What to Do if Your Pet Ingests a Toxin

At Neighborhood Veterinary Centers, our expert teams care for countless cases of accidental poisoning every year. Sadly, most toxin exposures occur in or around the home and could be prevented. Knowing how to respond when your pet ingests a harmful substance could save their life.  #1: Keep calm and care for your pet Panic may [...]

Safe Haven—10 Tips to Pet-Proof Your Home

Puppies, kittens, and new pets don’t come with pre-programmed knowledge about appropriate and inappropriate behavior and often find themselves in serious—sometimes life-threatening—trouble. Pet-proofing your new pet’s environment is the best way to protect them from themselves as they learn about their world.  Ensure your pet’s homecoming and initial adjustment period are safe and sound by [...]

The Ins and Outs of Pet Heart Disease

Heart disease is a catch-all term that describes the many possible heart conditions seen in around 10% of dogs and cats. Pets can be born with heart disease (i.e., congenital), but they more commonly acquire the disease over time. Pet heart diseases differ from people, so Neighborhood Veterinary Centers wants to provide pet owners the [...]

6 Ways to Stay Active With Your Pet

Most of us are aware that exercise promotes good physical and mental health, especially since the global pandemic that forced us to re-evaluate our stress management strategies. These tenets also hold true for pets, who reap many benefits from regular activity. Exercise can reduce boredom and frustration and prevent behavior issues by expending excess energy, [...]

So Your Dog Ate Chocolate: What You Need to Know

The ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center receives more than 100 calls each day about chocolate ingestion in dogs, which amounts to one or more cases every 15 minutes. Most pet owners are aware that chocolate is toxic to dogs and do not feed them the treat, but accidental ingestions are common, because chocolate is readily [...]

Why is My Pet Limping?

Seeing your four-legged friend suddenly preferring a three-legged mode of travel can be alarming. Dogs and cats may favor one leg over another for a variety of causes, from benign to life-threatening. Here is a basic guide to pet lameness, including common causes, and what you can expect during your visit to Neighborhood Veterinary Centers.  [...]

Thyroid Disease in Dogs and Cats

The thyroid is a small but powerful gland whose function is critical to nearly every internal process. So, when this little control center is out of order, dogs and cats can become significantly ill. Let’s take a look at what your pet’s thyroid does, how the gland malfunctions, and what can be done to help [...]

TPLO FAQs—Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy in Dogs

The tibial plateau leveling osteotomy (TPLO) is one of the most common orthopedic surgeries performed at Neighborhood Veterinary Centers. If your veterinarian has recommended this procedure for your pet, you likely have a lot of questions, or may be feeling overwhelmed at the sheer amount of TPLO information and advice.  To ease your fears and [...]

Basic Care for Diabetic Pets

Pet owners who learn that their pet is diabetic and will need lifelong care naturally feel overwhelmed—and likely intimidated—by the sudden barrage of information and instructions. Neighborhood Veterinary Centers understands your concerns and is dedicated to providing you and your newly diagnosed pet with ongoing support, guidance, and education. We want you to feel confident [...]

5 Essential Facts About Gastric Dilation Volvulus in Dogs

Bloat, gastric dilation volvulus, or GDV—no matter what you call it, this dangerous condition is considered the mother of all veterinary emergencies. When gastric dilation volvulus (GDV) occurs, emergency stabilization and surgery are essential for survival. Neighborhood Veterinary Centers want all dog owners—especially those with large, giant, or deep-chested dogs—to know and understand the following [...]

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