Tips & Advice

Advice From Our Vets

Our Flat Rock veterinarians at Western Carolina Regional Animal Hospital & Veterinary Emergency Hospital share information and helpful tips to help you keep your pets healthy and happy.

Tularemia in Dogs: Symptoms, Causes & Treatment

Tularemia in Dogs: Symptoms, Causes & Treatment

Tularemia (also referred to as ‘Rabbit Fever’) is a bacterial disease that’s usually mild in healthy dogs. However, this condition can prove deadly for pets with compromised immune systems. Our Flat Rock vets explain tularemia in dogs and how your pooch may contract this relatively rare disease. 

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Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever in Dogs

Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever in Dogs

The tick-borne disease Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever (RMSF) is found in dogs across the United States. It can cause a host of symptoms ranging from mild to potentially life-threatening. Today, our Flat rock vets explain causes, symptoms and treatments for Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever in dogs.

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What is ehrlichiosis in dogs?

What is ehrlichiosis in dogs?

Ehrlichiosis can occur in dogs that have been bitten by ticks infected with this disease. It’s imperative that it’s detected early and treated. Our Flat Rock vets explain ehrlichiosis symptoms in dogs, and how the disease is detected and treated.

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How to Spot the Signs of Heatstroke in Dogs

How to Spot the Signs of Heatstroke in Dogs

Hot summer weather in Flat Rock NC means that our vets are seeing a rise in the number dogs arriving at our emergency veterinary clinic with symptoms of heatstroke. Here are some of the symptoms of this potentially deadly condition, as well as what you should do if you think that your dog may be suffering from heatstroke. 

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Common Cat Illnesses: Causes & Symptoms

Common Cat Illnesses: Causes & Symptoms

Many cat illnesses and symptoms can affect their long-term physical health and wellbeing, or even be fatal if not treated proactively. Our Flat Frock vets provide insight and advice on signs of illness.  

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Is Your Cat Overweight? Signs, Symptoms & What to Do

Is Your Cat Overweight? Signs, Symptoms & What to Do

Cats (especially indoor cats, or older ones with slower metabolism) may battle weight gain. In this post, we review signs that your cat may be overweight and how to address the issue.  

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Vaccinating Your Pet - Core Vaccines vs Lifestyle Vaccines

Vaccinating Your Pet - Core Vaccines vs Lifestyle Vaccines

Vaccinations can help to protect your pet from serious, sometimes deadly conditions, but do all pets face the same amount of risk of contracting these conditions? Today our Flat Rock vets explain the differences between essential, core vaccines and lifestyle vaccines.

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Which foods are toxic to dogs?

Which foods are toxic to dogs?

Dogs love to eat, but there are some regular human foods that their paws should never touch. Our Flat Rock vets explain which items are particularly important to ensure they stay away from. 

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Laser Spay or Traditional Spay: Which is Better?

Laser Spay or Traditional Spay: Which is Better?

Spaying is a rite of passage for a female cat or dog (and the responsible, loving thing to do for your pet), but should you choose a laser spay or traditional spay for your furry companion? Our Flat Rock vets share their best advice about spaying your pet. 

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Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy (TPLO) Surgery for Dogs: Procedure and Recovery

Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy (TPLO) Surgery for Dogs: Procedure and Recovery

Considering Tibial Plateau Leveling Osteotomy (TPLO) surgery for your dog? In this post, our Flat Rock vets describe the procedure and what to expect as he recovers. 

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