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  • Nexgard now available at Briarcrest

    Briarcrest Veterinary Care Center recommends routine tick and flea control for our patients.  Frontline is the product we have recommended for many years due to its ease of use and effectiveness. Many of our clients purchase Frontline from our pharmacy. Merial, the company that makes Frontline now has a new tick and flea product for dogs only. Nexgard is a monthly, oral, chewable, product similar ...

    Posted at August 28, 2014 | By : | Categories : Preventative Care | Comments Off on Nexgard now available at Briarcrest
  • Meet Shyla

    Shyla presented to Briarcrest Veterinary Care Center on 6/12/14 at 10 weeks of age. She was one of a litter of Labrador Retriever puppies. The owner of the puppies had noticed that this puppy was not developing like the other puppies and took her to a veterinarian in Phoenix.  The veterinarian diagnosed her with a cleft palette. The owners relinquished her to Desert Labrador Retriever ...

    Posted at July 22, 2014 | By : | Categories : Briarcrest | Comments Off on Meet Shyla
  • Toad Poisoning!!

    Monsoon season brings out desert toads. The Sonoran Desert Toad ( Bufo Alvarius) is poisonous to dogs! Follow this link for information concerning this toad and what to do if your dog encounters one. Toad Poisoning    

    Posted at July 21, 2014 | By : | Categories : Canine Health | Comments Off on Toad Poisoning!!
  • The Cost of Veterinary Care

           The Cost of Veterinary Medicine Do you feel like veterinary medical care is expensive? You’re correct if you think that the cost of excellent veterinary care, like most things, has risen over time. But when you compare the cost of a veterinary medical procedure or treatment, to a comparable one in human medicine, ...

    Posted at April 18, 2014 | By : | Categories : Veterinary Care | Comments Off on The Cost of Veterinary Care
  • Dental Discount Extended Through March

    February was National Pet Dental Health Month and we celebrated by offering a 15 % discount to all pets who had a professional dental cleaning done at Briarcrest during the month. We are extending the discount through March 31! Oral disease is the most common health problem treated in small animal veterinary clinics today. The build-up of bacteria in your pet’s mouth may cause ...

    Posted at February 3, 2014 | By : | Categories : Dental Health | Comments Off on Dental Discount Extended Through March
  • Anesthesia at Briarcrest Veterinary Care Center

    Anesthesia for surgical or diagnostic procedures can be a cause for concern for many pet owners. Although anesthesia always carries a risk, recent studies have shown that with improved anesthetic protocols and monitoring that risk can be minimized. One retrospective study showed the risk of anesthetic death in dogs to be as low as 0.17% in dogs and 0.24% in cats. These values were found to be even lower in dogs and cats that were ...

    Posted at September 19, 2013 | By : | Categories : Veterinary Care | Comments Off on Anesthesia at Briarcrest Veterinary Care Center
  • Common Household Toxins

    COMMON HOUSEHOLD TOXINS Many foods and other substances found around your home can be toxic to your pets.  Here is a list of some of the more common toxins to help you protect your pets.   Chocolate:  Can cause a range of symptoms depending on how much is ingested and the type of chocolate eaten.  Dark baker’s chocolate is more toxic than milk chocolate.  Signs include vomiting ...

    Posted at June 12, 2013 | By : | Categories : Owner Info | Comments Off on Common Household Toxins
  • Getting your cat to the vet: some useful tips

    There are currently over 74 million pet cats in the United States, compared to about 70 million pet dogs.  Despite an increased number of pet cats over dogs, fewer cats receive veterinary care annually than dogs. Last year, 45% of pet cats (over 33 million!) did not see a veterinarian (1). Annual examinations for cats are important both to update their vaccines ...

    Posted at May 15, 2013 | By : | Categories : Cat | Comments Off on Getting your cat to the vet: some useful tips
  • Choosing a new dog for your family

    Introducing a new dog into your home can be an exciting adventure. Make sure to select your new addition to your family with care and research your new pet before making this important decision.  We are happy to help with this process and are available to answer any questions you may ...

    Posted at May 6, 2013 | By : | Categories : Owner Info | Comments Off on Choosing a new dog for your family
  • Dogs and cats get cavities

    Most of the time we deal with periodontal (gum) disease in dogs and cats. Although not as common as in people, dogs and cats do get cavities. Here is a recent cavity we dealt with on one of our dental patients. The tooth had to be extracted. Here is an X-Ray of another cavity, in a different tooth, in the same patient, that also had to be extracted.

    Posted at April 19, 2013 | By : | Categories : Dental Health | Comments Off on Dogs and cats get cavities
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