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Your go-to resource for everything you want to know about your dog or cat. Follow along as we share pet healthcare tips, pet-friendly opportunities in the Triangle, Truss Vet news, and more!

Recognizing and Addressing Breathing Issues in Dogs: A Guide for Pet Owners

February 14, 2024

Medically reviewed by Ruby Wistreich, RVT and Bradley J. Waffa, MSPH, DVM The following is provided for informational purposes only. It goes without saying that not being able to breathe, or not being able to breathe adequately, represents an acute, life-threatening emergency. If you have any concerns about your pet’s breathing, please do not attempt…

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Wound Care for Dogs: A Guide

December 29, 2023

Medically reviewed by Ruby Wistreich, RVT and Bradley J. Waffa, MSPH, DVM Dogs are like kids: they love to play and roughhouse and—just like kids—they sometimes get hurt. In this blog post, we’ll broadly explore the various kinds of wounds we see in dogs, discuss the healing process, and provide an overview for pet owners…

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Navigating Pet Emergencies: When to Take Action and What Steps to Follow

December 1, 2023

Medically reviewed by Brad Waffa, DVM, Ruby Wistreich, RVT Pets bring immense joy and companionship to our lives, but as responsible pet owners, it’s important to be prepared for emergencies. Just like humans, animals can face unexpected health crises, accidents, or injuries. Knowing how to recognize a pet emergency and taking prompt action can make…

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Canine Infectious Disease Outbreak: Winter 2023

November 24, 2023

Medically reviewed by Bradley J. Waffa, MSPH, DVM Last Updated: 12/13/2023 If you have a dog, you’ve likely heard some buzz about a mysterious respiratory pathogen that has been spreading around the country. As the Triangle’s premiere veterinary urgent care, we have been getting many calls from concerned pet owners. We are updating this page…

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Stomach Problems in Dogs: Common Causes and Potential Remedies

November 16, 2023

Medically reviewed by Bradley J. Waffa, MSPH, DVM and Ruby Fishbein, RVT If you’ve noticed your dog seems to have an upset stomach, read on! We’re here to examine a few common reasons for gastrointestinal (GI) upset and share some simple tips to help your dog feel better. Whether Fluffy began a new diet, got…

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When to Use an Urgent Care Veterinarian vs. an Emergency Vet

September 17, 2023

Medically reviewed by Bradley J. Waffa, MSPH, DVM Veterinary medicine is constantly evolving to serve the needs of today’s pet parents. In recent years, veterinary urgent care clinics, modeled after human urgent care, have popped up as an alternative to 24/7 emergency hospitals. Just like in human healthcare, if you can’t get into your primary…

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How to Choose The Best Pet Insurance For Your Dog or Cat

May 11, 2023

There is no better way to safeguard your pet’s health and your finances than by signing up for pet insurance. If your pet needs emergency care, the last thing you want to worry about is the bill, and how you’re going to pay for it. But finding the right pet insurance provider can be challenging,…

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Urgent Care vs. Emergency Hospital: What Is The Difference?

March 22, 2023

The concept of “urgent care” is a familiar one. Almost all of us, unable to get in quickly with our primary care doctor or needing a quick in-and-out solution to a health problem, have relied on a human urgent care clinic to address an issue at some point. Convenience and focus have been core to…

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Dog Park Bars in the Triangle

March 17, 2023

Have you ever been to a dog park and watched your precious Fluffy try to hump every other dog and thought to yourself, “I could really use a beer right now?” What about when you were enjoying happy hour with your friends, and Fluffy was tied to your picnic bench, but you were sitting there…

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Why do dogs lick?

March 3, 2023

Medically reviewed by Dr. Bradley J. Waffa, MSPH, DVM Why do dogs lick you? And why do dogs lick themselves? And is there ever a time you should be concerned about your dog’s licking behavior? Dogs experience the world in different ways than humans, and one way is through their tongues! We also tackle the…

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