, including physical examinations, blood tests, imaging, and behavioral assessments, has been highlighted as key to uncovering the root causes of behavioral issues. These diagnostic tools are essential in differentiating between medical and purely behavioral problems and form the basis for a targeted treatment plan.

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How to Solve Your Pet’s Behavior Problem

How to Solve Your Pet’s Behavior Problem

Unwanted behavior is a top cause for pets to be relinquished, rehomed, or euthanized. Dealing with a pet that has a behavior problem can be frustrating or even unsafe. Unfortunately, there is a lot of misinformation about approaching the treatment of behavior problems in pets. Some of this misinformation can cause the behavior problem to worsen.

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How to Use Science to Make Dog Training Easy

How to Use Science to Make Dog Training Easy

In this post, you will learn how to use science to make dog training easy. There are lots of theories about dog training, but only one method has been scientifically proven to work the best- positive reinforcement. I use dogs as examples in this blog but the truth is that positive reinforcement works for any species- even humans. You’ll learn the basic principles of dog training and how to get your dog, cat, or even child to do what you want. You can even improve yourself with positive reinforcement.

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Dog and Cat Veterinary Care

Preventing Unnecessary Over-Vaccination in Dogs and Cats

What does over-vaccination even mean? Surprisingly, I’m not talking about the number of vaccines given during one visit. Because sometimes your pet really needs all of the vaccines! It is not ideal to administer too many vaccines in one visit. Nobody likes that many jabs. However, that doesn’t count as over-vaccination. Over-vaccination occurs in 2 situations: your pet receives unnecessary vaccines, or your pet receives necessary vaccines too often. Unfortunately, many veterinarians don’t understand the duration of immunity (DOI) or risk-benefit analysis. Don’t let your vet over-vaccinate your pet due to your lack of education on the matter.

Read More »
Ultimate Guide to Understanding Vaccinology in Dogs and Cats

Ultimate Guide to Understanding Vaccinology in Dogs and Cats

*Vaccines protect against disease by fooling the immune system into thinking the pet has been infected.

*Maternal antibodies destroy vaccines just as effectively as they destroy real pathogens.

*Vaccine titers don’t tell you if your pet is protected against disease, and therefore are a waste of money in all but very specific circumstances (ones that have never come up in my career).

*Adjuvants can kill cats, but there are non-adjuvanted cat vaccines available.

*Modified Live Vaccines last a REALLY long time because they stimulate cell-mediated immunity, but killed and recombinant vaccines do not.

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Beautiful young healthy feline received the cat basic wellness package in the comfort of home.

Don’t Make These Common Mistakes When Feeding Your Cats

Mistakes feeding cats are generally due to a lack of knowledge about how our feline friends evolved and became domesticated. Feeding cats in an evolutionarily, biologically, and behaviorally appropriate way improves their health and well-being. An added bonus is that they are less likely to develop behavior problems that are annoying, dangerous, or can even lead to the cat’s euthanasia.

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What does screening lab work do for your pet?

What Screening Lab Work Can Do For Your Pet

When it comes to the health and well-being of our beloved furry companions, we often want to go above and beyond to ensure their safety. However, there are instances where certain medical procedures or tests may not be necessary, especially for young and healthy animals. In this blog post, we aim to shed light on why a Complete Blood Count (CBC), Chemistry Profile, and Urinalysis may not be indicated as a prerequisite for anesthesia or as a baseline for such animals. By understanding the rationale behind these recommendations, we can make informed decisions about our pets’ healthcare.

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Chronic Kidney Disease in Cats

While CKD is a progressive and potentially fatal disease, we can do a LOT to slow the progression and improve your pet’s quality of life, especially with early intervention. In the early stages, many cats do not have any symptoms, and we have diagnosed the disease because of lab work results. It takes 66% of kidney function to be lost by the time we can see decreased urine concentration. And by the time we see elevations in the BUN, creatinine, and SDMA, over 75% of kidney function is already lost. So when we say “early” disease, we are actually being quite ridiculous, as so much kidney function is already gone. Unfortunately, there is nothing we can do to reverse the lost function. But there is a lot we can do to preserve existing function and protect the kidneys from further damage.

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