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6 – Tips to Keep Your Pets Safe This Winter

When Winter Temperatures Start Dropping With our recent time change, we are reminded that winter is on its way. Winter doesn’t officially start until December 21st, but now is the time to prepare. We’d like to share some safety tips to make sure your animals are safe and protected for the winter. Small pets, thin-haired pets, older arthritic pets, and …

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7 Tips for Halloween Pet Safety

Halloween is coming up! And this Halloween we will experience a blue moon (2nd full moon in one month). It will be the first time a Halloween full moon has been visible in all time zones since 1944!   While COVID 19 makes it more of a challenge, there are lots of ways to celebrate. If you are looking for ideas you …

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Why Lab Tests are So Important

 In your pet’s life there will likely come a time your vet will want some lab tests done. It’s more common as pets get older. But even younger pets can develop problems that require lab tests for us to find the cause.  Therefore, we’d like to go over the purpose of lab tests and why we ask for one or …

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DIABETES IN PETS

PETS CAN GET DIABETES TOO We have found that some pet owners do not know that pets can get diabetes just like their owners can. Unfortunately, they can and more and more pets are getting diabetes. According to recent statistics, 1 in 500 dogs and 1 in 200 cats will get diabetes. While any pet can develop diabetes, some breeds are …

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Summer Safety Tips

Summer is here!  Whether you’re planning a camping trip, day outing or simply enjoying the sun at home, here are some tips to keep your pets safe this summer.  4th of July Pets are easily frightened by loud, sudden noises, especially fireworks. Sadly, this is a time of year that animal control and rescues see pets being lost because they …

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PESKY PEST SEASON IS HERE!

Controlling Fleas & Ticks The word pest derives from the Latin word pastis meaning “plague”. This is a very appropriate term for insects that spread disease. In our May blog we covered the dangers of mosquitos and heartworm disease in pets. This month we are covering fleas and ticks. They, like the mosquito, become more abundant in warmer weather. But the …

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Mosquitos: The Harm They Can Cause to Your Pet

Mosquitos & Heartworm Disease Unfortunately, with the warm weather we start seeing mosquitos again. They have a history of carrying diseases such as malaria, West Nile virus, and a host of other diseases. But they also carry diseases to animals. Therefore, it is vital that pet parents are aware of the damage and disease they can cause their pets.  Heartworm …

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YOUR PET’S WELFARE DURING COVID 19 OUTBREAK

As we keep watch on news about COVID 19 some may wonder how this virus affects their pets. Firstly, realize there can be all sorts of random news on the internet. Therefore, we recommend following news from the WHO and the CDC so you get the facts. Also the AVMA is in regular contact with these organizations as well as …

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Spring is on its way!

Keep Your Pets Safe from Poisonous Plants March 19th marks the first day of spring. As the weather begins to warm up you may get the urge to get outside and start planting. Or if you don’t fancy gardening perhaps you may decide to simply add some plants to the inside of your home.  Spring is also a great time …

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NATIONAL PET DENTAL MONTH

Does your pet have bad breath?  Both cats and dogs will normally have some breath odor that can be detected when you are close to your pet.  For example, your pet’s breath may smell like the food they have eaten. However, while it will be noticeable it should not be horrible, especially if you are some feet away from your …