Why don’t my dog’s feet freeze in the snow?

Wouldn’t it be nice to have warm feet all winter even without shoes or socks? Your pet has an advantage we don’t, and it is not just extra hair. When our feet get cold, our body constricts our feet’s blood vessels to slow blood flow to protect our core body temperature.  Low blood flow can mean not just discomfort, but possible frostbite. Researchers in Japan have studied dogs’ feet...
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Christmas Puppy or Kitten?

What next? Ok. So, you now have a new puppy or kitten adding to the Holiday chaos.  Congratulations! I’m sure it is already clear that the family dynamics have been suddenly altered.  There are not many things more fun than the antics of a new pet.  Pet videos are forever a social media hit.  But, after the novelty fades, there are some real considerations to consider. Your new...
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Should I keep my cat away from my Christmas Tree?

A Christmas Tree does pose a threat for some cats. What could be more fun than scaling a tower offering a new vantage point to survey the surroundings?  Or better yet, chewing on a dangling cord or shiny tinsel? Kittens and young cats are most likely to tackle scaling a tree.  Some common sense precautions are in order.  Swallowing pine needles from a live tree can be dangerous....
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My Dog is Limping. Is It an Emergency?

It is always difficult to see your beloved pet in discomfort, and if an injury occurs, it can be difficult to determine the severity of the injury at home. Musculoskeletal injuries are common in pets. Like people, many older pets suffer from arthritis and can have intermittent lameness. Sprain injuries can also occur, especially in active animals. If your dog or cat becomes suddenly lame, assess...
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Do Dogs Get Hay Fever?

Hay fever in humans causes the typical sneezing and itchy water eyes associated with pollen allergies – trees and grass in the Spring and ragweed in the Fall. Dogs also react to these pollens, but in a much different way.  Dogs show more sensitivity to the pollen contact to the skin than the nasal passages and eyes as in humans.  The typical symptoms in dogs are generalized itching of...
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Should my groomer be cleaning teeth?

Groomers do a wonderful job at keeping our pets looking good. They often are the first to spot skin growths, infected ears, or dirty teeth.  Some groomers offer a dental scaling as a service thinking it is beneficial and effective. Though groomers may have good intentions, dental cleanings fall under the exclusive care of veterinarians.  Though dental tartar (brown buildup) on the...
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How do I keep my dog from getting the flu?

Influenza has been in the news a lot lately, and many pet owners worry about the risk to their pet. While influenza has been seen in our area in recent years, we have not been seeing cases frequently. Preventing the flu can be difficult, because the disease is so infectious. Spread by coughing and secretions, the flu can infect unvaccinated dogs in no time!  Vaccinations are available...
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My dog had a seizure. What do I do?

Seizure disorders are relatively common in dogs and can be caused by many different conditions. Although upsetting to witness, it is important not to panic.  Seizures usually last less than two minutes.  A pet may lose consciousness, become rigid, paddle its limbs, and urinate or defecate during the event. If your pet is having a seizure, keep it from any area where it may fall and...
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What makes a trusted veterinarian?

Veterinarians as a group have always been a well thought of and trusted class of professionals. Perhaps it’s their interest in caring for animals in general and their sacrifice of schooling and effort to be able to do so.  I can’t think of a more wonderful profession that helps people and their furry ones they care about. Most people can readily think of a veterinarian who’s care, and...
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How often should my pet’s teeth be cleaned?

Dental disease is one of the most common diseases affecting our dogs and cats. Poor dental health can impact lifespan and overall quality of life and should therefore be taken seriously. Genetics and breed play important roles in how quickly dental disease develops in dogs and cats. Furthermore, tartar develops because few pet owners (myself included) brush their pet’s teeth daily....
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