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July 12, 2016

Pet Travel: Take Your Furry Sidekick Along, or Leave Him Behind?

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As a pet parent, a road trip with a furry kid might seem like a dream come true. You’d love the opportunity to bond and share new experiences with him, and you’d certainly appreciate the company. But before you load your beloved pet into the car for the long haul, take a moment to reflect. A pet who’s a great companion at home, on walks, and on short trips around town won’t necessarily be an ideal travel buddy. Long trips aren’t right for every pet, and your pet’s needs should come before your desire to take him along.

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Tags: Cats, Dogs, Pet Safety, pet travel, Pet Vacation, Uncategorized

April 27, 2016

Socializing your new puppy: what you need to know

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Now that you have gotten (somewhat) used to the newest addition to the family, it’s time to start thinking about socialization? The key to having a happy and nonfearful dog, is to start training during puppyhood. Here are some tips on how to get started.

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Tags: dog training, Dogs, pet advice, pet behavior, Puppy, tips

April 22, 2016

A Secured Pet is a Safe Pet: Reduce Serious Risks by Restraining Pets on Car Rides

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Only a few short decades ago, buckling up was optional for drivers and their passengers, and people were generally unaware of the serious dangers posed by riding in cars without safety belts. Today, all that has changed. Everyone uses a seatbelt, and wisely so. Those riding in the front seat can reduce their risk of fatal injuries by 45 percent and their risk of moderate to critical injury by 50 percent, just by buckling up. In addition, rear seat passengers riding without seatbelts increase the death rate of front seat passengers by up to 5 times.

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Tags: Contributors, Dogs, dogs, Pet Health, pet health, Pet Safety, pet travel, Pets, travel with pets

April 20, 2016

So you have a new puppy – now what?

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Is there anything better than a warm, wiggly, cuddly puppy? A new bundle of joy always brings smiles but also, responsibility. Making sure your new fur baby is healthy and well cared for now, will save you time and money down the road. So, what now?

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Tags: Best Friends Spotlight, Dogs, dogs, pet advice, pet behavior, Pet Health, Puppies, Puppy, tips

April 13, 2016

Heartworms 101: Part 3

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So your dog or cat has been diagnosed with heartworm disease, now what? For dogs, there are approved medications and well established guidelines about how to treat depending on the severity of their disease. For cats, things are a bit trickier since there are no approved treatments for heartworm infection in cats. This is why prevention is so critical.

Let’s cover the basics of treatment for each species individually.

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Tags: Ask the Vet, Best Friends Spotlight, Cats, cats, Dogs, dogs, health, pet advice, pet behavior, pet health, pet info, tips, Vet

April 06, 2016

Heartworms 101: Part 2

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 So if you read the first part of our series (insert link), you now have a better sense of how these dreaded little creatures get into our pets. Now let’s talk about what they do once they get in there and how they can make our fur babies so miserable.

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Tags: Ask the Vet, Cats, Dogs, health, pet advice, pet behavior, Pets, preventative pet care

March 31, 2016

Heartworms: a primer for every pet parent

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As a responsible pet parent, you know that you are supposed to keep your fur babies on heartworm preventive, but have you ever wondered why it is so important? What would happen if you didn’t? What if your pet has heartworms – what now?

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Tags: Ask the Vet, Cats, cats, dog safety, Dogs, dogs, health, pet advice, preventative pet care

March 22, 2016

Waving Good-bye to Fleas: An Owner's Guide

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Environmental flea infestations usually begin 6 to 8 weeks before you ever notice a flea.

  • A few fleas jump on your unprotected pet and begin feeding and breeding.
  • These fleas can begin laying eggs within 1 to 2 days. The flea eggs roll off wherever an infested animal goes, turning an untreated pet into a “salt shaker” that leaves new sources of fleas around the house and yard.
  • Treating your pet is the first step, but immature flea stages are still present in the environment.

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March 02, 2016

Heartworm Prevention: A Primer for Every Pet Parent

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As a responsible pet parent, you know that you are supposed to keep your fur babies on heartworm preventive, but have you ever wondered why it is so important? What would happen if you didn’t? What if your pet has heartworms – what now?

Tags: Ask the Vet, Cats, cats, Dogs, dogs, health, pet advice, Pet Health, pet health, pet info, Pet Safety, safety, Vet

February 29, 2016

Pet Dental Health Month - Basic Extraction Principles

The oral cavity has an abundant blood supply and an epithelial surface constantly bathed by saliva, a fluid rich in antimicrobial properties, resulting in oral tissue healing more rapid than skin. Sterile surgical preparation of the oral cavity for extractions is not necessary, however, using clean instruments and adequate preparation of the surgical working area is recommended. Good accessibility and exposure to the surgical site is important while creating gingival flaps to expose the tooth and alveolar bone adequately. Gentle tissue handling is used to minimize tissue trauma and promote faster healing. Appropriate instruments that are clean, sharp, well taken care of and stored...

Tags: Ask a Vet, Cats, cats, Dogs, dogs, health, pet advice, Pet Dental Health, Pet Health, pet health, Vet

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