3 Reasons to Avoid Feeding Raw and Grain-Free Pet Diets

With the overwhelming amount of pet food choices available, choosing the right product for your pet can be extremely difficult. Many pet foods claim to be “all natural,” “organic,” or “grain-free,” but does this mean they are healthier options for our furry friends? Choosing a healthy diet for your pet is an important decision that [...]

Common Orthopedic Conditions of Dogs

Your dog’s bones and joints withstand a lot of wear and tear, especially if they are an energetic Labrador retriever or rambunctious German shepherd. In addition, some dog breeds are genetically predisposed to orthopedic problems and more likely to be affected. If your dog develops a sudden lameness or seems painful, a thorough exam and [...]

Darren the Dachshund’s Dreamy Dental

Pet dental disease is preventable and treatable, yet 85% of pets have tooth problems by age 3, and dental disease is the most commonly diagnosed pet problem. Best Friends Veterinary Care wants to answer this question: Why do so many pets suffer with tooth problems? One of our most knowledgeable patients, Darren the dachshund, lists [...]

Wellness Visits and Veterinary Preventive Care

Regular veterinary wellness visits—and not only visits when your pet is sick—are fundamental to their health and general well-being. Annual or biannual visits give your veterinarian the opportunity to track your pet’s health and identify problems early. Learn what a veterinary wellness visit entails, and its importance to your pet’s health. Thorough physical exam Our [...]

How to Support Your Furry Friends After Losing a Pet

Losing a beloved pet is an experience no one wishes to endure. Most pet owners anticipate an eventual loss when they bring home a new pet, but facing the actual event is never easy. And, as difficult as this process is for us, did you ever consider how your other pets would handle this transition? [...]

10 Illuminating Laser Therapy Facts Every Nesconset Pet Owner Needs to Know

Here at Best Friends Veterinary Care, we’re excited to use treatment modalities that create the fewest side effects, but are still extremely effective. We’ve embraced traditional Chinese veterinary medicine (TCVM), acupuncture, and herbal medicine, and we also offer laser therapy. You may not have heard much about this treatment modality for cats and dogs, especially [...]

5 Easy Ways to Enrich Your Indoor Cat’s Life

As you look at your tubby tabby lounging in the windowsill, you probably think your cat has the life—every day they have a full food dish, endless cat naps, and a handy servant who scratches behind their ears. Your feline friend may appear content, but as time goes on, they pack on the pounds and [...]

Taking Care of Your Senior Pet’s Health

Remember the early days when your pet was full of mischief and questions? Life becomes calmer as they mellow over time, and your bond grows deeper and stronger. However, your pet’s senior phase can bring new concerns about their health. Senior pets tend to have similar problems as senior humans, but aren’t as good at [...]

7 Fun Facts About Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine

Perhaps you know that Best Friends Veterinary Care offers holistic care for your pets, including acupuncture and other Traditional Chinese Veterinary Medicine (TCVM) practices. But do you know how they can benefit your pet? Or what they entail? Read on for some fascinating tidbits about this alternative treatment style, and how our veterinary team uses [...]

5 Ways to Choose a Healthy Diet for Your Pet

We are asked all the time in our hospital, “What is the best food to feed my pet?” Unfortunately, the question may be common, but finding the right answer is difficult. When choosing a healthy diet for your pet, there is no one perfect food. Over time, your pet’s nutritional needs will change, and what [...]

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