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Back to School: Canine Training Basics

By |2019-09-25T01:00:03+00:00September 25th, 2019|Dogs|

Housetraining and basic commands like “Sit,” “Stay,” and “Come” are essential skills for your dog’s safety and your sanity. If you find yourself constantly trying to correct your dog’s bad habits with no success, consider sending her “back to school.” Whether you choose to enroll your pup in an organized class or prefer to train [...]

Is Your Pet Prepared for a Disaster?

By |2019-08-15T20:39:50+00:00August 15th, 2019|Safety|

Disaster can strike at a moment’s notice, forcing your family to shelter in your home or suddenly evacuate. Tornadoes, hurricanes, floods, and other unexpected emergencies can separate pets from their owners, and after a disaster, displaced pets may never make it back home. Include your pet in your disaster plan so you don’t risk losing [...]

First Aid in Pet Emergencies

By |2019-07-23T17:57:57+00:00July 23rd, 2019|Safety|

If your pet requires emergency first aid, you’ll feel much more confident about handling the problem if you’re prepared, so we have compiled a list of common situations you may encounter that require pet first aid. But, first, you should be familiar with these general protocols:  Be safe — Even the sweetest of pets can [...]

7 Tips to Help Your Pet Beat the Heat this Summer

By |2019-06-23T15:34:52+00:00June 23rd, 2019|Safety|

Sunny summer days entice people and pets to get out and enjoy the weather. But when temperatures soar, we need to take extra precautions to ensure pets are safe in the heat. Here are seven tips to keep your furry friend from overheating while out in the sizzling sun. 1: Protect your pet’s paws You [...]

5 Sneaky Signs Your Pet May Have Allergies, and How You Can Help

By |2019-05-17T02:11:12+00:00May 17th, 2019|Uncategorized|

Spring has sprung, and the blooming trees and plants can cause allergies in pets, as well as people. However, signs can be hard to spot in dogs and cats. Here are five signs your dog could have allergies, and how you can help if she does. #1: Licking, chewing, and scratching While such behaviors for [...]

Don’t be a Victim: 10 Misconceptions About Heartworm Disease

By |2019-04-25T19:57:41+00:00April 25th, 2019|Uncategorized|

Our veterinarians prescribe preventive medication and provide wellness recommendations because they want the absolute best for your pet, just like you do. However, there’s not enough time during your pet’s annual checkup for us to pass along all the information we would like. So, we present the following facts about heartworm disease to dispel some [...]

Pet Poisons 101: Common Household and Garden Toxins

By |2019-03-18T18:04:59+00:00March 18th, 2019|Safety|

Spring is right around the corner, and that means deep cleaning, garden planting, and lawn maintenance. Hopefully, you’ll also be able to sneak in some play time with your four-legged friend. But, be sure your pet’s curious nose stays out of any toxic substances you use to clean, fertilize, and treat your home and yard. [...]

5 Reasons You Should Schedule a Dental Exam for Your Pet

By |2019-02-13T19:57:11+00:00February 13th, 2019|Dental Care, Uncategorized|

When was your pet’s last dental examination? If it’s been more than a year since the veterinarian has taken a good look in her mouth, it’s time to make an appointment. This year, begin a healthy routine for your furry friend and make February her annual dental check-up month. Here are five reasons regular dental [...]

Arthritis in Pets

By |2018-12-20T19:48:39+00:00December 20th, 2018|Uncategorized|

Just like humans, many pets experience the aches and pains of arthritis. Although arthritis typically affects older animals, it can develop at any age, especially if a degenerative disease or an injury causes joint damage.   What is arthritis? Arthritis, also called osteoarthritis or degenerative joint disease, is inflammation involving one or more of the [...]

Canine Influenza: Is Your Dog at Risk?

By |2018-12-06T16:47:20+00:00December 6th, 2018|Dogs|

What is canine influenza? Canine influenza, or the dog flu, is a highly contagious respiratory infection that is caused by two known strains of an influenza virus. The first, H3N8, appeared in the U.S. in 2004. The H3N2 strain quickly spread from the Chicago outbreak in 2015, and thousands of dogs have tested positive for [...]

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