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Elderly Pets Part 2 – Arthritis and Your Pet

by Dr. Lance Weidenbaum and Dr. Michael Shaff

Elderly dog lying on his back basking in the sun.

As dogs and cats age they suffer many of the same conditions that affect their owners. Arthritis is common in older animals and is just as painful and frustrating for them as it is for us. We routinely check older pets for flexibility and mobility, to identify any problems, yet we are not with your animals on a daily basis. Your help is needed to ensure they live comfortable and healthy lives, so please alert us when you notice changes in their condition.

Ask Moses: How does pet insurance work?

The handsome face of Moses the cat.


Dear Moses,

We keep hearing about pet insurance and seeing the brochures in your lobby, but we don't understand how it works. Can you explain it?

– Confused by Options


Dear "Confused", 

Pet health insurance works a bit differently than human health insurance. You will pay your veterinary bill up front, and then be reimbursed directly by your pet insurance policy. The reimbursement depends on what services are covered by your policy, as well as your deductible and co-pay, if applicable.

Elderly Pets Need Extra Care: Part 1 – Signs of Old Age

by Dr. Lance Weidenbaum and Dr. Michael Shaff

Elderly dog sleeping on dog bed.

Only a few decades ago, ten years was a long lifetime for most pets. Today our knowledge of veterinary medicine, understanding of animal care, and the excellent foods and medicines available allow pets to share our lives for many years. Many cats now live 15 or even 20 years. Large breed dogs that historically had short lifespans may live 10 - 12 years, and their smaller cousins like Chihuahuas and Pugs can expect to live 12 - 15 years, with a few even reaching their 20s.

Pets Need Dental Care, too!

by Dr. Lance Weidenbaum and Dr. Michael Shaff

Just like a human, your pet's dental condition can affect their health in many ways.  

Dogs and cats need regular teeth cleaning: To help your pets remain healthy, we look at their teeth during every exam and report to you on their condition. If your pet needs a cleaning or is having a problem, we'll let you know! 

Gum disease causes heart and kidney problems in pets: Most of us are aware that gum disease in humans can contribute significantly to heart disease, but many people don't realize that pets have the same issues. …

Charlie needs a home! ADOPTED!


Charlie the English Bulldog

Charlie is an English Bulldog with a classic cutie pie underbite and stocky frame.

He is two years old, male, and his owner can no longer care for him.

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We are seeking a new permanent home for Charlie with someone who loves bulldogs and  can give him plenty of attention every day. 

As a young dog he's playful and like all dogs, he needs a great owner to give him some structure and purpose in life. 

Charlie is done growing, this is as big as he'll get, but as a young dog he still needs lots of exercise. …

Holiday Dinners are not good for your pets!

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by Dr. Lance Weidenbaum and Dr. Michael Shaff

At Deer Run Animal Hospital we treat pets like people, but there are times when this can be harmful to your dog or cat.  

The winter holiday season is one of those times. While it is extremely tempting to share your beautiful holiday dinner with your pets, doing so may result in an emergency visit to our office, or even permanent harm to your faithful companion.  If you want to make your pet feel like he or she is part of the celebration, give them a little extra serving of their own food. 

New Dog Tie-Out Regulations in Broward County

by Dr. Lance Weidenbaum, your Deerfield Beach Veterinarian 

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As your veterinarians in Deerfield Beach, we try keep you informed about changes in animal and pet regulations in Broward and Palm Beach counties that may affect you and your pet. 

In February 2013, Broward County set strict standards for the conditions under which dogs can be kept outside. Violators can be fined $250 for the first offense, $500 for the second offense, and could also face animal cruelty charges.

Should I shave my pet? Do pets get sunburned? And other hot weather tips for pet life in South Florida.

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by Dr. Michael Shaff

One of our clients asked this week if he should shave his pets to help them handle Florida's heat and humidity. South Florida can be hot year around – even in the winter months we sometimes get temperatures in the mid- to high 80s. Here are some tips about how to keep your pet safe and comfortable in our tropical climate. 


Shaving depends on the pet

We recognize that there are people who advocate for shaving your dog and people who are against it. 

Ask Moses: Why doesn't my cat use the scratching post?

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Dear Moses,

We bought our cat a nice tall scratching post with sisal on it, but he still sharpens his claws on the dining room carpet. We don't want to declaw him, but we don't understand why he doesn't like his scratching post. What can we do? 

– Frayed Carpet


Dear "Frayed", 

You did the right thing by buying a nice scratching post – I'd sure use it! We cats use scratching to shed old covering from our nails, and to mark our territory. …

Why does my indoor pet need vaccinations?

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by Dr. Lance Weidenbaum

Clients frequently ask us if their indoor dog or cat really needs vaccinations. The answer can be different for each household, so I'll explain some of the concerns we consider when we evaluate your pet. Vaccines are designed to prevent some of the worst diseases your pet can be exposed to, saving your pet's life, the lives of other animals, and possibly your life. 

Even indoor pets are exposed to diseases: Many people believe their indoor pets will not be exposed to any diseases, but this is a misconception. …


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