• Cats and Leashes – Should You Walk Your Cat?

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    Does your feline friend often scratch or meow at the door? Does she spend hours at the window, watching birds and squirrels? If so, your furry friend may enjoy being walked on a leash. While we normally associate leashes and walks with our canine pals, some of our feline buddies also enjoy a nice stroll. But should you walk your cat? Read on for some tips from a local veterinarian. Why Walk A Cat? Kitties … Read More »

  • Meet the AKC’s Three Newest Dog Breeds

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    Our canine friends certainly come in all sorts of different shapes and sizes. Did you know that there are over 187 dog breeds now recognized by the AKC? That number includes three adorable new breeds. In this article, a local vet introduces these three new breeds. Berger Picard Just added to the AKC’s Herding Group, the Berger Picard is an amiable, playful farm dog that originated in France. The Berger Picard is very rare, so … Read More »

  • Your Cat Can Develop a Harmful Compulsive Behavior

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    Your calico cat Chelsea has personal grooming down to a science. Each morning, this five-year-old feline housemate begins licking her coat right after breakfast; and she continues all day long. Although cats regularly groom themselves, her fur is showing some bare spots. Your companion has also traded her daily playtime and brushing/belly rub sessions for this single-minded pursuit. Tomorrow, your veterinarian will determine if Chelsea has developed a potentially harmful compulsive behavior. Feline Compulsive Behaviors … Read More »

  • Fun Ways to Celebrate Your Dog’s Birthday

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    Do you celebrate your dog’s birthday? Many dog owners like to mark the day of their canine buddies’ anniversary with special treats or even gifts. After all, Fido is family! You may not know your dog’s actual birthday, but you likely have a record of the day he came into your home. Doggy treats and toys are always appropriate for your canine pal’s birthday, and are definitely recommended, but there are plenty of other options. … Read More »

  • Guide to Choosing the Proper Cat Litter

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    You’re excited to be joining the ranks of happy cat owners. Tomorrow, you’ll bring home Trixie, a charming calico cat you met at your town’s animal shelter. You’ve already bought her a plush bed, rhinestone collar, and all the cat toys she could possibly handle. You’ve also scheduled a new patient appointment with your veterinarian. The vet will provide her with a thorough exam and prescribe a quality life-stage diet. However, you’re still mulling over … Read More »

  • Fido’s First Year – Puppy Care Tips

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    Have you recently adopted a little canine? Puppies are, in our opinion, one of life’s treasures. Your little canine pal will grow up into a loyal and devoted companion, who will provide unconditional love, along with plenty of doggy kisses and tail wags. Before that happens, though, you’ve got a lot of adorable puppy moments coming, and a lot of work to do! In order to grow into a friendly and well-behaved adult, your pooch … Read More »

  • Your Cat’s Diet Can Influence His Behavior

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    Your orange tabby Pumpkin doesn’t give much thought to his meals. Your four-year-old feline housemate just assumes you’ll fill his bowl with top-notch kibbles every day. This busy fellow realizes that a superior feline formula helps to keep his intestinal system running smoothly. He’s also happy that his quality blend gives him plenty of energy. That consistent “oomph” is essential for playing with cat toys and keeping your two teenaged cats under control. However, Pumpkin … Read More »

  • What to Do If Your Dog Is Injured

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    Would you know what to do if your canine friend was ever injured? We truly hope this never happens to any of our clients, but we do want you to be prepared in case of an emergency. While a serious injury will of course require immediate veterinary care, you may have to provide some first aid before your dog can be transported. In this article, you’ll read some tips on what to do if your … Read More »

  • Cool Kitties – 5 Ways to Help Your Cat Beat Summertime Heat

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    Would you ever wear a fur coat in the middle of summer? Probably not! Our feline friends, however, don’t have much of a choice in the matter. Summertime can be very dangerous for cats, who can be at serious risk of heat stroke on sweltering days. Panting may help kitties cool off a little, but this isn’t very effective for them. Sweating doesn’t help much either, as cats only sweat through their paw pads. Here … Read More »

  • These Dog Breeds Really Suffer From Heat Stress

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    Your region’s warmer spring months have gotten you excited about wearing shorts and tee shirts this summer. However, your Labrador retriever Harley is concerned about avoiding heat stress during his neighborhood walks and exercise sessions. He’s also quite worried about his canine buddies who are especially prone to hot-weather distress. Fortunately, your veterinarian has provided valuable guidance on avoiding heat-related medical problems. Brachycephalic Breeds These poor pooches have relatively small skulls, short noses, and upper … Read More »

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