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  1. The most common intestinal parasite of dogs and cats can be transmitted to you and your children. See your veterinarian today to have your pet tested. (Read more at

  2. Obesity is a growing problem for pets in our nation. Obesity may predispose your pet to diabetes or heart problems and increases the chance of joint and muscle damage.

  3. Parvovirus is a contagious virus of unvaccinated dogs that causes loss of appetite, vomiting, bloody diarrhea, and sometimes death. This disease is easily preventable with vaccines.

  4. Increases in amount of water that your pet is drinking may be a sign of many diseases such as diabetes, kidney disease, liver disease, and thyroid disease. We offer Senior Preventive Screening to test your pet.

  5. Is your older pet less active than he/she used to be? Many dogs and cats suffer in silence from arthritis. Take this short quiz to see if your pet may have arthritis:
    1. Does your pet show signs of slowing down, tiring easily, or lagging behind on walks?
    2. Does your pet limp or appear stiff after exercise?
    3. Does your pet have difficulty rising or is reluctant to climb stairs?
    4. Have you ever given your pet medication for pain?
    5. Has your pet gained weight in the past year?
    If you answered yes to any of these questions, you need to have your pet examined to determine if he/she has arthritis.

  6. Heartworm disease, transmitted by mosquitoes, is a threat to both dogs and cats in North Carolina. Year-round prevention is important to protect your pet. (Read more at

  7. Many human foods and medicines are toxic to pets. Never give dogs or cats such foods as onions, chocolate, grapes or raisins, or sugar-free candy or gum. One dose of ibuprofen or naproxen can be deadly for your pet! (Read more at

  8. Warm winter days in North Carolina allow flea populations to thrive throughout the winter. Monthly prevention is needed to prevent infestations of your pet and your house.

  9. Eighty percent of pets over the age of 3 years have dental disease. Bad breath is often the first sign of dental disease.

  10. Over 6,000 unwanted dogs and cats were euthanized at the Burlington Animal Shelter in 2007. Spay or neuter your pets to help reduce the pet over-population problem. This is everyone's responsibility!