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What to Ask Your Vet about Senior Pets

Monday, April 17th, 2017

Care for our pets change as they reach their golden years.  A pet is considered senior once they reach their 7th birthday.  It’s easy to see when our pets are getting older – they start to slow down and are not as interested in play.  They may move a little slower or become stiff when first standing.  These signs are not much different than those with us as we age.  But what can be done to provide better care in their senior years?  We have the best questions to ask your vet to ensure you are well informed! (more…)

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5 Cleaning Hacks for Pet Parents

Wednesday, April 12th, 2017

Most days, it seems that cleaning the house is a lost cause when you share your home with pets.  Muddy paw prints, the fur, remnants of cat litter sprinkled through the house – didn’t you JUST vacuum an hour ago?!

I wish we could tell you how to magically keep your house clean 24/7.  BUT – we have the next best thing!  The top five hacks you NEED as a pet parent to keep your house looking and smelling fresh!

#1:  Urine

If your pet has an accident on any fabrics such as throw rugs, blankets, clothes, run them through the wash with ¼ cup apple cider vinegar and your regular detergent.  This will not only remove the smell and stain but will remove any scent to keep your pet from marking on it again. (more…)

Are these MOST COMMON PET POISONS LURKING in YOUR Home?

Friday, March 17th, 2017

March is Pet Poison Prevention month!

Across the country, pet professionals, lovers and parents are doing their part to raise awareness and help save lives through education.  Poisonings can be easily prevented with the correct steps taken.  The first step is knowing which items in your house are harmful to your cats and dogs.  We have the most common poisons pets were treated for at vet offices across the country in 2016.  You won’t believe how many are accessible to your furry friend right this second!

(Pssst!  Click the image to the left for a printable version to hang on your fridge!)

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Does Your Pet Have Periodontal Disease? How to Know for Sure!

Thursday, February 16th, 2017

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We would not be able to properly celebrate Pet Dental Awareness month if we didn’t address periodontal disease. This may be something you’re familiar with for humans, but do you know the signs for cats and dogs? Early detection is the first line of defense to a healthy mouth for our pets!

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Top Pet Dental Health Habits to Start TODAY

Tuesday, February 14th, 2017

dentalhabitsFebruary is national Pet Dental Health Awareness month.  You may have noticed your vet, groomer, and other pet professionals reminding you of this over the month.  There’s a reason pets have their very own dental health awareness day – we, as pet parents, need reminded!  Our pets’ teeth need much more attention than the average pet parent gives them.  We are here to change that!  Start one, two or ALL of these habits right away to notice a significant change in your pet’s health!

 

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Tips, Tricks & Games for the Perfect Snow Day with Your Dog

Friday, January 20th, 2017

If there is one thing that dogs teach us every day, it is to enjoy the little things in life.  What a better time to take advantage of that lesson than a fresh snow fall?  There are plenty of ways to enjoy the outdoors while keeping warm and safe in the elements.  We have the games, tricks, and ideas to make the next snow day a blast for both of you! (more…)

6 Truths Your Vet Isn’t Telling You & WHY!

Monday, January 16th, 2017

What Vet Isnt Telling You

There is no doubt about it – your vet is the single most important partner in the care and health of your pet.  This is a great responsibility taken very seriously by veterinarians.  But, they’re not superhuman!  Even vets are uncomfortable being honest with pet owners and will sometimes mince words to spare our feelings.  Here are some of those tough conversation topics your vet may not have had with you…yet. (more…)

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Make Your Pet a Thanksgiving Plate

Friday, November 18th, 2016

thanksgiving-leftoversWe are all probably very familiar with the foods our pets should NOT have over the holiday season this week (and if you need a refresher, see our blog on it), but there are a list of foods our pets CAN enjoy from our Thanksgiving day table.

Turkey

White, lean meat turkey is a delicious protein to share with our dogs and cats, if they will eat it.  Stick to lean white mean to avoid too much fat.  Trim away skin and excess fat before feeding.

Fresh Cranberry Sauce (NO SUGAR!)

Fresh cranberry sauce is an excellent source of antioxidants for us and our pets.  It can also help with urinary tract issues for both cats and dogs.  If you want to share cranberry sauce with your pets this holiday, be sure it is fresh and homemade with no sugar added.  Adding sugar to your recipe?  Set aside a small portion for furry family members before mixing in the other ingredients. (more…)

Clean Your Dog’s Teeth With…Food?

Thursday, October 20th, 2016

clean-your-dogs-teeth-with-foodYep, it’s that easy!  Well, sort of.  Certain foods and herbs have the nutrients and vitamins our dogs need to help fight bacteria in the mouth and ward off the accumulation of plaque and tartar.

So why aren’t our dogs chomping down on them?  Because you don’t have the list yet.  Hop to it! (more…)

Why Daily Walks are ESSENTIAL to Your Dog’s Health

Wednesday, October 19th, 2016

walking-essential-to-dog-healthOur vets and animal specialists from every corner of the world always stress the importance of daily walks for our dogs.  These walks do more for their health than we are aware of, especially their mental health!  A romp around the neighborhood is important for more than just stretching their legs and moving around.

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It is within our dog’s instinct to travel.  Wolves may travel up to 50 miles per day to find food and patrol their territory.  Our dogs are lucky if they walk 1 mile per day in the sedentary, domestic lives they lead today.  (more…)