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Inguinal Hernias
A hernia in dogs is a weakness or opening within a muscle that allows other tissues to pass through an opening in the muscle and rest just below the surface of the skin. A hernia can have very serious complications. Find out more about symptoms and treatment.
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How to Have a Fun, Safe Halloween in Oroville This Year
Dogs and cats can get into the festive Halloween spirit as well and, when planned appropriately, dressing up your pet can be fun and safe.
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Addison's Disease In Dogs
What exactly is Addison's disease? Find out more about the symptoms and diagnostic tests here.
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Cranial Cruciate Ligament Injuries
Damage to the CCL is a common injury and it often doesn’t take too much considering the size of this ligament. If some of those fibers are torn, it is called a ligamental tear. If the entire ligament is torn, it is a rupture. Find out more about this condition.
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Dog Seat Belt Saves A Life
Dog seat belts/car harnesses can protect in case of an accident and they can also help prevent possible distraction from an unrestrained pet moving around a vehicle.
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Senior Pet Wellness
Our pets can't stay young forever. Learn what you can do to keep your senior pet happy and healthy.
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Adult Pet Wellness
Most people get puppies and kittens regular veterinary care but adult pets need preventive wellness care, too. Find out what you need to be doing for the health of your adult pet.
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Puppy/Kitten Wellness Care
Here is what you need to know to give your puppy or kitten the best wellness care in the first year of its life.
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Symptoms of Food Allergies
Sometimes it is hard to know what could be wrong with our animal friends. Pet food allergies are common and fairly straightforward to deal with; you just need to know what to look for.
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Misconceptions About Pet Food Allergies
Balanced nutrition plays a very important role in keeping our pets healthy. In fact, there aren’t many things that owners do on a daily basis that have a greater influence on their pets' well-being. Pet food allergies are common but there are some misconceptions floating around out there. Take a look at the misconceptions and the truths below.
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How To Read A Pet Food Label
There is an overwhelming number of pet foods in stores, so, how do you know which one is right for your pet? It can be confusing. Learning how to read the pet food labels is a good place to start.
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Canine Parvovirus (Parvo)
Get the basic facts about canine parvovirus (parvo) vaccinations for dogs in Oroville
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Kennel Cough
Get the basic facts about Bordatella (kennel cough) vaccinations for companion animals in Oroville
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Leptospirosis
Get the basic facts about leptospirosis vaccinations for dogs in Oroville.
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Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV)
Get the basic facts about Feline Immunodeficiency Virus (FIV) for cats in Oroville
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Rabies
Get the basic facts about rabies vaccinations for companion animals in Oroville
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Do-It-Yourself Pet Vaccination - Not Worth The Risks
Proper vaccination against preventable disease is one of the most responsible ways of caring for your pet but vaccinating at home can have some problems. Find out more.
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Vaccines - Benefits vs Risks
Your veterinarian is always talking about the importance of vaccinating your pet. But what exactly are vaccines and what are the associated benefits and risks?
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Pet Wellness Exams - What Are They?
Comprehensive physical wellness exams are the backbone of your pet’s wellness program. Veterinarians recommend regular wellness exams for the same reason your physician and dentist recommend them – if you can detect a problem in its early stages, it's more likely to be treated and resolved with less expense, less difficulty and better success. Find out what happens during a wellness exam.
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Annual Wellness Exams (video)
Butte Oroville Veterinary Hospital recommends regular wellness exams for the same reason your physician and dentist recommend them – if you can detect a problem in its early stages, it's more likely to be treated and resolved with less expense, less difficulty and better success.
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Roundworm
The most common parasitic worm is Roundworms (Toxocara canis). Almost all dogs become infected with them at some time in their lives. Roundworm can be passed to humans. Find out more about this parasitic worm.
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Hiking With Your Dogs in Oroville and the Surrounding Areas
Oroville is beautiful for hiking and what is more fun than hiking with your best friend? We want to make sure that you are totally prepared when you bring your dog with you on your hiking trip to make sure all of you stay happy and healthy when traveling or hiking outdoors.
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Tick-borne Illness - Lyme Disease
Lyme disease is one of the many diseases that ticks can transmit to pets and humans. Know the signs to look for and how to prevent it.
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Heatstroke - What to watch for in Oroville
Heatstroke is a life-threatening condition that requires immediate medical attention. Read more about the symptoms and treatment of heatstroke in pets.
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Flea Allergy Dermatitis - What Oroville Pet Owners Need To Know
Fleas are everywhere in Oroville and one flea bite can cause terrible itching in a pet who is flea allergic. Pets who are flea allergic are allergic to the flea’s saliva. This allergy causes dermatitis when they are bitten by a flea. Find out more about symptoms and treatment.
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How To Remove a Tick
If you find a tick on your pet, here is how to remove it...
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Transmission of Hookworm and Whipworm
Find out how Oroville pets get infected with hookworm and whipworm... and how to prevent them.
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Canine Flu Information For Oroville Dog Owners
You probably know about the ongoing epidemic of canine influenza (sometimes called dog flu) in the Midwest. Though there has been no mention of cases of canine flu here in Oroville or the surrounding areas, we want to make sure your questions get answered.
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April Is Heartworm Awareness Month
Even though April is Heartworm Awareness Month, you will hear us say that your pet needs to be on a heartworm preventive all year long. This is because the North Valley has the highest incidence of heartworm disease in California.
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Heartworm: Get To Know The Basics
Heartworm disease is a potentially fatal parasitic infection that occurs in our dog and cat companions. Heartworms are transmitted through the bite of an infected mosquito.
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Anesthesia-Free Dental Cleanings Are Dangerous
Anesthesia-free procedures sound like a good option - no anesthesia, cheaper, and clean white teeth. Most pet owners are not aware how dangerous anesthesia-free procedures can be for the good health of their pets.
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Dental Home Care Product Recommendations
You can use additional home care products as listed below in combination with brushing for better oral home care.
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Pet Periodontal Disease
Periodontal disease in dogs and cats is bad, but it doesn’t always mean they have to lose teeth because of it.
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Kitten Dental Problems
There are a couple of important issues that can happen to kitten teeth that we want to let you know about. Call your vet if you see any of these issues in your kitty's mouth.
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How To Brush Your Pet's Teeth
Brushing pet's teeth daily is ideal and should really take you only a couple of minutes.
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Puppy Dental Problems
There are a couple of important issues that can happen to puppy teeth that we want to let you know about. Call your vet if you see any of these issues in your puppy’s mouth.
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Broken Teeth and What To Do If Your Pet Has One
Luxation refers to the dislocation of a tooth from the socket with the tooth is still attached. Avulsion refers to the complete displacement of an entire tooth from the socket. Find out more...
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What Dogs Should Avoid Chewing
Here are a couple of items that we strongly recommend you disallow for the well-being of your dog’s teeth and overall health.
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Signs of Dental Disease
Dental disease is progressive; here we describe and identify the stages of dental disease.
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Holiday Pet Safety
Tips to keep your pets safe during the holidays
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Food Allergies in Pets - What You Need To Know
Find out more about food allergies in pets. It is pretty common so best to know what to look for.
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Prepare for Earthquakes Ahead of Time with These Tips
California is one of the watch-out states when it comes to earthquakes and even though we don’t feel most of them or have many warnings, it never hurts to be prepared – especially when you live in a state famous for them!
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Best Practices for Administering Oral Medication to Cats at Home
Cats can be very fickle creatures, which oftentimes make routine oral medication administration sessions very difficult for some pet owners. Since we occasionally hear horror stories of administration practices, we wanted to share some tips for administering both liquid and pill medications.
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What is Dog Bloat and Why Is It so Dangerous?
Most people associate bloating with feeling uncomfortable after a big meal – which can happen in humans! Dogs can bloat as well, but for our canine friends, the condition is much more serious and can even turn fatal when not addressed quickly.
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Creating A Cozy Spot for Cats at Home
Cats are very luxurious creatures, oftentimes spending upwards of 15 hours a day sleeping and lounging on comfortable surfaces throughout the house. If you have a house full of pets, however, cats sometimes feel the need to find some space that allows them the quiet they desire.
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Pink Eye in Dogs: It’s Common and Treatable
Conjunctivitis (pink eye) is one of the most frequently treated eye problems in dogs, and is more common that you may think. Dogs can wake up with swollen, itchy eyes too and can produce the common discharge associated with pink eye.
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Do Pets Get Urinary Tract Infections?
Pets do, in fact, contract Urinary Tract Infections (UTI) and they are just as painful and uncomfortable for pets as they are for people. The good news is that when they are caught early, UTIs are usually treatable and the process will make your pet feel better in a short amount of time.
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Dog Park Etiquette in Oroville
Bringing your dog to a dog park is a great way to meet new people, introduce your dog to a new environment and help you both burn off some access energy!
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Creating a Home Fit for a Kitten
If you’ve never owned a kitten before and are looking to bring one home for the first time, you are able to embark in a very special journey that will bring you years of happiness and companionship. If you’re not prepared, however, the first few months can be a bit tricky as you learn to navigate your cat’s behavior.
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Could That Itching be an Ear Infection?
Ear infections are common in dogs, especially those that are active outdoors or if your pet has been spending a lot of time in the water this summer. In fact, ear infections are one of the most commonly diagnosed problems in dogs here at Butte Oroville Veterinary Hospital and we usually expect to see dogs get at one in their lifetimes.
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Keep Pets Safe by Avoiding Oroville Coyotes
Coyotes are mostly spotted at night, so it’s important to take precautions so that you don’t have to worry about your pet going outside when the sun goes down. These summer months are crucial and when coyotes are in the right mood, they will go after dogs or cats of any size.
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Celebrate National Immunization Awareness Month by Vaccinating Your Pet
Did you know that August is National Immunization Awareness Month? Vaccines are so important that there is a whole month dedicated to reminding pet owners that your pet should be receiving annual exams and vaccinations.
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Bird Grooming: “Spa Services” Recommended for Our Feathered Friends
Birds are very common pets in Oroville and require specific care to keep them healthy and comfortable. In the wild, nature takes care of many grooming needs naturally, but when birds inhabit homes or businesses, they aren’t exposed to the same elements that keep them in order.
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Deafness in Dogs: What You Need to Know
Does your pet struggle hear you call his or her name, get confused often or sleep through loud noises or squeaks from a favorite toy? Perhaps these are signs of deafness.
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Make Your Senior Dog’s Golden Years More Pain-Free
As dogs age, they may try to hide any indications that they are in pain. Not only does this stop pet owners from seeking veterinary care to put their pets at ease, but it could mask larger medical problems that could be fatal.
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Why Your Cat Needs Extra “Cat Naps”
The average cat sleeps for about 15 hours per day! Why do they need so much shut-eye? Here are some of the reasons that your feline coined the term “cat nap.”
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Best Practices for Exercising with Your Pet
What’s a great way to keep both yourself AND your pet in shape? Go for a run or walk together!
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Tips for a Happy, Safe Independence Day
As the holiday quickly approaches, here are some tips and precautionary steps you can take to help keep your pet happy and safe during the festivities.
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From the Doctors: What You Need to Know about Vaccines
Our Valley Oak Veterinary Center doctors talk about vaccinations this week...
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The Advice Everyone Should Read BEFORE Becoming a Pet Owner
Bringing a new pet into your family is a big decision and one that should be premeditated. That’s why we wanted to share the top three mistakes Oroville pet owners make, why they are considered a no-no and how local pet owners can avoid or fix them.
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Keep Your Pet Cool This Summer in Oroville
It’s been a hot week so far in Oroville, so we wanted to share some reminders for keeping your pets cool in the summer months.
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What’s that Hacking – Could it be Kennel Cough?
Has your pet been making weird noises lately? If one of those noises consists of a deep, throaty cough, you may want to seek veterinary care for kennel cough.
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Tips for a “Hoppy” Rabbit
Here are some tips for rabbit care to adopt for first-time or even experienced rabbit owners!
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Best Practices for Dogs in the City
Since we don’t want you or your pet to feel as if you aren’t getting the most out of your living situation, we wanted to share a few tips that may make owning a dog in the city every bit as exciting as you hoped!
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Switching Dogs and Cats to New Food Options the Right Way
If you abruptly change food on your pet, you can upset their digestive system. That’s why we wanted to share a few pointers for changing pet foods in a slow and safe manner.
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How to House Break Your Puppy without Breaking Your Special Relationship
We have both new and experienced pet owners ask us all the time the best way to go about house breaking a new dog, so we wanted to share some do’s and don’ts that will be effective without ruining the special relationship that you have with your pet.
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Tips for a Safe Road Trip with Pets
If your pet is coming along for a summer road trip, here are a few tips to ensure a smooth vacation!
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Save Your Dog’s Teeth and Your Belongings: Stop the Chewing Habit Today
Why dogs feel the need to chew and how to correct it.
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What You Need to Know Before Adopting a Cat
Are you thinking of adding a furry friend to your family? Here are some tips to help you prepare for feline adoption.
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Tips for a Positive Vet Experience
Here are some tips to make your next visit to our office more smooth and enjoyable for all members of your clan.
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Who’s King of the Castle in Your House?
Is your pet the king of your household? Here are a few luxuries that many pets enjoy in this day in age...
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Reduce Animal Separation Anxiety for Less Stress
Whether you’re preparing for a trip or just to leave the house for the day, you have enough to worry about without wondering how your dog is going to handle your departure.
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Five Tips to Prepare You for Potential Rattlesnake Encounters this Spring
Since spring is upon us, now is a great time to brush up on a few preventative tips. By taking proactive measures now, you may be able to save your pet’s life should he or she come in contact with a rattlesnake.
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What’s that Smell? Avoiding and Treating Skunk Encounters
Skunks are quite common in our region of California, so it’s important to know how to avoid and treat skunking situations – especially since dogs and cats are such curious creatures.
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Symptoms of Kennel Cough in Dogs: Why it Shouldn’t be Ignored
Has your dog been coughing or making noises that make you think that he or she is choking on something? Intense coughing is one of the warning signs of kennel cough.
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Is Your Business Dog Friendly? Here are Some Tips for Stellar Pet Etiquette
While bringing pets to work becomes more common, it only takes a few bad habits to make employers change their minds. Before taking your pet to work with you, here are some tips to ensure they are model employees in no time.
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Keep Fleas Off Your Pet and Out of Your Home This Spring
Fleas have a habit of nestling into your pet’s fur and multiplying. Since pets spend a lot of time outdoors in the spring and summer months, it’s important to be on the lookout for the warning signs.
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Dog Dandruff: Solving and Preventing This Common Pet Problem
Dog dandruff is accumulated dead skin that results from lack of moisture, which becomes uncomfortable for pets as they try to scratch it.
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How to Protect Your Dog From Foxtails
As the spring creeps up and local residents start spending more and more time outdoors with their pets, it’s important to educate pet owners about the dangers of a common plant in our area: foxtails.
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Do You Have Pet Toxins in Your Home? Take Precautionary Steps Towards Reducing the Chance of Contact for Your Pet
As a pet owner, you should take it upon yourself to limit as many harmful elements as possible within your home or at least limit pet access to them.
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Are Spays and Neuters Getting a Bad Rep For Weight Gain?
In most cases, spaying and neutering your pet proves to reduce health concerns and decreases the overpopulation of stray pets. Since we understand that this is a big decision that you can’t reverse, we often hear many questions about the procedure and possible side effects. Perhaps the most common question remains: “will my pet gain weight after the procedure?”
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The Importance of Microchipping Your Pet Now to Avoid Potential Runaways Tomorrow
One in three pets is estimated to run away from home at some point in their lives. That's why we act as advocates for microchipping your pet
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What Butte Oroville Veterinary Hospital Recommends Feeding Your Pet During Each Age Milestone to Support Life Stage Wellness
As a pet owner, your pets rely on the decisions that you make to fill their bowls with nutritious meals. If your pet has just crossed a milestone age in his or her life, it’s time to consider the best food to meet their body’s specific needs for the next stage in life.
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Why Your Cat Urinates Outside the Box and How to Avoid It
Here are some potential scenarios in which feline urinary accidents can be more than just accidents.
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Setting Healthy Pet Weight Management Goals in 2014
According to a recent USA.gov poll, the most common New Year’s resolution is, not surprisingly, to lose weight. Whether or not this resolution is on your list this year, perhaps you need to assess its place on your pet’s list of goals for 2014.
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