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Our Santa Cruz veterinary team is here to share helpful tips and advice in order to keep your pets healthy and happy, from their first year to their golden years. 

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Best Reptiles For Beginners

Best Reptiles For Beginners

Reptiles are excellent pets, but they have certain requirements that cats and dogs do not. When adopting a reptile you need to understand the requirements to determine whether it is appropriate for you and your home. Our Santa Cruz vets list the best reptiles for beginners.

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Signs Of Joint Pain In Dogs

Signs Of Joint Pain In Dogs

Joint pain is very common in dogs of all ages. It will start to affect their quality of life if left untreated and can develop into serious conditions and injuries. Joint pain in dogs can be challenging to spot so our Santa Cruz vets walk you through the types, causes, and treatments. 

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Osteoarthritis in Dogs

Osteoarthritis in Dogs

Osteoarthritis is a progressive, degenerative condition in dogs. There's no cure for this painful condition, however, our Santa Cruz vets can provide treatments that may help manage symptoms and allow your dog to enjoy a good quality of life as they age.

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Puppies: Teeth, Teething and Chewing

Puppies: Teeth, Teething and Chewing

Pain caused by teething often leads our four-legged babies to chew on things they shouldn't - including favorite shoes or accessible toes. When your new puppy is teething, it can be very frustrating for pet owners.  Today, our Santa Cruz vets share advice on how to help get through this trying time.

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What is a Reverse Sneeze in Dogs

What is a Reverse Sneeze in Dogs

Has your dog ever suddenly stopped, extends their neck, and produces a loud snorting sound? There is a good chance that you have just witnessed a reverse sneeze, and while it may be somewhat alarming it is common in small dogs. Below, our Santa Cruz vets explain paroxysmal respiration.

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Everything You Need To Know About Seizures In Dogs

Everything You Need To Know About Seizures In Dogs

There are a number of reasons that your dog may have a seizure ranging from heat exhaustion to epilepsy. Today our Santa Cruz vets share some of the reasons that dogs have seizures, and what you should do if your dog has a seizure.

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Tapeworms in Dogs

Tapeworms in Dogs

Tapeworms are a common parasite that can infect dogs. Today our Santa Cruz vets discuss tapeworms in dogs - including the common symptoms and treatments.

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Anal Gland Disease in Dogs

Anal Gland Disease in Dogs

Is your dog 'scooting' on their butt or having difficulties passing stool? Anal gland disease could be the culprit. Our Santa Cruz vets explain the causes, symptoms and treatments for this uncomfortable condition in dogs.

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Why Your Dog Is Eating Grass

Why Your Dog Is Eating Grass

Our Santa Cruz vets are often asked by dog owners why their dog keeps eating grass, and whether it is safe. Here our team shares some of the reasons dogs eat grass, and when you should be concerned.

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Chocolate Poisoning in Dogs

Chocolate Poisoning in Dogs

While we should avoid giving our dogs candy in general, chocolate, in particular, can carry serious and sometimes deadly side effects if consumed in the right quantities. Here, our Santa Cruz vets explain. 

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