Disaster Planning for Your Pets

August 27, 2018

No one likes to think about emergencies or disasters. As this is the season for hurricanes, severe storms, and fires, as well as other natural and manmade emergency events, we need to plan for ourselves and our pets. Let’s focus this discussion on planning for your pet(s) in a disaster requiring your evacuation. If it […]

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What do all of those letters in the “Canine Distemper” vaccine mean?

August 24, 2018

by Dr. Monica Joshi When you bring your pet in for a routine wellness exam and vaccines, you are commonly presented with one of us reeling off a list of what vaccines your pet needs. These will often include the well known Rabies vaccine, the Kennel Cough vaccine, and the Distemper vaccine (also referred to […]

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What is Heartworm Disease and How to Prevent It

April 27, 2018

by Rhonda Pierce, DVM Dirofilariasis (heartworm disease) is caused by a parasitic roundworm called Dirofilaria immitis. This parasite is spread by mosquitoes. Female mosquitoes ingest the first stage larvae (L1) which are called microfilariae from an infected host (usually domestic dogs or wild canids such a coyotes, foxes and wolves). The first stage larvae will […]

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Welcomes Dr. Erica Caldwell

February 2, 2018

Please join us in welcoming Dr. Erica Caldwell to the Ridge Lake Animal Hospital Family! A little bit about Dr. Caldwell: Dr. Caldwell grew up in South Carolina and went to college at Purdue University. She completed a Masters Degree in Marine Ecology in Woods Hole, MA through a Boston University program. She worked as […]

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Ridge Lake Open House

October 20, 2017
Come out on Sunday, October 22 to Ridge Lake Animal Hospital from 1:00-4:00pm for an exciting day filled with food and refreshments, family fun, contests and prizes, face painting, and more! Some of the activities include: -Bounce House -Hand-Drawn Animal Portraits -Hospital Tour w/Information Stations -Adoptable Animals -Professional Photography With Your Animals -$30 Microchipping (a [...]

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H3N2 Canine Influenza Alert

June 28, 2017
H3N2 Canine Influenza Alert To Our Valued Clients: Recently there has been a marked increase in the number of cases of canine H3N2 flu diagnosed in Florida. Canine flu is a HIGHLY contagious virus that spreads rapidly and can lead to serious complications if your dog is unvaccinated or not current on vaccines. Dogs most [...]

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May 17, 2017
By Dr. Rhonda Pierce One of my favorite things about spring and summer is good weather to be outside walking and hiking with my dog Titan. Not that we don't hike year round, but it's easy to get out when it's sunny and warm. But, there is definitely one part of being outside that I [...]

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Pet Obesity

March 9, 2016

Did you know that obesity is not just an epidemic in humans but also in pets? According to the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention (APOP), over 57% of dogs and 52% of cats are obese and these numbers are on the rise. Much like humans, obesity in pets can lead to diabetes, heart disease, osteoarthritis, […]

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Foods to Avoid Giving Your Dog

January 18, 2016

September is National Food Safety Month. Like cats and humans, certain foods can be toxic to dogs. While cats and dogs share many food toxicities, here is dog-specific and alphabetic list of the foods you should avoid giving your dog. Alcohol: Dogs are far more sensitive to alcohol than humans are. Just a little bit […]

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Foods to Avoid Giving Your Cat

January 4, 2016

September is National Food Safety Month. Just like people can’t eat everything they come across, cats can’t either. In fact, many human foods are toxic for cats. See the alphabetic list below for the foods you should avoid giving your cat. Alcohol: Alcohol has the same effect on a cat’s brain and liver as it […]

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