Truss Tips


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!

Snakes in North Carolina: Protecting Your Dog This Summer

June 17, 2024

Medically reviewed by Ruby Wistreich, RVT and Bradley J. Waffa, MSPH, DVM Summer in North Carolina: you’re probably envisioning warm weather, blooming flowers, and opportunities for plenty of outdoor adventures! If you live in NC, you’re probably also aware that this season brings peak activity for some of nature’s most misunderstood creatures too: snakes. Being…

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Understanding Cat (Feline) Urinary Issues: Symptoms, Causes, and When to Seek Veterinary Care

June 7, 2024

Medically reviewed by Ruby Wistreich, RVT and Bradley J. Waffa, MSPH, DVM Cats are known for their mysterious and independent nature, but when it comes to their health, they need our attentive care. One of the most common health problems in cats is urinary issues. These problems can stem from a variety of causes, both…

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Truss Vet x Durham Bulls K9 Club

April 25, 2024

Exciting news is in the air this baseball season as Truss Vet teams up with the Durham Bulls to introduce the K9 Club! For those who love baseball just as much as their dogs, Bark in the Park is the event for you!    What is the K9 Club? The K9 Club is an exclusive…

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

February 14, 2024

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 to self-diagnose, but bring them to your nearest veterinary clinic for immediate…

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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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