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5 Signs Your Dog or Cat May Need a Dental Cleaning

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Bad Breath Dental plaque and tartar harbor millions of bacteria. These bacteria cause that horrible smell when your pet goes to give you kisses. Contrary to the myth, a dog’s mouth is NOT the cleanest part of their body.   Reluctance to eat, especially dry food When tartar builds up below the gum line where we can’t see it, it can make the gums irritated and painful. This may lead your pet to not to want to crunch on food they usually enjoy or they may not play with toys they usually play with.   Excessive drooling When the mouth…

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Doggy-Nog Holiday Dog Treat

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Doggy-nog recipe Traditional eggnog isn’t safe for dogs, but with some clever changes, they can enjoy this holiday treat alongside you. (Note: You probably won’t like it, though.) 16 ounces (454 g) of plain, organic yogurt (low fat) 1 chicken breast (boiled, unseasoned) 1/4 cup (40 g) of green beans 1/4 cup (113 g) of carrots 1/2 cup (100 g) sweet potatoes (steamed) or pumpkin puree (plain) 1 egg 1 1/2 (355 ml) cups water Put everything in a blender or food processor and blend until it’s completely smooth and frothy. Then pour into bowls and serve! Source: cesarsway.com  | …

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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? Here are some 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…

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Reunited After the Hurricane Devastation

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Here at Greenbriar Veterinary Hospital & Luxury Pet Resort we have been fortunate enough to help 30 dogs and cats find their forever homes after the hurricanes Irma and Maria destroyed the place they called home in the British Virgin Islands. There were a few cases where the dogs and cats brought to us already had homes and needed to be reunited with their families. We have a few wonderful stories to share with you so this will not be the last. Below is a firsthand account from one of the families we helped reunite along with Humane Society International. …

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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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Moxie’s Success Story

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Moxie is a beautiful older lady who came to us after she started having some trouble getting around. She wasn’t able to get up on her own and was really having a hard time using the stairs. After her initial evaluation, we got her started on a plan made just for her that included laser, some floor exercises, and hydrotherapy. After a couple months of work, Moxie has made a real 180 degree turn around. Not only is she back to her old habits, but she has the energy and abilities to keep up with her new little brothers! Moxie…

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What’s Bugging you this March?

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Lyme disease is a very common infectious disease in the northeast United States. It is especially common in Maryland.  It is also a very controversial topic among veterinarians because most dogs that test positive are not clinically ill. This makes it difficult to determine which dogs should be treated. Lyme disease also affects humans, so it is a topic of interest to everyone. CAPC says there were 57 new cases of canine Lyme disease diagnosed in Frederick County in January 2017. What is Lyme? Lyme disease is a bacterial disease, also called borreliosis burgdorferi, spread through the bite of an…

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February is Pet Dental Health Month!

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Dental health starts at a very young age and at this age you probably have not even considered dental care (or perhaps just fleetingly when you glimpsed at the gnawed sofa).  It is just as important for our pets as humans to develop good oral hygiene. Brushing your pets’ teeth is the gold standard to help safeguard your pup (or kitten) from severe dental disease down the road. Here are some other helpful hints in addition to brushing that can maintain good oral health. Choosing a dental diet such as t/d is a good choice for oral health. The crunching…

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