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Category: Pet Health Tips

Long summer days mean lots of outdoor activities, often with our pets. It also means its time to watch for signs of heat stroke. The combined heat and humidity of a Virginia su…
Dogs and cats have to pant to cool their body, which is not as efficient as sweating and places pets at a higher risk for heat stroke, particularly when external temperatures are not much cooler than your pet’s body temperature. http://thecovevets.com/blog/2018/06/keep-your-pets-cool-summer-heat-stroke-prevention-tips/


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Spring has sprung. The days are long, the grass is green, the flowers have bloomed, and for many of us, the sneezing has begun. You may be surprised to know that it’s not just…
Spring has sprung. The days are long, the grass is green, the flowers have bloomed, and for many of us, the sneezing has begun. You may be surprised to know that it’s not just humans that suffer from allergies but animals too. Yes, cats and dogs can also … http://thecovevets.com/blog/2018/05/does-your-pet-have-allergies/


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Emergency treatment and first aid for pets should never be used as a substitute for veterinary care. However, it may save your pet's life before you can get your pet to a doctor…
Emergency treatment and first aid for pets should never be used as a substitute for veterinary care. However, it may save your pet's life before you can get your pet to a doctor. In support of Pet First Aid Awareness Month, here are our basic first aid re… http://thecovevets.com/blog/2018/04/pet-first-aid-awareness-month/


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Category: Pet Health Tips

Our beloved cats and dogs can be poisoned by a vast array of things around our homes—including human foods, plants, and many other items. Poisoning is life-threatening and requ…
Our beloved dogs and cats can be poisoned by a vast array of things around our homes—including human foods, plants, and many other items. Poisoning is life-threatening and requires immediate treatment. But the best approach is to prevent poisonings from o… http://thecovevets.com/blog/2018/03/pet-poison-prevention-tips-how-keep-your-pets-safe/


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Category: Pet Health Tips

  Your pet loves you unconditionally, and now it’s time to return the favor by taking care of their heart! February is designated as American Heart Month. So, here at The CO…
Your pet loves you unconditionally, and now it’s time to return the favor by taking care of their heart! February is designated as American Heart Month. So, here at The COVE, we want to ensure that pet parents understand what a diagnosis of cardiac diseas… http://thecovevets.com/blog/2018/02/february-heart-health-month/


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Category: Pet Health Tips

Keep your pet smiling by taking care of their dental and oral health! Daily teeth brushing and regular professional examinations by your primary care veterinarian will help ke…
In honor of Pet Dental Health Month, here are some tips from our veterinary dentistry team led by Dr. Colleen Fox, about how to properly brush your dog’s and your cat’s teeth! http://thecovevets.com/blog/2018/02/how-successfully-brush-your-pets-teeth/


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Category: Pet Health Tips

An emergency room visit for your pet can be frightening, overwhelming, and of course unexpected. However, there are important steps you can take to help your dog or cat avoid …
An emergency room visit for your pet can be frightening, overwhelming, and of course unexpected. However, there are important steps you can take to help your dog or cat avoid the ER. http://thecovevets.com/blog/2018/01/how-avoid-emergency-room/


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Category: Pet Health Tips

A new year is a great time to establish new routines for you and your furry family members – especially after the busy holiday season. Here, at The COVE, we encourage all of o…
Here, at The COVE, we encourage all of our pet families to focus on strengthening their bonds with their pets! Here are 12 ways to stimulate and engage with your dog or cat during this new year. http://thecovevets.com/blog/2018/01/12-new-ways-engage-your-dog-or-cat/


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Category: Pet Health Tips

We’re lucky here in Virginia to have plenty of winter activities you can enjoy with your pet, from enjoying the outdoors to cozy evenings by a crackling fire. Knowing that win…
We’re lucky here in Virginia to have plenty of winter activities you can enjoy with your pet, from enjoying the outdoors to cozy evenings by a crackling fire. Knowing that winter weather may also be hazardous, we’ve compiled a few tips to help you keep yo… http://thecovevets.com/blog/2017/12/cold-weather-pet-safety-tips/


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Category: Pet Health Tips

Finding a lump or bump on your pet can be scary. As a pet parent, you start to worry and might frantically search the Internet to find out what is wrong. If you do notice a bum…
Finding a lump or bump on your pet can be scary. As a pet parent, you start to worry and might frantically search the Internet to find out what is wrong. If you do notice a bump on your dog or cat, first, take a deep breath. Next, read below and learn abo… http://thecovevets.com/blog/2017/11/lumps-and-bumps-your-pet-should-you-be-concerned/


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Category: Pet Health Tips

  Halloween is just around the corner—the costumes, the deliciously scary stories, and the candy. It is a fun time for children and adults, but keep in mind that it can be a…
Halloween is just around the corner—the costumes, the deliciously scary stories, and the candy. It is a fun time for children and adults, but keep in mind that it can be a different story for your furry family members. Here are a few tips to ensure your p… http://thecovevets.com/blog/2017/10/5-halloween-pet-safety-tips/


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Category: Pet Health Tips

Once your cat or dog is home from surgery, there are many things you can do to ensure a smooth and uninterrupted healing process. While your pet may want to go about their nor…
Once your cat or dog is home from surgery, there are many things you can do to ensure a smooth and uninterrupted healing process. While your pet may want to go about their normal presurgery ways, restricting activity is of utmost importance. http://thecovevets.com/blog/2017/09/tips-speed-your-pets-healing-time-after-surgery/


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Category: Pet Health Tips

Animal Pain Awareness Month: Signs Your Pet Is in Pain Most pet parents are sure they would know if their pet were in pain, but the reality is that it can be very difficul…
Most pet parents are sure they would know if their pet were in pain, but the reality is that it can be very difficult to tell, even for your veterinarian. Animals have an instinctual drive to hide pain and avoid showing weakness, and they can be very good… http://thecovevets.com/blog/2017/09/animal-pain-awareness-month-signs-your-pet-pain/


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Category: Pet Health Tips

  Back to School season might not just be hard for your kids – it may also be difficult for your pets. Kids and pets bond strongly over the summer months during long da…
Back to School season might not just be hard for your kids – it may also be difficult for your pets. Kids and pets bond strongly over the summer months during long days with plenty of playtime. http://thecovevets.com/blog/2017/08/back-school-it-can-be-hard-your-pets-too/


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Category: Pet Health Tips

Summer is full of sunshine, long days, and plenty of fun. Here in Virginia, it’s also full of extreme heat and humidity, which means pets, just like humans, are at high risk f…
Summer is full of sunshine, long days, and plenty of fun. Here in Virginia, it’s also full of extreme heat and humidity, which means pets, just like humans, are at high risk for dehydration and heat stroke. http://thecovevets.com/blog/2017/08/keep-your-pet-safe-heat/


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Category: Pet Health Tips

A trip to the emergency room can be a frightening experience for both you and your pet. Our hope is that understanding what to expect can help reduce some of the anxiety in an…
A trip to the emergency room can be a frightening experience for both you and your pet. Our hope is that understanding what to expect can help reduce some of the anxiety in an already stressful time. http://thecovevets.com/blog/2017/07/what-expect-when-you-bring-your-pet-emergency-room/


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Category: Pet Health Tips

Splish! Splash! Here in Southeast Virginia, we are fortunate to have lots of water around us, including lakes and the Atlantic Ocean. And summertime is the perfect season to be ou…
Splish! Splash! Here in Southeast Virginia, we are fortunate to have lots of water around us, including lakes and the Atlantic Ocean. And summertime is the perfect season to be outdoors enjoying the sunshine and water. If you plan on swimming in a lake, p… http://thecovevets.com/blog/2017/06/swimming-dogs-water-safety-tips/


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Category: Pet Health Tips

When in doubt...check it out! If you are concerned about the health and welfare of your pet, please do not ever feel embarrassed or hesitant about calling an animal emergency…
When in doubt, check it out! If you are concerned about the health and welfare of your pet, please do not ever feel embarrassed or hesitant about calling an animal emergency hospital for guidance. http://thecovevets.com/blog/2017/06/when-does-your-pet-need-go-emergency-room/


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Category: Pet Health Tips

The ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center (APCC) has released its Top Pet Toxins of 2016 list. Of the ten toxins listed, plants were at number nine, a slight improvement from the…
At The COVE, our 24-hour ER team sees many frantic pet owners who bring in pets exhibiting distressing signs after playing in the garden or eating flowers at home. It’s our hope that by providing our community with the proper information, the risk of pets… http://thecovevets.com/blog/2017/05/april-showers-bring-may-flowers-keep-your-pets-safe/


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Category: Pet Health Tips

With spring in the air, you may be spending more time outdoors with your furry friend. Hiking can be a wonderful activity that strengthens the bond between you and your dog. As th…
With spring in the air, you may be spending more time outdoors with your furry friend. Hiking can be a wonderful activity that strengthens the bond between you and your dog. As the outdoor elements can be unpredictable at times, it’s always best to be pre… http://thecovevets.com/blog/2017/05/tips-hiking-your-dog/


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