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Atlantic Animal Hospital & Pet Care Resort
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Yes, Canine Influenza is real!
Yes, It can affect any dog that has interactions with any other dog!
Yes, there is a vaccination that is backed by an amazing guarantee from it's manufacturer
Yes, we offer the vaccine here! We have been requiring since 2015 for any pet boarding or going to Doggie Daycare.
Yes, there have been many confirmed cases in North Carolina and 2 Canine Influenza related deaths.
If your pet is at risk, call and get an appointment for the Influenza vaccination! 910-256-2624
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To vaccinate, or not to vaccinate, that is the question:

Well, what happens if a raccoon, deer, or other wildlife frequents your backyard? These animals carry disease that can be spread to your pet, even if they do not touch each other. Urine, feces and saliva of wildlife can transmit disease to your unsuspecting pet. The risks of potential illness to your pet far outweighs the risk of vaccine side effects. Vaccines continue to get safer, less painful and side effects are far less common then they were just 5 years ago. Yes, they can cause a little discomfort to your pet but this is much less harmful then the illness they protect your pet from and mild pain relievers can be prescribed if your pet is extra sensitive to an injection.

So if you want to reduce vaccination for your pet but keep them safe? Great news! So do we! We assess your pet's risk factors and will recommend what will protect them best. Then you can get other vaccinations only if, and when, your pet's risk factors change. So if you start taking them to the groomer, you can add in that Bordetella vaccination or if they are going to start hiking in the mountains, the Lyme vaccine can be given. Each year, let your veterinarian know what life style changes you and your pet have experienced. This way, we can proactively get your pet on the right vaccination plan.

Oh, and Rabies vaccination is required by law! Check out the details at http://www.newhanoversheriff.com/animal-services-unit/
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We are finalists in the Encore Magazine's Best of 2017! http://www.encorepub.com/encorebestof/BestOfFinalists/best_of_foods.php
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Planning for the holiday guests to arrive? Don't leave your pet's needs out of the agenda. Pet Parenting choices are different for everyone and the last thing you want is guests encouraging negative behaviors, letting your arthritic canine jump for toys, or table scraps making it in to the food dish when your pet is on a special diet. But don't fret, the do's and dont's for your guests do not have to wreak havoc on a fun time. Animal lovers want what is best for the pet, just let them know what that is.

1. Have pet friendly snacks available for guests to properly reward your pet. If your pet is on a diet, just be sure to cut back on their regular food to offset the amount of snacks they receive.

2. Let family know if there are rules they need to follow with regard to Fido. If jumping isn't allowed, just show them how to correct the behavior and communicate why it is a problem. If he has injured himself, or someone else, they will surely want to heed your requests.

3. Even your pets need a safe haven to get away to when the guests get to be too much. Put a bed or crate in a quiet area where they can just go and relax when they are worn out from the festivities.

4. If your pet tends to get stress induced stomach upset, talk to your veterinarian in advance of what you can do at home to help them through any diarrhea or vomiting. Having the appropriate medications and dosages available before hand helps prevent those urgent emergency vet calls if illness strikes.

5. Plan ahead. Don't wait until 2 hours before your pet store or vet's office closes to scramble out to see if they have your pet's food in stock. Like the groceries you need to prepare the holiday meal, plan to pick up your pet's food in advance so there are no last minute changes in your pet's diet that could have been avoided.

6. Don't stress about stepping on toes. Most respectful parents would ask before handing candy to a child so asking your guest to keep to your pet parenting rules is certainly acceptable.
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Nominations are open for 2017 Encore Magazines "Best of"!
Go nominate your favorite veterinary office (ahem), favorite groomer (ahem), favorite place to board your pet (AHEM), and Coastal Animal Rescue Effort as the best non-profit.
http://www.encorepub.com/2017-best-of-nominations-are-open/
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