Hot Weather

Leaving Fido alone in a parked car during warm weather can be deadly. On a warm day, temperatures inside a vehicle can rise rapidly to dangerous levels. On an 85 degree day, for example, the temperature inside a car, even with the windows cracked open, can reach 102 degrees within just 10 minutes, and after 30 minutes the temperature will reach 120 degrees. Even when the temperature outside is a balmy 72 degrees, the temperature inside your car can rocket to a fatal 116 degrees in less than an hour.



Anal Glands, By Dr. Cliff Faver, DVM

Anal glands are actually a scent gland very similar to skunk scent glands. In the wild, they actually function to mark territory as the wild dog has a bowel movement. They also work as a powerful deterrent when predators are chasing them. When scared, the animal will exude the glands in fear, which causes the predator to stop and smell or possibly decide that this animal may not taste so well...

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Teeth Cleaning, By Dr. Cliff Faver, DVM

Let’s start by looking at the basic anatomy of the tooth and supportive tissue and work from there. The basic tooth is held in by the gums, bone, and the periodontal ligament. All of these structures are critical to the health and well-being of the tooth. As the pet matures (usually around three to four years of age), a substance called tartar will start building up on the tooth. Tartar is actually a hard substance formed from saliva, food particles, and bacteria. It takes several years to start forming in the young pet, because the enamel (outer surface of the tooth) is very slick in a young pet; tartar does not adhere to it very well. With the aging and roughening of the enamel, tartar begins to stick. Once tartar starts building up, it will continue to “grow” until it is removed...

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