August is Senior Pets Month!

August is Senior Pets Month!

It is inevitable that most of us will at some point have a senior dog.  Even my puppy who is almost 2 will at some point (hopefully) be a senior pet.  So it is best to start off right with some good health habits that can lead into the senior years being better and better. […]

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Chewing on plants

Dangling leaves aside (which, let’s be honest, are just fun for your cat to chomp at), some cats chew plants because they find comfort in the act, or as a way to get your attention. Of course too much of a good thing can be … well … bad.  Bad for the plants and your […]

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Extra fat can lead to respiratory problems

Obesity can cause respiratory problems in people and pets through a variety of mechanisms. The presence of excess fat along the chest wall and abdomen compresses the spongy lungs, reducing the amount of air taken in with each breath. In many ways, obesity is like having a heavy bag pushing down on your chest—it makes it […]

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Can we say enough about fleas!

This time of the year is tricky with fleas.  We have cooler evenings and nights while the days can get very hot and sticky.  This is a time when we see an up cycle in fleas and an increase in phone calls from clients asking for help.  Traditionally August and September are our busy flea […]

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My pet doesn’t need vaccinations because he is indoors.

Every day we have clients who do not think vaccinations are a necessary wellness preventative for their pets.  Again I have to say, you are playing a risky game!  When I have invested significant money to purchase a pet, why would I not protect my investment.  And that only talks about money, what about my […]

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What does back to school mean for your pets?

August 1st is a signal that many schools are starting back into session right now or in just a few short weeks or days.  Whether it is college age students or elementary and high school, it is a change in routine from summertime for you and your pets! Don’t be surprised if your pet is […]

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A few facts on senior dogs.

In general, giant breed dogs age faster than smaller breed dogs. A Great Dane is considered to be senior by 5-6 years old whereas a Chihuahua would likely only be middle-aged then, and not considered a senior until 10-11 years. Large breed dogs fall somewhere in the middle. A Golden Retriever might be considered senior […]

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Should I be concerned that my dog is scratching?

When our pets live in our homes as most do, and if they sleep in our beds, we know when they are licking and scratching! The question is:  should I be concerned?  To help you determine if you need to bring Fido in for an exam, let’s look at: How long does he scratch? Is […]

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A few senior cat tips

As your cat ages, you may notice a few declines in their physical abilities.  Some ways to help with this include: Get a litter box with lower sides Help them groom themselves in hard to reach places Have play time with your kitty, but lower the time spent playing and the severity of the play […]

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What does adjunct treatment mean?

These days we hear and read about a lot of different new treatment options including terms like adjunct and alternative treatments, but what do they really mean and are they safe for your pets? These are additional options to conventional medicine. These are meant to provide additional help for your pet’s condition along with prescription […]

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