Where Exactly Do Ticks Hang Out?

A Ticks are everywhere this year. These ugly insects are blood feeders and are unfortunately capable of transmitting some serious illnesses, such as Lyme disease, to people and dogs alike. Ticks are most often found on low lying vegetation – such as fields of tall grass or low plant life in the woods. They spend their adult lives hanging on to leaves with their ‘arms’ outstretched waiting for a...
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Q How Do I Help My Dog with Fear of Storms?

    A Many dogs (and some cats) have anxiety or even outright panic during thunderstorms.  Usually, the fear response becomes more obvious as the dog moves through middle-age.  Common signs of anxiety including hiding, whining, panting, pacing, and even destructive behavior. Behavioral modification and reassurance may be enough to bring some calming affects; however,...
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How Can I Get My Pet to Lose Weight

Q How can I get my pet to lose weight? A Weight loss in pets can be challenging, but just as in people, weight can be successfully managed by monitoring “calories in versus calories out”. Measure how much food you are currently giving per day with a measuring cup and compare with the recommended measure on the food bag. If your pet is overweight, try decreasing this volume by 20%. Also, calories...
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Why does my pet’s breath smell so bad?

Q Why does my pet’s breath smell so bad? A Though many things may cause bad breath in your pet, by far and away, the most common cause is heavy tartar.  Dental cleanings are a daily procedure in our practice.  These procedures are properly handled under sedation so that a thorough exploration of the mouth can be done.  All 42 teeth of an adult dog (32 in a cat) are examined,...
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My dog swallowed something. What should I do?

Q My dog swallowed something. What should I do? A The answer may lie in on both the size of your dog and what was swallowed.  For small, rounded objects that have been swallowed within 30 minutes, hydrogen peroxide can be administered orally.  Call your veterinarian to get dosing amounts based upon your dog’s size. For sharp objects or caustic solutions, vomiting may cause unwanted...
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My cat urinated outside the litter box – what should I do?

Q My cat urinated outside the litter box – what should I do? A Inappropriate elimination can be one of the most frustrating situations with our kitties. Cats have very complex behaviors that can also affect where they choose to excrete. The first step in correcting the issue is to ensure there are no underlying medical conditions that are causing the behavior such as kidney disease, diabetes,...
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Is my cat really healthy?

Q Is my cat really healthy? A Cats are amazing animals.  They are lean, fast, strong and tough.  They can just as easily be fat, slow and lazy.  Our house cats have it pretty good after all.  For some, the biggest part of their day is a long stretch and saunter to the food bowl and litter box.  They usually demand very little and pick and choose their bonding times....
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What Does the AAFCO Statement on Pet Food Bags Mean?

Q What Does the AAFCO Statement Mean on Pet Food Bags? A   The Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) has set forth standards for pet food companies to ensure that pets’ nutritional needs are met. Anytime you choose a pet food, choose a food that meets AAFCO’s standards stated on the side or back of the bag. It will say something like “this food is formulated to meet the...
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What is ‘Gourmet’ or ‘Natural’ Pet Food

  Q What is ‘Gourmet’ or ‘Natural’ Pet Food? A Pet food bags are covered in claims, such as ‘natural’, ‘premium’, or ‘organic’. Many of these claims are legal standards that must be met, but others are distractors meant to trick customers into purchasing their food. Let’s review a few of the common claims made on pet food bags. If ‘natural’ is noted on the bag, the food cannot contain...
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