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Holiday Pet Safety

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, with goodies, gifts and garland galore. But as you’re decking the halls and ushering in the holiday spirit, keep your pet’s safety in mind. Truth or myth? Poinsettias’ reputation for being poisonous can be traced back to a rumor that surfaced in 1919. While the sap of […]

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November is Pet Diabetes Month

What is diabetes? Diabetes is a complex disease that affects the concentration of glucose, the main source of energy for the body’s cells. It results when the body produces too little of the hormone insulin, or doesn’t process insulin properly. Without enough insulin, cells can’t absorb glucose which leads to a high concentration in the […]

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Tips to Keep Pets Safe for Halloween

Paws Off Chocolate and candies made with the artificial sweetener xylitol are the most toxic for pets. Candy wrappers can also be dangerous when swallowed, causing intestinal blockages. Call us or keep the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center number handy if your pet gets into dangerous treats: (888) 426-4435. Symptoms that require immediate attention: Vomiting, Diarrhea, […]

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Dog Days of Summer- Keeping Pets Cool!

Did you know? While we cool off through sweat glands all over our bodies, dogs only sweat from two places: their nose and paw pads. Panting is the most efficient way for dogs to release heat. Who is most at risk for overheating? • Elderly pets • Pets with thick or dark-colored coats • Overweight […]

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Common Summertime Plants Poisonous to Pets

With summer in full bloom, pet parents need to be on high alert for plants that can be toxic for our furry friends. Pets are curious creatures who investigate the world through their senses, which can translate into an emergency visit to the veterinarian. Here we’ve focused on some of the most common varieties you […]

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National Microchipping Month

Our furry companions aren’t just pets; they’re family – and they depend on you to protect them. While many pet owners think their pets would never run away, the reality is that one in three family pets goes missing in their lifetime. Sadly, most missing pets escape in the summer, especially around the 4th of […]

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Pet Nutrition Basics

From kitten and puppyhood through the golden years, nutrition plays an important role in your pet’s health. But with so many options in the pet food aisles, how can you be sure you’re choosing the right ones for your pet’s age, weight, activity level and any existing medical conditions? Here are some things you should […]

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Springtime Buzz about Heartworm Disease

You and your pets aren’t the only ones itching to bask in the warmth of spring. As the mercury rises and the spring rains collect in puddles, swarms of pesky mosquitoes are sent looking for their next lunch. These buzzing bloodsuckers may be just a nuisance to us humans, but to our pets they can […]

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Does Your Pet Have Allergies?

Dogs and cats can be allergic to many of the same things we are: foods, medications, household chemicals, dust mites, mold spores, pollens, and nearly anything else in the environment. Just like in humans, an allergic reaction in pets is caused by an overactive immune system that mistakes a non-harmful substance as a threat. Many […]

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February is National Pet Dental Health Month

By the time your pet is three years old, he or she will likely have some form of periodontal disease – the most common clinical condition affecting dogs and cats despite it being one of the most preventable. Imagine what might happen if you stopped brushing your teeth for days, months or even years. Not […]