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Transitioning Your Pup: From Kibble to Fresh Canine Cuisine

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In recent years, more and more dog owners have been exploring alternatives to traditional kibble diets for their furry friends. One increasingly popular option is transitioning to fresh canine cuisine, which includes raw and lightly cooked meals. This shift can offer numerous benefits for your dog’s health and well-being, but it’s essential to approach the transition carefully and thoughtfully. In this article, we’ll explore the process of moving your pup from kibble to fresh food, discussing the benefits, potential challenges, and best practices for a smooth transition.

Understanding the Benefits of Fresh Canine Cuisine

Before diving into the transition process, it’s important to understand why many pet owners are making the switch to fresh food for their dogs. Some potential benefits include:

  1. Improved digestion: Fresh foods are often easier for dogs to digest than heavily processed kibble.
  2. Better nutrient absorption: Whole, fresh ingredients may provide more bioavailable nutrients.
  3. Increased energy levels: Many dogs experience a boost in vitality when switching to fresh food.
  4. Healthier skin and coat: The higher quality nutrients in fresh food can lead to a shinier, healthier coat.
  5. Weight management: Fresh diets can help maintain a healthy weight more easily than some kibble options.
  6. Reduced allergies: Some dogs with food sensitivities may find relief with a fresh food diet.

Planning the Transition

Transitioning your dog from kibble to fresh food should be a gradual process. Sudden dietary changes can lead to digestive upset, so it’s crucial to take things slow. Here’s a general timeline to consider:

Week 1-2: Introduction Phase

  • Start by replacing 25% of your dog’s kibble with fresh food.
  • Mix the fresh food thoroughly with the kibble to encourage your dog to try it.
  • Observe your dog’s reaction and monitor for any digestive issues.

Week 3-4: Increasing Fresh Food

  • If your dog is tolerating the new food well, increase the fresh food portion to 50%.
  • Continue to mix the foods thoroughly.
  • Keep an eye on your dog’s stool consistency and energy levels.

Week 5-6: Majority Fresh Food

  • Increase the fresh food portion to 75% of your dog’s diet.
  • Reduce kibble to 25%.
  • By this point, you should notice positive changes in your dog’s overall health and vitality.

Week 7 and Beyond: Full Transition

  • If all has gone well, you can now feed your dog 100% fresh food.
  • Some owners choose to keep a small amount of high-quality kibble in the diet for convenience or as treats.

Choosing the Right Fresh Food Options

When transitioning to fresh canine cuisine, you have several options:

  1. Commercial fresh food: Many companies now offer fresh, pre-prepared dog food that can be delivered to your door. These options are convenient but can be more expensive.
  2. Homemade meals: Preparing your dog’s meals at home gives you complete control over ingredients but requires time and careful planning to ensure nutritional balance.
  3. Raw diets: Some owners opt for a raw dog food diet, which can include raw meat, bones, fruits, and vegetables. This approach requires careful handling and preparation to avoid bacterial contamination.
  4. Lightly cooked diets: A middle ground between raw and commercial options, lightly cooked diets involve minimal processing of whole food ingredients.

Whichever option you choose, it’s crucial to ensure that your dog’s new diet is nutritionally complete and balanced. Consult with a veterinary nutritionist if you’re unsure about your dog’s specific dietary needs.

Potential Challenges and How to Address Them

While many dogs transition smoothly to fresh food, some may experience challenges:

  1. Reluctance to try new foods: Some dogs are hesitant to eat unfamiliar foods. Try warming the fresh food slightly or adding a small amount of low-sodium broth to enhance the aroma.
  2. Digestive upset: Temporary diarrhea or constipation can occur during the transition. If symptoms persist, slow down the transition process or consult your veterinarian.
  3. Weight changes: Monitor your dog’s weight closely during the transition. Adjust portion sizes as needed to maintain a healthy weight.
  4. Increased food drive: Some dogs become more enthusiastic about mealtimes on a fresh food diet. Establish consistent feeding routines to manage expectations.

Tips for Success

To ensure a smooth transition to fresh canine cuisine, keep these tips in mind:

  1. Be patient: Every dog is different, and some may take longer to adjust than others.
  2. Stay consistent: Once you’ve chosen a fresh food option, stick with it for at least a few weeks before making any changes.
  3. Monitor your dog closely: Watch for changes in energy levels, coat condition, and overall health.
  4. Keep your veterinarian informed: Regular check-ups can help ensure your dog is thriving on their new diet.
  5. Consider supplements: Depending on the fresh food option you choose, you may need to add supplements to ensure nutritional completeness.
  6. Practice good hygiene: When handling raw or fresh foods, be sure to follow food safety guidelines to protect both you and your pet.

Transitioning your pup from kibble to fresh canine cuisine can be a rewarding experience for both you and your furry friend. By taking a gradual approach, choosing the right fresh food options, and staying attentive to your dog’s needs, you can help your pet enjoy the potential benefits of a fresher, less processed diet. Remember that every dog is unique, and what works for one may not work for another. Always consult with your veterinarian before making significant changes to your dog’s diet, especially if your pet has existing health conditions or dietary restrictions.

With patience, care, and attention to detail, you can successfully guide your pup through the journey from kibble to fresh, wholesome canine cuisine, potentially improving their health and quality of life for years to come.

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Coming In August Broadway Barks Returns to Shubert Alley

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The 26th anniversary of the star-studded dog and cat adoption event, Broadway Barks returns to Shubert Alley on Saturday, August 3, 2024 to benefit New York City animal rescue groups. The event, co-founded by Bernadette Peters and Mary Tyler Moore, features Broadway celebrities who use their star power to help find loving homes for animals in need from 24 NYC area adoption and rescue groups.

Bernadette Peters and Sutton Foster. Photo courtesy of Broadway Barks.

Bernadette Peters and Sutton Foster will co-host this year’s festivities! Other celebrity participants to be announced soon.

Photo by Daniel Roberts, © Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.

Barks begins at 3pm with a ‘meet and greet’ of all the adoptable pets; from 5–6:30pm, adoptees make their Broadway debut on stage alongside some of Broadway’s favorite stars for the celebrity presentations.Produced by Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, the adoption event takes place in Shubert Alley (located between 44th and 45th Streets, between Broadway and Eighth Avenues).

Photo by Daniel Roberts, © Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.

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The Dogs Have It: Are You Ready For Halloween

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On Sunday, October 22nd from 12 – 3pm head to Manhattan West Plaza,  395 9th Ave Enter Plaza at 9th Avenue, Between 31st & 33rd Streets and bring your dog for a spook-tacular canine activity that includes tricks and treats in celebration of Halloween. If you are just a dog lover just come by to watch the fun! Show off you and your pup’s paw-fect costume for a chance to win prizes. Costumes are encouraged for both you and your furry friend.

Free advanced registration on Eventbrite is recommended (link at right), but all entry is on a first-come, first-serves basis. Walk-ins are welcome if space is available. Register on Eventbrite and receive a free collapsible dog dish upon check-in.

You and your furry friend can participate in any or all of our contests! The awards ceremony will take place at the end of the event. Remember, space to participate in our contests is limited. Sign up onsite at the event is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Activities include:

+ Contests – You and your furry friend can participate in any or all of our contests! The awards ceremony will take place at the end of the event. Remember, space to participate in our contests is limited. Sign up onsite at the event is on a first-come, first-served basis.

– Tricks Contest (12:30pm – limited to first 30 entries) – Have you been bragging about your dog’s adorable antics to all your friends? Now is the time to show them off. Join our tricks contest and let your dog wow us! A prize will be bestowed upon the top dog.

– Best Dog Costume (1:00pm – limited to first 50 entries) – Is your dog a strutter? More of a show-off-on-the-runway type? Bring your pup to show off their amazing costume on the runway!

– Best Dynamic Duo Costume Contest (1:45pm – limited to first 50 entries) – If you are really feeling the HOWL-oween spirit, make an ensemble with your dog and go for a coordinated costume prize between canine and human!

– This year’s EMCEE will be Jolie Dudley from Must Love Dogs and Comedy. JUDGES for the Costume and Trick Contests will include Delphine Blue, Joseph Borduin, America Hernandez, Nicolas Polanco, and Sophie Vershbow.

+ Caricatures – Capture a special Howl-oween moment with a hand-drawn caricature of your dressed up dog! We’re bringing some of Coney Island’s best street artists to Manhattan West for the occasion!

+ Haunted Walk – You’ve been to haunted houses, but enter our Haunted Dog Walk . . . if you dare! This custom experience for pups and their humans will include scary and fun photo ops including a funhouse mirror . . . for dogs!

+ Biscuits & Bath Table – Stop by and participate in “tricks for a treat” in which your dog can perform a trick and receive a free puppuccino! You can also get tips from a trainer, play Dog Costume Bingo, sign up for raffle prizes, receive a gift bag, and more! Biscuits & Bath is a pet amenity space offering onsite daycare, grooming, dog walking, and training, and shuttle services to offsite veterinary care and overnight boarding. Biscuits & Bath Eugene caters exclusively to the residents of The Eugene.

+ Treats Table – Trick or treat? No need to choose between the two! Pop by for free treats for your pup!

+ DJ Mike Doelo will provide just the right soundtrack for our human and furry friends to enjoy the afternoon.

All attendees must read and sign a WAIVER (1 per person) in order to attend the event. Please complete ahead of time to ensure faster on-site check-in!

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Save the Date For Broadway Barks

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Broadway Barks announces the full roster of participants for the 25th annual dog and cat adoption event. As previously announced, the event takes place in Shubert Alley on Saturday, July 8, 2023, and will be hosted by Bernadette Peters, satirist and animal lover Randy Rainbow with a special appearance by Josh Groban.

In addition, famed illustrator and author, Hilary Knight has designed this year’s poster art. Limited edition prints will be for sale at the merchandise table at the event.

Produced by Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, the adoption event takes place in Shubert Alley (located between 44th and 45th Streets, between Broadway and Eighth Avenues). BARKS begins at 3 p.m. with a ‘meet and greet’ with all the adoptable pets; 5- 6:30 p.m. adoptees make their Broadway debut on stage alongside some of Broadway’s favorite stars for the celebrity presentations.

Over the past 24 years, more than 2,100 dogs and cats have grabbed Broadway’s spotlight and the hearts of all who come to the event. Approximately 85% of these furry friends have successfully found forever homes.

BROADWAY BARKS is free and open to the public. Proceeds from the event benefit the participating shelters and rescue groups.

Celebrity participants lending their support include:

Clyde Alves (New York, New York)

Annaleigh Ashford (Sweeney Todd)

Sonya Balsara (Aladdin)

Maria Bilbao (Sweeney Todd)

Jewelle Blackman (Hadestown)

Rajesh Bose (Life of Pi)

Steven Boyer (Kimberly Akimbo)

Laura Bell Bundy (The Cottage)

Kevin Cahoon (Shucked)

Reeve Carney (Hadestown)

Nicholas Christopher (Sweeney Todd)

Victoria Clark (Kimberly Akimbo) Eddie Cooper (Parade)

Lilli Cooper (The Cottage)

Kevin Del Aguila (Some Like It Hot)

Brooke Dillman (Once Upon a One More Time)

John Dossett (Wicked)

Andrew Durand (Shucked)

Leandra Ellis-Gaston (Six)

Gina Ferrall (Leopoldstadt)

J. Harrison Ghee (Some Like it Hot)

Avery Glymph (Life of Pi)

Josh Groban (Sweeney Todd)

Justin Guarini (Once Upon a One More Time)

Briga Heelan (Once Upon a One More Time)

Adam Heller (Some Like it Hot)

Robyn Hurder (A Beautiful Noise, The Neil Diamond Musical)

Ayana Jackson (MJ The Musical)

Jamie Jackson (Sweeney Todd)

Arielle Jacobs (Here Lies Love)

Mark Jacoby (A Beautiful Noise, The Neil Diamond Musical)

Zoe Jensen (Six)

Taylor Iman Jones (Six)

Carol Kane

Ashley D. Kelley (Shucked)

Colby Kipnes (Grey House)

Derek Klena (Moulin Rouge)

Sean Allan Krill (Parade)

McKenzie Kurtz (Wicked))

Melanie La Barrie (&Juliet)

Joanna “JoJo” Levesque (Moulin Rouge)

Mark Lotito (Some Like it Hot)

Michael Maliakel (Aladdin)

Alyssa Marvin (Grey Hosue)

Tatiana Maslany (Grey House)

Marsha Mason

Michael Mastro (Funny Girl)

Gaten Matarazzo (Sweeney Todd)

Alli Mauzey (Kimberly Akimbo)

Michael McCormick (A Beautiful Noise, The Neil Diamond Musical)

Howard McGillin (Parade)

Laurie Metcalf (Grey House)

Bonnie Milligan (Kimberly Akimbo)

Paolo Montalban (Funny Girl)

Donna Murphy

Anne L. Nathan (Funny Girl)

Bebe Neuwirth

Alex Newell (Shucked)

Eva Noblezada (Hadestown)

Michele Pawk (Wicked)

Linda Powell (A Beautiful Noise, The Neil Diamond Musical)

John Rapson (Sweeney Todd)

Colton Ryan (New York, New York)

Angie Schworer (Some Like it Hot)

Jennifer Simard (Once Upon a One More Time)

Emily Skinner (New York, New York)

Tess Soltau (Once Upon a One More Time)

Dana Steingold (The Cottage)

Bri Sudia (A Beautiful Noise, The Neil Diamond Musical)

Will Swenson (A Beautiful Noise, The Neil Diamond Musical)

Paulo Szot (& Juliet)

Nasia Thomas (Six)

Betsy Wolfe (& Juliet)

Subject to change

Barks will feature adoptable pets from the following New York City area animal shelters and adoption agencies:

1 Love 4 Animals
Abandoned Angels Cocker Spaniels Rescue Adopt A Boxer Rescue
The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA)
Animal Care Centers of NYC (ACC)
Anjellicle Cats Rescue
Best Friends Animal Society
Bideawee
Bobbi and the Strays
City Critters
Francis’s Friends

Hearts and Bones Rescue Husky House
Linda’s Cat Assistance Little Shelter

Long Island Bulldog Rescue Mid-Atlantic Great Dane Rescue League Muddy Paws Rescue
Pet ResQ Inc.
SaveKitty Foundation
Second Chance Rescue
SPCA of Westchester
Urban Cat League

Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, the philanthropic heart of Broadway, is one of the nation’s leading industry-based, nonprofit AIDS fundraising and grant-making organizations. By drawing upon the talents, resources and generosity of the American theater community, since 1988 Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS has raised more than $300 million for essential services for people with HIV/AIDS and other critical illnesses across the United States.

Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS is the major supporter of the social service programs at the Entertainment Community Fund (formerly The Actors Fund), including the HIV Initiative, the Phyllis Newman Women’s Health Initiative and The Friedman Health Center for the Performing Arts. Broadway Cares also awards annual grants to more than 450 AIDS and family service organizations in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and Washington, D.C., providing lifesaving medication, healthy meals, counseling and emergency assistance.

For more information about Broadway Barks please visit them online at broadwaybarks.org. For more information about Broadway Cares, please visit them online at broadwaycares.org.

Follow Broadway Barks:
– Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/broadwaybarks – Twitter: @BroadwayBarks
– Instagram: @broadwaybarks

Follow Bernadette Peters:
– Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BernadettePeters – Twitter: @OfficialBPeters
-Instagram: @officialbernadettepeters

Follow Randy Rainbow:
-Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RandyRainbowOfficial -Twitter: @RandyRainbow
-Instagram: @RandyRainbow

Follow Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS:
– Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BCEFA – Twitter: @BCEFA
– Instagram: @BCEFA

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Broadway Barks Returns

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On July 8th, Broadway Barks returns to Shubert Alley for the 25th anniversary of the star-studded dog and cat adoption event, which benefits New York City animal rescue groups. The event, co-founded by Bernadette Peters and Mary Tyler Moore, features Broadway celebrities who use their star power to help find loving homes for animals in need from 24 NYC area adoption and rescue groups.

As part of the milestone anniversary, Peters will host the event with satirist and animal lover Randy Rainbow and with a special appearance by Josh Groban.

Produced by Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, the adoption event takes place in Shubert Alley (located between 44th and 45th Streets, between Broadway and Eighth Avenues). Barks begins at 3pm with a ‘meet and greet’ of all the adoptable pets; from 5–6:30pm, adoptees make their Broadway debut on stage alongside some of Broadway’s favorite stars for the celebrity presentations.

Over the past 24 years, more than 2,100 dogs and cats have grabbed Broadway’s spotlight and the hearts of all who come to the event. Approximately 85% of these furry friends have successfully found forever homes.

Broadway Barks is free and open to the public. Proceeds from the event benefit the participating shelters and rescue groups.

Celebrity participants lending their support include, in alphabetical order:

Clyde Alves (New York, New York)
Annaleigh Ashford (Sweeney Todd)
Maria Bilbao (Sweeney Todd)
Rajesh Bose (Life of Pi)
Steven Boyer (Kimberly Akimbo)
Kevin Cahoon (Shucked)
Victoria Clark (Kimberly Akimbo)
Kevin Del Aguila (Some Like It Hot)
John Dossett (Wicked)
Andrew Durand (Shucked)
Leandra Ellis-Gaston (Six)
Gina Ferrall (Leopoldstadt)
Avery Glymph (Life of Pi)
Josh Groban (Sweeney Todd)
Adam Heller (Some Like it Hot)
Robyn Hurder (A Beautiful Noise, The Neil Diamond Musical)
Ayana Jackson (MJ The Musical)
Zoe Jensen (Six)
Taylor Iman Jones (Six)
Carol Kane
Ashley D. Kelley (Shucked)
Sean Allan Krill (Parade)
McKenzie Kurtz (Wicked)
Mark Lotito (Some Like it Hot)
Michael Maliakel (Aladdin)
Tatiana Maslany (Grey House)
Marsha Mason
Michael Mastro (Funny Girl)
Alli Mauzey (Kimberly Akimbo)
Michael McCormick (A Beautiful Noise, The Neil Diamond Musical)
Howard McGillin (Parade)
Laurie Metcalf (Grey House)
Bonnie Milligan (Kimberly Akimbo)
Paolo Montalban (Funny Girl)
Anne L. Nathan (Funny Girl)
Bebe Neuwirth
Michele Pawk (Wicked)
Linda Powell (A Beautiful Noise, The Neil Diamond Musical)
Colton Ryan (New York, New York)
Angie Schworer (Some Like it Hot)
Jennifer Simard (Once Upon a One More Time)
Emily Skinner (New York, New York)
Bri Sudia (A Beautiful Noise, The Neil Diamond Musical)
Will Swenson (A Beautiful Noise, The Neil Diamond Musical)
Paulo Szot (& Juliet)
Betsy Wolfe (& Juliet)

Photo by Daniel Roberts, © Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.

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Veterinarian Who Pioneered Pet House Calls in Manhattan Marks Thirtieth Anniversary

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Thirty years ago, City Pets transformed the veterinary experience for dog and cat owners by offering house call appointments. In the comfort, safety, and convenience of their own surroundings, animals and their human companions exhibit considerably less anxiety. Since founding City Pets in 1992, Dr. Amy Attas has delivered care in the homes, offices and even movie sets for over 10, 000 active patients. She is widely considered an innovator in the multi-billion dollar veterinary industry, and City Pets isthe largest house-call veterinary practice in NY and quite probably the nation. “In a house call, I can uncover so much more about my patients and the environment they live in and that translates into better care,” she says. “When a pet is relaxed, exams and tests are easier for doctor and patient alike––and often more accurate without the ‘white coat syndrome’ that frequently occurs in a hospital setting.”
A vet house call solves the problems of:Transporting a pet in a taxi or carrier through the bustling streets of Manhattan. Surrounding a pet with other animals who might be sick and contagious in a crowded waiting room. Time spent traveling to the hospital, waiting for the doctor, and then bringing the pet home again. Travel difficulties for disabled or elderly pet owners. Providing a comfortable, familiar surrounding for the pet and family when it’s time to say good-bye.
Attas’ passion for bringing unparalleled personal attention to her animal patients and human clients has her mapping out her stops with military precision, Attas is aided by a nurse and a driver who have collectively spent nearly 35 years with her. City Pets’ vets and nurses arrive in an S.U.V. fully equipped to perform routine procedures such as vaccinations, blood work and ultrasound tests, post-surgical care, chemotherapy, wound care, cold laser therapy, and more. They can average 12-15 house calls a day. That’s generally more appointments than an in-hospital vet sees, and they often treat more than one pet on each home visit.
City Pets’ fees run about 20% higher than those for a traditional office visit, with an included transportation cost that varies with distance. After three decades in the business, Attas has strong relationships with the best hospitals and specialists should more complex procedures requiring anesthesia, surgery, or other highly specialized care, be needed. Unusual in the industry, City Pets continues its management of the pet’s care even after they are admitted to a specialty hospital.
As the city’s premier house-call service, City Pets has served an impressive roster of high-profile clients in all arenas, including such icons as Billy Joel, Elton John, Wayne Gretzky, Uma Thurman, Naomi Campbell, and even former mayor Michael Bloomberg. When Paul McCartney was wondering what kind of dog to get, he consulted Dr. Amy, which is how a lovable rescue entered and changed his life. Sir Paul and his wife became ambassadors for adopting shelter pets. Comedian Joan Rivers would trust care for her famed pooch Spike only to Dr. Amy, setting aside funds in her will for the vet to see to all of her pets for the rest of their lives.She has wonderful anecdotes to share.
But most important to the doctor is that City Pets allows her to help people in need. She developed City Pets to serve people of all socioeconomic segments, including pet owners who are disabled and elderly. She regularly makes house calls to clients in housing projects and walkup tenement buildings throughout the city.
Looking ahead, Attas foresees untapped future business opportunities for house-call services. “The City Pets model is easily transferable to other cities and communities on its own or as a standalone adjunct to a large animal hospital or pet superstore.
Dr. Amy Attas founded City Pets in 1992 to provide the highest quality veterinary care in the comfort of home and in the process, disrupted the veterinarian business model. The innovator is a graduate of Barnard College with a V.M.D. and an M.A. in Animal Behavior from the University of Pennsylvania and serves on the School’s Board of Advisors. Attas was selected for the highly sought-after internship at the prestigious Animal Medical Center in Manhattan. Attas has been awarded the Award of Merit and the Outstanding Service to Veterinary Medicine by the Veterinary Medical Association of the City of New York. Town & Countrymagazine named her a “Best Vet” in New York City. She has appeared on numerous T.V. and radio shows and served as a veterinarian for the Westminster Kennel Club Dog Show.
City Pets, “The House Call Vets,” is Manhattan’s premier home veterinary practice whose core values rely on providing a holistic approach to the patient’s well-being. It was founded in 1992 by Dr. Amy Attas to realize her vision that Manhattan dogs and cats should receive the highest quality veterinary care in the comfort of their owner’s home. Dr. Amy and her team have provided medical care for thousands of NewYork City’s pets and their families since 1992.City Pets employs an associate doctor, two full-time nurses, two part-time nurses, and three administrative assistants. Pet wellness exams, preventative care, vaccinations, fluid therapy, pet travel certification, pain management, cancer treatment, laser therapy, pet microchipping, and at-home euthanasia are among the services they provide. Visit CityPetsVets.com for more information. Follow on Facebookand Instagram.
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