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Thanksgiving Pet Safety Tips

Many of the holiday treats and traditions we love can cause health problems for our pets. Here are some tips to keep your pets safe: Don’t leave wine glasses at snout or tail level. Alcohol is a real problem for pets, and overactive tails could also knock over glasses. Keep cut flowers and centerpieces out […]

Don’t Ignore That Lump

It’s a scary statistic: the Animal Cancer Foundation (ACF) reports that 1 in 4 dogs and 1 in 5 cats will develop cancer in their lifetime. November is Pet Cancer Awareness Month, created by the ACF to raise awareness of the prevalence, symptoms, and treatments for cancer in our companion animals. Just as with people, […]

Halloween Pet Safety Tips

Halloween is a fun and tasty time for people, but many things associated with the holiday can put our pets’ health at risk. Here are a few important tips to keep in mind to make sure your pet stays healthy and happy: Chocolate and xylitol (a sweetener often found in peanut butter and chewing gum) […]

Why Your Vet is Out for Blood

When you bring your pet in for a check-up, chances are the veterinarian will recommend blood work—also known as a blood screening or blood panel. That’s because just like in humans, the cells and chemicals present in your pet’s blood can give the doctor a wealth of clues about what’s happening in various organs in […]

Do You Have a Scaredy Cat or Cowardly Dog?

We understand that many pets are afraid of the vet – but it doesn’t have to be that way! And while we can’t verbally communicate to your furry friends that we are here to help, there are other steps we can take to show them that we are the good guys. At Briargate Boulevard Animal Hospital, […]

October Dental Special

How important is it to take care of your pet’s dental health? By age three, 80 percent of dogs and 70 percent of cats have some evidence of periodontal disease, which can cause mouth pain, tooth loss and make eating difficult. At advanced stages, bacteria from the mouth can enter the bloodstream and cause heart, […]

Benefits of Pet Insurance

We have insurance for ourselves, our cars and our homes, but what about for our beloved pets? They are an important part of your family and a member of your pack—if disasters occur, having your companion animal taken care of with pet insurance provides peace of mind. Proper coverage could save—and extend—the life of your […]

Animal Pain Awareness Month

Your dog, cat, bird or other pet may be a different species, but we all process and feel pain in much the same way. That’s why the International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management has selected September as Animal Pain Awareness Month. In cooperation with veterinary professionals around the world, they hope to bring recognition to […]

World Rabies Day

September 28th is World Rabies Day, which we observe to highlight awareness of this disease and how important it is to get your pet vaccinated. Rabies is an RNA virus of the rhabdovirus family and is a viral infection that is spread mainly from the bite of an infected animal. The rabies virus infects the […]

Take Your Cat to the Vet Day

August 22nd is Take Your Cat to the Vet Day! No joke—there actually is a day set aside to remind us that cats need regular veterinary visits! The reason? According to the American Humane Society our feline companions go to the veterinarian about half as often as dogs. Many people only take their cat to the […]