5 Quick Tips For When You Have to Leave Your Dog Alone

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A question we get a lot from dog owners is whether it’s okay for their dogs to be left at home during the day. It’s easy to feel a bit guilty when we are about to depart and our furry ones look so sad. But there is a benefit in leaving your pet alone from time to time. It can boost confidence and give your pet a sense of security in the home, as well as avoid separation anxiety down the road. 

There is also the risk of too much time spent alone, which can lead to behavioral problems. The team at Summeridge Animal Clinic is here to discuss how to leave your pet alone, so that they remain happy and engaged, without feeling the anxiety of separation.


Heart Disease In Dogs: What You Need To Know

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Heart disease is one of the leading causes of death in humans, but it doesn’t stop there. Heart disease in dogs is a growing problem – an average of 7-8 million dogs in the United States are afflicted. 

Although heart disease affects certain breeds more than others and has a variety of causes, all pet owners should be aware of the signs and risk factors associated with the condition. It could save your pet’s life!

Causes of Heart Disease In Dogs

There are two types of heart disease in dogs; congenital and acquired. Congenital is the least common – diagnosed in about 5% of dogs – and is typically found during puppyhood. Acquired heart disease is divided into two categories:


Pet Friendly Gardening This Spring

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Spring has officially sprung, and if you are like us at Summeridge Animal Clinic we are sure that you are itching to get outside and do a little gardening. And like us, you probably have a furry friend or two that might be joining you.

Having a green thumb doesn’t mean that you need to trade in your pet’s safety, however. We have plenty of tips on pet friendly gardening so that everyone gets to enjoy the sunshine.

Pick Your Plants

When deciding what to plant in your garden, taking your pets into account is important. It is only natural for them to be curious about what you are growing, so be sure to consider that they may take a nibble at some point.