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Surgery at Normandale Vet Hospital

There are many different medical cases where surgery may be required on your animal, and the experts at Normandale Veterinary Hospital will be sure to take care your four legged family member as if he or she were one of our own. It is a scary time if your pet needs to undergo orthopedic surgery and there are many questions that you may have.  Below, we have listed a few of the more common types of orthopedic surgeries that are performed, the method used to fix the medical issue, and the type of recovery to expect.

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Importance of Regular Veterinary Care

Pets are part of the family so it only makes sense that you would take care of them the same way you would a member in your family.  Just like people, pets need to see the doctor for regular veterinary care.  Be going to the vet's office, many problems can be caught early and treated before they turn into bigger problems.  Monitoring your pet's health is important to make sure he or she is as healthy as possible.  Below are some of the important services provided at Normandale Veterinary Hospital.

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Why is Grooming your Dog so Important?

When you think of grooming your dog, you naturally imagine the result being a good-looking animal, all neat and clean. Grooming not only accomplishes that, but it plays a big part in maintaining your dog’s physical health as well.

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How Pets Enhance your Child’s Development

Pets and kids are just about two of the cutest things you can imagine. And when you put them together, you essentially double the cuteness! Every child seems drawn to cuddly kittens, fuzzy bunnies or playful puppies. There seems to be a natural attraction, and it is often thoroughly enjoyed by both parties. But is there more to it than just the warm fuzzies?  Experts state that a child's physical, emotional, social and cognitive development can be enhanced by interaction with animals.

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Why is Dental Hygiene so Important?

If you’ve ever had a toothache, you know the extreme discomfort that it brings. You would do just about anything to get the pain to stop. Fortunately for humans, one call to your dentist is all it takes to get the solution under way. But what do our pets do when they encounter dental issues?

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What should You Do if your Pet has Diarrhea?

Just as with humans, our pets may occasionally experience loose bowel movements. The onset might be sudden and can either be short in duration or protracted, depending on the cause. A single bout is typically no cause for concern, but if the condition persists or is accompanied by other irregular symptoms, there may be a larger issue at play.

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Should Flea and Tick Medicine be Used Year Round?

Flea and tick medicine is vital for ensuring your dog does not contract tick-borne diseases or flea infestations. But a lingering question for many dog owners is whether this prevention program should be administered all year long, or just during the warm seasons. One thing everyone agrees on is that prevention is preferable to the treatments that would be required once a disease or infestation has manifested.

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Dachshund Care Issues to be Aware of

The Dachshund is a short-legged, long-bodied breed of hound, although some countries actually tend to classify it in the terrier group of dogs. According to the American Kennel Club, the dachshund is among the top ten dog breeds in the United States. This lovable companion is often playful, but can be quite stubborn at times, especially when it comes to any type of training. Known for their devotion and loyalty to their owners and families, they can be somewhat antisocial with strangers, at least until they warm up to them.

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Indoor vs Outdoor Cats – What is best?

Some cat lovers may wonder whether it is better to keep your cat strictly indoors, or let them be part of the greater outdoor world. After all, wouldn’t they love to frolic through the grass, enjoy fresh air and sunshine or chase birds with their natural instincts? This may very well be true, but there are some issues to ponder when making this decision.

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Foods that You should Avoid Giving your Pets

Although dogs are generally considered to be carnivores, they can adapt to a wide-ranging diet, and do not depend solely on meat to satisfy their dietary requirements. Dogs can digest a variety of foods, including grains and vegetables; an all-meat diet actually lacks calcium and iron, but most commercially available dog food addresses this issue.

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