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Do animals need dental care too?

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Are you the proud owner of a Bulldog, Pug, Pekingese or Boston Terrier?

If so, Brachycephalic Respiratory Syndrome can become a real threat to your Pet, unless otherwise treated.

Also known as the 'Squish Face' breed (dogs who have compressed/flat facial structure), these types of dogs are more subject to Brachycephalic Respiratory Syndrome than others who have extended facial bones and noses.

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TOP 3 THINGS TO WATCH FOR IF YOU BELIEVE YOUR PET MAY HAVE BRACHYCEPHALIC SYNDROME

  1. Breathing Heavy: As this condition is present at birth, the major signs progress from clapping/flapping sound during heavy/noisy breathing.
  2. Stress, Heat & Exercise: If your Pet is overheating and stressing over a small amount of exercising, it could be that your Pet is not breathing properly.
  3. Gagging, or Retching: When heavy breathing leads to gagging and retching with an upchuck of bile, it's well due time to see your Veterinarian.

TOP 4 THINGS YOU MAY BE ABLE TO DO TO PREVENT BRACHYCEPHALIC SYNDROME

  1. Use a chest harness as opposed to neck collar to avoid anymore restrictions to the airway.
  2. Mild/Slow exercise indoors in cool crisp ventilated environment or outdoors in the evenings to diminish heat exposure.
  3. Elevate feeding and water bowls to a level where your Pet won't have to crouch their neck down to eat/drink.
  4. Keep your Pet at a healthy weight.
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The more common ailment is an elongated soft palate, a portion of skin at the roof of the mouth that hangs just above the windpipe acting as a curtain. Unfortunately, due to the length of the excess skin, it can occasionally get trapped in or block the windpipe causing little to no air way in or out which can be fatal.
In other cases or secondary to the elongated soft palate, is another condition relating to the nostrils title Stenotic Nares. It presents itself with what appears to be pinched/narrowed nostrils that decrease respiration through the nasal passages and makes a mild whistling sound which can complicate sneezing and facilitate and complicate upper airway infection and congestion.
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2 WAYS TO PREVENT BRACHYCEPHALIC RESPIRATORY SYNDROME & STENOTIC NARES

  1. Surgical correction after a doctor examination may be performed permitting there aren't any preexisting conditions that would complicate the correction and or the post-operative healing.
  2. Cosmetic surgical correction is necessary to allow sufficient airflow through the nostrils.

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Be the responsible Parent to your Pet and call us with any questions or concerns. Our staff is here to assist you, please call 1-800-FOR-A-VET!

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June 14th, this past Tuesday morning, a small box was left at the front gates of Grand Pet Care Center... Inside the box was a 3 1/2 year old black and white Chihuahua named, Prancer.

No note was left behind or explanation on how she got there, but there she was. Prancer, at first was timid and afraid, not sure on exactly what her old owners had got herself into.

The Grand Pet Care Center Staff jumped to action. Prancer was immediately feed, watered, bathed and given a cushy dog bed to relax on - and boy is she a happy dog now!

Prancer needs a home, a home where she will feel accepted and part of the household. Prancer loves to give kisses, wags her tail a lot and wants to feel the security of a home again.

Please call 714-558-7622, a...

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It was the fall of 1996 when a young man from local Orange County Boy Scout Troop 543 came to Grand Pet Care Center with a Doggie vision. The Scout requested the opportunity to build an outdoor park where Dogs of all shapes and sizes could run free and enjoy themselves some R&R while boarding at Grand Pet Care Center.

Build it and the Dogs will Come, was the Troop's motto - and that they did!

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With a little financial help from GPCC and a lot of help from the Troops of 543, a large slab of parking lot was transformed into a grassy oasis that any Dog would be proud to run, play and of course relieve themselves on the token Doggie Park fire hydrant.

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We honor and celebrate the men and women who served, fought and died for this nation every November 11th on Americas Veterans Day.

During the month of March, we celebrate our four legged heroes who also served, fought and gave up their lives for the benefit of this nation and her citizens. On March 13th let’s remember to observe and celebrate National K9 Veterans Day!

Why on March 13th you may ask:

Vietnam veteran and founder of K9 Veterans Day, Joseph J. White, decided March 13th was the right day for the holiday because on March 13th, 1942 the United States Army began training dogs for the newly established War Dog Program, the U.S. K-9 Corps was created.

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K9 Veterans Day - March 13th

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In need of companionship? We are two brothers of the same litter and are very well behaved, house broken, and ready to entertain a loving family. At 5 months of age, we are already neutered, dewormed, and fully vaccinated. If you are interested in making us a part of your family, we are more then grateful and can't wait to grow into life long love from here on out. Please contact Grand Pet Care Center for details on our adoption.

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