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Aticle BannerIf you are looking for high-quality veterinary care utilizing state-of-the-art technology, then you should bring your pet to Bluestar Pet Hospital in Jacksonville, FL. From preventative wellness, to emergency veterinary services, we are here to offer a full range of animal care services. Whether you have a senior pet with health concerns, a new pet, or simply want to ensure your pet is in the best hands possible, we are here to assist you.

We know that your pet is part of your family which is why we always aspire to deliver exceptional veterinary care to ensure your pet receives the treatment they need.

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To declaw or not?
Cat declawing is a controversial subject. Some believe it’s quite alright and that it’s much like trimming the nails. However, some say it’s a painful procedure, similar to cutting off the fingers at the first knuckle. Even some veterinarians now refuse to carry out the procedure.

Cat declawing is banned in many countries including in the UK, Australia, Japan, and in some European Union countries. New York recently became the first state in the US to ban cat declawing.

So, why is declawing so bad? Here are some reasons:
  • Claws enable cats to defend themselves from predators and other enemies, and without claws, they would be quite vulnerable.
  • Clawing is part of healthy, and natural behavior for a cat. The act enables cats to enjoy themselves, stretch their muscles and exercise, and maintain their nails in good condition.
  • Contrary to what most people believe, declawed cats are more aggressive and tend to bite more as a means of self-defense.
  • The pain continues long after the surgery.
  • Declawed cats display many behavioral problems including littering outside the box.
  • Toes help keep our balance, which is the same for cats. When their toes and claws are affected, they have to learn to walk again.

Instead of declawing your cat, here are some measures you can take:
  • Trim your cats’ nails regularly.
  • Have some scratching posts for your cat.
  • Teach your cat where to scratch and where not to scratch.

Quality time with your older dog can mean many different things. The important thing is to follow your dog’s lead and show him or her lots of love and affection.
How to brush your dog’s teeth
If you don’t brush your dog’s teeth regularly, plaque can build up, causing bad breath, tooth decay, and gum disease. Painful infections, and life-threatening conditions can occur. Daily brushing is ideal, but even once every three days is alright.

The routine for brushing your dog’s teeth:
  1. Select a time when it’s relaxed.
  2. Have the tools: A doggy toothbrush with softer and angled brushes, and dog toothpaste (Human toothpaste may upset his stomach.)
  3. Adopt a position where both of you are comfortable. If the dog seems upset, stop, and try later.
  4. Check whether he’s alright with your touch by slowly rubbing a finger against his teeth and gums. Do this several times to make him comfortable.
  5. Check whether the dog likes the toothpaste by having him lick some off your finger. Continue this for a few days and if he refuses to lick it, test another brand.
  6. Try the toothbrush and toothpaste together when he’s comfortable with both. Lift the upper lip, and angle the bristles to touch the gum line.
  7. Brush in small circles, reaching the top and bottom on both sides. Some light bleeding is alright, but if it’s heavy or persistent, be gentler. Talk to the vet.
  8. Brush a few teeth at a time, adding more each day; focus on the plaque. Start with the outsides of teeth; if you can’t brush the insides, don’t worry as the dog’s tongue can keep that area clean.
  9. Comfort him throughout the process; explain what you are doing.
  10. Make it a positive experience, give him a treat or an extra cuddle afterwards. Arrange professional dental cleanings with your vet.
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Bluestar at Saint Johns on County Rd 210
2851 County Rd 210 #119 St Johns, FL 32259, United States
Phone: (904) 720-4275
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