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Top 10 Signs Your Dog May be Sick
Your dog can’t tell you when he or she is sick, but she can show symptoms of disease. Here are the top 10 signs to look for:

Bad breath or drooling
Excessive drinking or urination
Appetite change associated with weight loss or gain
Change in activity level (e.g., lack of interest in doing things they once did)
Stiffness or difficulty in rising or climbing stairs
Sleeping more than normal, or other behavior or attitude changes
Coughing, sneezing, excessive panting, or labored breathing
Dry or itchy skin, sores, lumps, or shaking of the head
Frequent digestive upsets or change in bowel movements
Dry, red, or cloudy eyes

If your dog shows symptoms of being ill, contact your veterinarian immediately. For more information on how to tell when your dog is sick click here:
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Adorable Kitten Mesmerized by the Existence of its Own Tail
This cute kitten was caught on camera discovering its own tail and mesmerized by the “toy” without realizing it is actually attached to its body. Do you remember your kitten’s first discoveries? Share them with us!
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Moving with pets
Moving can be one of the most stressful life events that you will have to tackle, and it can be very stressful for your pets too. In the middle of moving boxes, packing and driving trucks you might not realize how stressed your pet feel too. To make the transition as easy as possible for your pets, follow these tips:

Packing – if you have cats you must know that cats aren’t big fans of change. So, if you know you need to start packing, try to start bringing in moving boxes early and keep your pets in a room that you plan to pack up last. This will help get your pets adjusted to the moving situation.
Be consistent – it is important to keep your pet’s routine schedule for feeding, walks, playtime, cuddling and bedtime even in the middle of the moving mess. If your dog is used to having a dog door, arrange for that right away. Try to keep things as they were in the old home.
Bring favorites – you may feel tempted to buy new toys for your pet, but this is not a good time to introduce new items. Instead, bring your pet’s favorite items: bed, toys, food, water, etc. and put them in similar places they were in the previous home.

Make your pet feel safe – During the move, make sure your pet feels safe. Many dogs and cats can feel unsafe and anxious in the middle of boxes, so consider leaving them with a family member during the move, joining you once you’ve unpacked.
Source: AARP and ASPCA
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10 Poison Pills for Pets
Anyone who takes medication that has not been prescribed to them puts himself or herself at risk or illness or even death. Below is a list of the 10 pills that are often found in our households and can put our pets’ lives at risk.

Ibuprofen – can cause stomach ulcers and kidney failure.
Tramadol – can cause sedation or agitation, wobbliness, disorientation, vomiting, tremors and possibly seizures.
Alprazolam – can drop the blood pressure and could cause weakness or collapse.
Adderall – causes elevated heart rate and body temperature, along with hyperactivity, tremors and seizures
Zolpidem – may make cats wobbly and sleepy, but most pets become very agitated and develop elevated heart rates.
Clonezepam – can lower the blood pressure, leading to weakness or collapse.
Naproxen – Dogs and cats are very sensitive to naproxen and even small amounts can cause stomach ulcers and kidney failure.
Acetaminophen – Can cause liver damage. It can also cause damage to your pet’s red blood cells so that the cells are unable to carry oxygen
Duloxetine – can cause agitation, vocalization, tremors and seizures.
Veniafaxine – can cause agitation, vocalization, tremors and seizures.

Keep your pet safe by always keeping human medications away from your pets. Do not leave pills sitting on counter, or within reach of your pet. And finally, always keep your pet’s veterinary’s number handy.
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Do Dogs Go Through Adolescence?
Do They Need a Special Diet While Growing Up?
Dogs definitely go through adolescence and require a special diet to ensure they stay energetic and healthy as they mature. According to Dr. Jeff Werber canine development goes like this: “puppies experience a Rapid Growth Phase somewhere between 8 and 18-20 weeks of age.  They seem to double their weight monthly, and require almost twice the calories an adult dog the same weight requires.  Depending on the breed and size, puppies then progress to the Young Adult Phase between 6 months and about 2 years of age. During this stage they begin to look more like an adult dog with a full set of adult teeth, and they near their adult height by just over six months.  These young pups’ bones are still growing, but not nearly as fast as they did when they were three or four months old.  By 1 ½ years, most dogs have reached their full adult height, and are now begin to fill out and put some muscle.”
Just like little kids when they are growing up, young adult dogs need a considerable amount of exercise and interaction to burn off excess energy. Nutritionally they also require a different amount of bone-growing nutrients, such as extra calcium and phosphorus, as well as DHA (an Omega 3 fatty acid) to help develop their brain. Since their growth rates have slowed a little, young adult dogs won’t need as many calories, this is why it is important to change it from a puppy diet into an adult diet once they turn 1 year of age.
Click the link below more information on proper dog nutrition:
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Wellness Plans that can save $100/year
Steeplechase Veterinary Hospital is excited to announce a program offering complete pet healthcare through

“Wellness Plans” that can save $100/yr. in the cost of your pet’s care.

The foundation of the Plans is Preventive Care, a key element in enhancing your pet’s quality of life and in promoting longevity. The effects of adverse health conditions can generally be prevented or tempered with periodic comprehensive examinations and diagnostic testing. But the reason we are so excited is that the Steeplechase Wellness Plans address much more than Preventive Care.

No matter which Plan you select, receive a 10% discount on that package of annual preventive care:

Separate Plans are tailored to felines and canines
Standard Plans provide the preventive care recommended for healthy pets
Premium Plans are for pets needing more care

If your pet is not feeling well, unlimited pet checkups through our drop-off program are included
Automatic monthly payments are handled electronically with powerful security protection
To have protection from a potentially high cost if your per gets sick or injured, we recommend pet insurance coverage like we purchase for our employees from one of two highly-rated carriers. If your pet is covered by pet insurance, you will receive another 10% discount on the monthly payments for a Steeplechase Wellness Plan. We would be glad to share what we have learned about pet insurance.
For many other Vet services not covered by our Wellness Plan or pet insurance, you will receive a 10% discount as part of our Wellness Plan, with Citi® Health Card available for manageable monthly payments.
The cost is only

Standard Plan: $21.95/month and $19.95 if you have pet insurance
Premium Plan: $43.95/month and $39.95 if you have pet insurance
Annual enrollment fee: $69.95

To obtain details of each plan, see the Wellness page on our web site: or come  by Steeplechase for more information.  As always, feel free to give us a call at 678-208-2200.
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