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Baby It’s Cold Outside! Pet Safety for Cold Weather

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You’re probably already aware of the risks posed by warm weather and leaving pets in hot cars, but did you know that cold weather also poses serious threats to your pets’ health? Tips to keep your pets safe during cold weather: Winter wellness: Has your pet had his/her preventive care exam (wellness exam) yet? Cold weather may worsen some medical conditions such as arthritis. Your pet should be examined by a veterinarian at least once a year, and it’s as good a time as any to get him/her checked out to make sure (s)he is ready and as healthy as possible for cold weather….

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Coughing and sneezing and itching, Oh my!

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My Dog is Coughing and Sneezing! What could be happening? I do not know about you, but I really suffer from allergies in the Fall. Ragweed, pollen mold… My kids just started coughing and sneezing this week. This started me thinking about similar symptoms in our pets. First, I want to discuss the normal respiratory system in dogs to help everyone get a clearer understanding of what is happening when coughing and sneezing occurs. The respiratory system has a lot of defense mechanisms in place to protect the airway. Think of all the bacteria and debris we inhale in a day….

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Canine Influenza

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    Summer vacation is in full swing and many people are headed out of town to relax.  During your summer fun, Greenbriar is happy to see your furry family member(s) for a stay in our luxury pet resort.  We pride ourselves in keeping up on the latest medical and technological advances to keep your pet(s) safe and comfortable. One of our recent concerns involves canine influenza, a highly contagious respiratory infection that can be fatal to both dogs and cats (the H3N2 strain).  There are two versions: H3N8, first noted in 2004, and H3N2, first noted in 2015.  Both…

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Sugar Substitutes, Beware

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Recently at Greenbriar we had a dog come in for boarding that was being given vitamins unknowingly containing Xylitol. The owner was not aware of the risks to their dog and was so grateful! We wanted to share their story as well as tell you about the risks in giving your canine sugar substitutes. “Chris” at Greenbriar saved our dog’s life!! He noticed that the vitamin supplement we were giving our Lab for his nail issues, was flavored with an artificial sweetener that is poisonous to dogs!  He called to tell us, and we immediately stopped giving the supplement.  Now…

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Jerky Treats From China… Beware!

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For the last year or so, there has been a lot of debate about these Jerky treats imported from China. About a year ago, I saw a case of this myself. I had a dog who was only 2 years old who was having blood work consistent with kidney disease. We took the dog off these treats and it miraculously was cured of kidney disease. THAT WAS THE ONLY TREATMENT. I cannot believe these treats are still on the shelves. Now, it has been learned, the treats contain DEET and amantadine. The treats have still not been pulled off the…

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