Tag Archives: safety

How can I tell if my dog is relaxed?

Since pets can’t verbalize to us their feelings and emotions, we have to rely on their body language to decode their mood and overall well being.  Look for these clues to tell if your canine is relaxed and generally happy! Mouth open and panting Eyes almost squinting, eyes an almost almond shape Tail will be […]

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A few tips for helping with anxiety

I have a toy Australian Shepherd who lives and breathes with me.  This breed as well as some others are more prone to be close to just a few individuals while other breeds like everyone.  Yes we have some separation anxiety, but here are a few tips I have used and keep in my “toolbox” […]

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Pre-Thanksgiving tips

If you are like many families, you may be starting your Thanksgiving meals early.  Dr. Flanders family has their first today!  Please keep the usual tips in mind: Make sure family members understand, NO BONES for the pets.  These are choking hazards.  Even if it seems safe, bone fragments can flake off and get stuck […]

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Cold weather safety tips

Now that we are experiencing cooler weather and very wet weather, it is a good time to review a few cold weather safety tips. remember that your pets paws can take a beating in this weather.  Cold and wet can be a dangerous combination.  I find that a basket at the door your pet frequents […]

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K9 Influenza

 image courtesy of patrisyu at FreeDigitalPhotos.net Signs of Canine Influenza Virus include lethargy, anorexia (weight loss) , nasal discharge, sneezing, depression, ocular (eye) discharge, and cough or sometimes simply a low-grade fever lasting several days. In naturally acquired CIV (Canine Influenza Virus) infections, secondary bacterial infections can lead to more serious conditions such as bronchial […]

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Compassion is our goal.

“Compassion for animals is intimately associated with goodness of character, and it may be confidently asserted that he who is cruel to animals cannot be a good man.” ― Arthur Schopenhauer Sometimes it may look like we are not being compassionate to your pets when they are in our office.  But remember, that your pets […]

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So what is FIV and FeLV?

FeLV stands for Feline Leukemia Virus.  It is highly contagious, weakens the immune system, is spread from cat to cat when grooming and sharing food/water.  It is known as the “friendly cat” disease because of how it is spread.  It is one of the most common infectious diseases. FIV stands for Feline Immunodeficiency Virus.  It […]

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Create a safe Halloween Holiday for your pets!

Remember these guidelines and your pets should be just fine on Halloween night. No candy for Fido!  We all know about chocolate being toxic, but sugar free candies can be deadly as well.  Sugar is also hard on your pet’s digestive system. A lot of times we light candles or have extra cords out for […]

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October is Fire Safety Month

Yes, fire safety should include your pet.  How many of us have a fire plan and include our pets?  I know I had not even thought about this until I saw the notice about fire safety.  Here are a few tips to keep in mind for fire safety with our pets. Don’t forget to check […]

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A few tips about Halloween Costumes!

 Here is my Reba in her Halloween Dress enjoying the Hamilton Heights Fall Festival Last weekend. Our first Aussie loved having clothes on, but Reba hates them!  So she was less than thrilled when Rachel came home from the pet store with this dress. If your pet is not very happy about clothes either or […]

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