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Today is National Mutt Day! This day was founded by Colleen Paige in 2005 with the purpose of embracing, supporting, and saving all types of mixed breed dogs. Unfortunately, mutts fall into the biggest percentage of euthanized dogs due to the constant over breeding and public desire of pure bred dogs. National Mutt Day is celebrated twice a year to raise awareness of the plight of mixed breed dogs in shelters around the nation ...
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It is usual for people to talk about having a family member diagnosed with diabetes, but what about when it is a furry family member who is diagnosed with diabetes? Actually, diabetic dogs are not as unusual as people may think. Studies show that the number of diabetic dogs has tripled in the last thirty years and that the disease progresses 46% faster in dogs than in humans. Furthermore, 50% of diagnosed dogs ...
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Joyce and Gene Laiken were surprised when their family took them to a pet shop seven years ago. That may have been the best surprise they’ve ever received because that is the day Louie, a now 7 ½ year old tri colored beagle, joined their family. Three years later, in December 2010, the couple noticed Louie wasn’t acting like himself. He became lethargic and went several weeks without eating properly, and began to ...
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Annie is a 9 1/2 year-old spayed female mixed breed dog.  She can easily be described as a very feisty girl bursting with personality.  She is also very obedient according to her “mom” Alina.  Which is why it was very surprising that Annie ran into the street and was hit by a car on Friday, June 27th.  She presented to MVS on emergency immediately after being struck by the car—fortunately her “grandparents” ...
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For over 50 years, The United States has recognized March as Poison Prevention Awareness Month. In 2012, the ASPCA's Animal Poison Control Center received over 180,000 phone calls from frantic pet owners trying to aid their poisoned pet. Most of these calls were regarding: Plants - From the oranges in your kitchen to the lilies in your yard, more than 700 plants have been identified as hazardous to pets. Chemicals - Household cleaning items can threaten ...
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Every year, the United Nations celebrates and recognizes volunteerism through the world. Last year alone, 64.5 million volunteers in the United States did their part in giving back to their community.  Join Miami Veterinary Specialists in recognizing the agents of change in our community, and check out some of the many ways that you can become involved. South Florida Veterinary Foundation The South Florida Veterinary Foundation works toward increasing the access of quality veterinary ...
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With spring and summer vacations around the corner, people are certainly thinking about where they’d like to head next and as a pet owner, you may have a few more things to consider.  A recent survey by DogTrekker.com found that while it's getting easier to travel with dogs, dog owners still say expensive fees, a poor selection of pet-friendly hotels, lack of information about where to go with their dogs, and difficulty ...
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Did you know that geography plays a role in differences in cancer in our dogs and cats? These differences can be attributed mostly to environmental factors and detection rates between regions. Dr. Karen Oberthaler recently moved here from New York City and has noticed some significant differences in her patients.  For example, because Florida is conducive to sunbathing (for people and pets!), Dr. Oberthaler sees more UV-induced tumors here.  White cats get squamous ...
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Unfortunately, obesity isn’t just an issue among humans in this country, but also among our furry and fluffy friends.  In fact, recent reports have estimated that more than 50 percent of pets are now overweight. Obesity can be caused by hormonal problems or genetics, but most often contributing factors include increasingly sedentary lifestyles, too many snacks and calorie-rich food. This can lead to serious problems, as animals who are overweight are more likely ...
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  According to The Book of Times: From Seconds to Centuries, a Compendium of Measures, a new book by Leslie Alderman, the average pet owner spends just about 40 minutes with their pet each day.  While the amount of money spent on pets has increased significantly over the past decade, from $28.5 billion in 2001 to $53 million in 2012, the amount of time we spend with our pets has remained around 40 minutes for the last several ...
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