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Pot for Pets? (Sort of) Hollywood FL Top Veterinary Hospital Explains

Pot for Pets? (Sort of) Hollywood FL Top Veterinary Hospital Explains


Let’s get this out of the way; no we are not suggesting you get your pet stoned. That’s not a good idea for many, many reasons we hopefully don’t need to explain. But as you probably know by now Cannabis (CBD) has been used medicinally for hundreds of years. What you may not know is that it has become more and more prevalent as of late in the treatment of animals. It is important to differentiate THC from CBD. THC is the active ingredient in Marijuana. Hemp, which is what we are talking about here is not medicinal marijuana and is legal for pets without a prescription. It has low THC and high CBD. It is not addictive and doesn’t get your pet high. There are thousands of articles on the efficacy of cannabinoids’ in the treatment of animal, and the evidence is astounding. Read the published survey results collected by Colorado State University.


What ailments can CBD treat in pets?

CBD can be used to treat dogs, cats, horses and most other animals suffering from a number of issues. It acts an anti-inflammatory making it an option for pets with pan and inflammation. It’s also an anti-psychotic that can lower the symptoms of pets suffering from anxiety or aggression. It can aid in digestion and has been a life-changer for pets suffering from cancer or seizures.


Many veterinarians recommended CBD and it is covered by a number of major pet insurers. Of course your veterinarian will need to examine your pet and discuss with you if CBD is the best choice. If so it can be administered by both capsules and biscuits. There are several companies that offer CBD for pets but at DPC we offer Canna-Pet® nutritional CBD for pets. Developed in a collaboration of scientists, medical researchers, and veterinarians, Canna-Pet® is the first and only complete cannabinoid and terpene product designed specifically for cats and dogs.


Call (954) 989-9879 today to schedule an appointment and ask one of our vets if CBD is right for your pet.


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Heartworm Ft. Lauderdale Top Vet Explains What You Need To Know

Heartworm—Ft Lauderdale Top Vet Explains What You Need to Know to Save Your Pet

What is Heartworm?

Heartworm is a type of roundworm transmitted by mosquitoes that lives inside blood vessels of the lungs the heart. It can be a very serious condition that in addition to the heart and lungs can also affect the central nervous system, liver, kidneys and eyes. If left untreated it can potentially be fatal to your pet


What are the Symptoms?

The symptoms of heartworm disease can be difficult to detect. They may be very subtle at first and include:

  • Lack of appetite
  • Weight loss
  • Coughing
  • Lack of energy

As the worms increase so may the symptoms. It’s important to recognize them early on to prevent permanent damage or death.

Which pets are at the greatest risk?

Heartworm infections are increasing throughout the United States and are most prevalent in the southeast. Heartworm disease is more commonly thought of as a condition in dogs but can also affect cats bitten by a mosquito. Talk to your vet about how to mitigate the risks for your pet.

How is heartworm diagnosed?

There are simple blood tests that can usually diagnose heartworm quickly.

What can I do to prevent it?

ProHeart® 6 (moxidectin) is an injection that provides 6 full months of continuous heartworm protection in a single dose. One visit to our veterinary office can provide your pet with extended protection from heartworm disease. There are a number of medications that treat and prevent various heartworm in pets including pills, chewables and topical liquids. Those treatments generally need to be administered monthly and a missed dose could put your dog at risk for heartworm disease which is why we recommend ProHeart® 6 for many pets.

If you are concerned that your pet may have heartworm or are interested in prevention call our Davie Florida veterinary office today at (954) 989-9879 and schedule an appointment.

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New Veterinarian Joins DPC Veterinary Hospital in Davie

(Davie, FL) July 21, 2016

DPC Veterinary Hospital Welcomes Dr. Duke to their Clinic

The veterinarians and staff all are pleased to announce that Dr. Jessica Duke has joined the clinic and in July of 2016 will begin seeing patients at the Davie, FL office located at 6991 Stirling Road.

“We are excited to welcome Dr. Duke to our clinic,” said Nancy Abecassis cohospital director at DPC. “She brings enthusiasm, poise and a kind, gentle nature with her to DPC.”

Dr. Jessica Duke is native of Colorado. After finishing her BS in Biological Sciences at Colorado State University she travelled to St. Kitts to obtain her veterinary degree from Ross University School of Veterinary Medicine. After completing her clinical year at Colorado State University Dr. Duke moved to Miami and worked for two years at Banfield Pet Hospital before joining DPC.

About DPC Veterinary Hospital

DPC is a full-service veterinary clinic in Davie, Florida. Since their establishment in 2001 they have placed the care, diagnosis and treatment of pets as their primary concern. They offer a comprehensive and compassionate approach when treating patients. Their pledge is to provide the highest quality of veterinary care at an affordable price. One of their main goals has always been to make a huge dent in pet overpopulation. DPC has spayed and neutered thousands of animals to date. If you are looking to establish a relationship with a caring veterinary hospital in your local community please stop by and see them soon.

For more information or to schedule an appointment, please contact (954) 989- 9879 or visit

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Hollywood FL Vet Explains Importance of Regular Pet Dental Screenings

Importance of Regular Pet Dental Screenings Explained by Hollywood FL Top Vet

Your pet’s dental health is very similar to yours. The difference is you wouldn’t go months without brushing your teeth or even years without visiting the dentist. 70% of cats and 80% of dogs have some form of dental disease by 3 years of age according to the AVMA.  Dental disease can lead to:

  • tooth loss
  • eating problems
  • bad breath

Oral disease can also affect the functioning of your pet’s vital organs, including the kidneys, liver and heart. The good news is as a pet owner there’s a lot you can do.

Here are a few tips to help safeguard your pet’s oral health.

  1. Provide your pet oral chews designed specifically for oral health, it’s an easy and effective way to help reduce the build-up of tartar on the teeth.
  2. Become familiar with your pet’s teeth at an early age. Examine their mouth regularly and check for sensitive painful areas or lesions.
  3. Use pet friendly toothpastes and rinses to reduce tartar and bacteria build-up.

The Importance of Regular Dental Consultations

To ensure your pets oral health, have your veterinarian complete a dental consult on a regular basis. A vet can determine if your pet requires a non-anesthetic dental cleaning or more extensive work under general anesthesia. Your pet remains awake during a non-anesthetic dental cleaning and it can be a great way for preventative care. A non-anesthetic dental procedure is a dental cleaning completed without anesthesia. However, not all pets are suitable candidates for this procedure, and your veterinarian will determine which is the best option for your pet based on their overall health condition. Anesthetic dental cleanings are often recommended when your pet is showing indications of more advanced oral disease. They may include; polishing, scaling, antibiotics, x-rays, extractions and blood work. Ask your vet which one is right for your pet

Pet dental work can be a serious medical procedure so always be sure that it is performed in a veterinary hospital, by a licensed vet. At DPC Veterinary Hospital in Davie Florida we offer full dental packages for your pet including a FREE consult. Call us today at (954) 989-9879 more information.


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Hollywood FL Vet Explains the Benefits of Pet Laser Therapy

The Benefits of Pet Laser Therapy Explained by the Hollywood Florida’s Areas Top vet

If your older cat or dog has is in pain or has lost some of the bounce in its step consult a Hollywood, FL vet and discuss the appropriateness of pet laser therapy. Laser therapy has been around for decades for humans and is used to treat athletes for back strain, sore shoulders, knee pain and other ailments. Today the same treatment that NFL pros routinely receive in the locker room is now available for dogs and cats.

If you have an older pet the odds are 1 in 5 that it will develop arthritis but even if it doesn’t the tissue around joints will start to deteriorate as part of the natural aging process. In either case your pet will slow down simply to avoid the pain associated with arthritis or “creaky joints.”  Laser therapy can rejuvenate those tissues at the cellular level bringing instant relief from discomfort and providing the foundation for healthy cell growth.

How Pet Laser Therapy Works

Lasers are amazingly useful devices for a wide range of diverse tasks including bouncing signals off satellites, slicing metal, precise microsurgery, and in the case of pets, cellular rejuvenation. Lasers are essentially sources of “light energy” that can be tuned to perform specific tasks.

In veterinary use, a small handheld laser emitter is passed over the affected area of the pet by a trained veterinarian delivering “light energy packets.” This energy is absorbed by the damaged cells triggering the production of ATP, a substance that fuels the rejuvenation and repair of cells. The more ATP produced the faster the cells are rejuvenated.

For your pet this is a relaxing, no stress experience similar to the way you feel when getting a massage. Your pet will feel a healing warmth and some dogs have been known to get so relaxed they fall asleep. For discomfort associated with arthritis or aging tissue the results are almost immediate and your pet will leave the vet feeling much better than he or she felt when they arrived.

Laser therapy has significant advantages over other treatments. There is no preparation required, no shaving of fur or fasting, obviously no surgical procedure is needed and it is far safer and more desirable than a drug therapy.

If you would like to give your four legged buddy relief from the creaks and pains of getting older, give DPC Veterinary Clinic, a Hollywood favorite pick for animal care a call today for details or to set an appointment.


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Davie’s Top Vet Explains Benefits of Neutering

The Benefits of Getting Your Pet Spayed or Neutered Explains by Davie Florida’s Premier Vet

We all know that getting your pet spayed or neutered is the responsible thing to do to help prevent over population. Buy in addition to preventing unwanted litters, there are some long-term health benefits for pets that get spayed or neutered.

Here are just a few of the benefits to you and your pet:

  • Males will do just about anything when it comes to mating like digging under fences to get outside. They can put them selves in danger by getting loose and roaming the streets where they can get hit by a car or run into another male looking for a fight. Neutering keeps your guy close to home.
  • Females in heat have all kinds of issue like frequent urination; that’s both uncomfortable for the pet and annoyance in the house.
  • There’s a misconception out there that neutering and spaying will make your pet obese. It’s not true.
  • Neutering will save you money and keep you pet healthier by keeping them close to home where they can avoid disease.
  • Spaying females before her first heat, can help prevent uterine infections and breast cancer, which is fatal in about 90% of cats and half of dogs.
  • Neutering your puppy can almost eliminate their chance of ever getting testicular cancer.

If you have any questions about getting you pet spayed or neutered give DPC Veterinary Hospital in Davie a call today at (954) 989-9879.

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Holiday Safety Tips From Hollywood Florida’s Best Vet

How You and Your Pets Can Have a Happy Holiday From Hollywood Florida’s Vet Dr. Megan Cassels-Conway, DVM

‘Tis the season for extravagant holiday feasts, gathering of family and friends, cookies and candy and all the decadence of the holidays. At the veterinary clinic ’tis the season for pancreatitis, gastroenteritis and chocolate toxicity. All the wonderful things we love about the holidays can spell disaster if our furry friends partake alongside us. Vomiting cats and dogs with diarrhea put a damper on the holiday spirit but can easily be prevented. Use this guide as your holiday helper this season to avoid the major culprits of the holiday pet woes.


This is one most people know about but do you know just how little it takes? The darker the chocolate the more theobromine and caffeine, making baking chocolate the worst. Signs range from mild vomiting and diarrhea to seizures and heart arrythmias and eventually death. Baked goods are not quite as bad as pure chocolate but can still pack quite the punch.

Turkey, Ham, Drippings and Gravy

There’s a good chance you’re four-legged friends will be staring you down during your entire meal pred, but don’t give in to the pouty eyes. Meat skin, fat, drippings and gravy can be extremely high in fat for pets. This is a level of fat they are not used to and their body cannot metabolize properly. These levels of fat result in pancreatitis, a severe inflammation of the pancreas (the organ producing enzymes to break down fat in the intestines). Pancreatitis is typically seen as bloody vomiting and diarrhea, although both are not always seen. Pork products or turkey skin are frequent culprits of pancreatitis but any high fat food can do the trick. Pancreatitis can cause severe dehydration and can become life threatening. It is best to avoid human food for all pets.

Onions and Garlic

Members of the onion and garlic family can be toxic to dogs and cats in very low doses. Feeding any food that has been cooked with onions or garlic is enough to do the trick. Ingestion leads to destruction of red blood cells, needed to transport oxygen around the body. Dramatic anemia can occur within hours and leave your pet severely weak with breathing difficulty.


Sugar substitutes are a common way we watch our waistlines over the holidays. Xyltitol is one of those sugar substitutes found in many candies, gum and even peanut butter. Canine bodies do not recognize a difference between xylitol and regular sugar and release large amounts of insulin which can result in severe hypoglycemia. Later on xylitol causes death of liver tissue.

Nuts and Raisins

Some of our favorite holiday snacks and cookie ingredients can lead to severe medical concerns in pets. Macademia nuts can cause neurologic problems from weakness to seizures in dogs. Effects on cats are unknown. Raisins and grapes have an unknown component which causes severe kidney damage with as little as 1-2 grapes or raisins.


This may seem like an obvious one but happens more often than you would think. Alcohol poisoning occurs in dogs and cats with much smaller amounts than you might imagine. For a small puppy or kitten, even a few licks of a spilt drink on the floor can affect the nervous system and heart. The holidays are full of wine, beer, eggnog and other festive libations. Enjoy the festivities but be sure to clean up spills and keep an eye on drinks, never leaving them unattended.

And if you just have to give in…

If those pouty puppy or kitty eyes get the better of you, what can you give your pet? Stick with raw or steamed vegetables and fruits. Dark green vegetables such as broccoli, green beans, spinach; carrots; apples and sweet potatoes are healthy, safe treats for pets when they au natural. Problems arise when they are cooked with butter, oil, cream or drippings. You can always give regular dog food or biscuits, as well in moderation. Sometimes your pet just wants to feel included and have a little snack while you eat.

If your pet is know to have eaten a toxic food or substance, call your veterinarian immediately. Daytime emergency care is offered at DPC Veterinary Hospital in Davie, FL. Contact your veterinarian immediately if your pet shows any of the signs discussed above. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call us at (954) 989-9879.