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7 Reasons to Immediately Bring Your Cat to the ER

There are many reasons to consider scheduling a visit with your family veterinarian. Maybe your pet is losing weight for no obvious reason, their appetite has grown picky, or they’re due for an annual exam and bloodwork. These are all important reasons to see your family veterinarian, but they don’t necessarily warrant a trip to the animal emergency room. So, when should you pack Fluffy in the carrier and

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My Dog Can’t Walk: Sudden Paralysis in Dogs

It’s one of the scariest moments you can experience as a pet owner: You wake up and go to let your dog out of the kennel, or he goes to jump off the bed, and you realize he can’t use his back legs. Unfortunately, this is a common occurrence in dogs, especially chondrodystrophic breeds (long back, short-legged dogs such as Dachshunds, Beagles, Spaniels, etc…) due to a herniating disk

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Can I Give My Dog and Cat Dairy Products?

We have all seen the movies and cartoons where a cat owner goes out onto the porch and pours cow’s milk into a small dish for their cat. This has often led cat owners to ask, “Can my cat have milk?” And then the question often leads to, “What about my dog? And what about ice cream? Yogurt? Cheese?” And…well, you get the idea. So, can your dog and

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Oral Tumors in Pets

Learning that your beloved pet has a growth in their mouth is daunting. It’s an experience no pet owner wants to go through. However, early recognition and an accurate diagnosis of the oral mass can result in more treatment options and a better prognosis for your pet. Here is a brief breakdown of what the process looks like if you currently suspect your pet may have an oral tumor:

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Homemade Slime Toxicity in Pets

Many parents are looking for fun ways to keep the kids entertained at home. Whether you need a boredom buster or a homeschooling art project, homemade slime (or “goop”) is easy to make and fun for the kids to play with. There are a lot of recipe variations for homemade slime to make glitter slime, glow in the dark slime, fluffy slime, and countless other types of slime! Be

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Should My Cat Wear A Collar?

Every year, an estimated 10 million pets go missing in the United States. And only a scant 2% of cats who do not have ID tags or microchips will be found by their owners. If your cat is indoor/outdoor (we recommend indoor-only, but that’s beyond the scope of this blog!) then a collar for identification purposes is very important. If your cat is indoor-only but a “dasher,” or curious

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Five Swimming Pool Pet Dangers and How to Prevent Them

On a hot summer day, one of the best ways to cool off is to jump into your backyard swimming pool! But is it safe to let your dog join you? Well, the short answer is: Yes, with supervision, it is typically safe for a dog to swim in a well-balanced chlorinated or saltwater swimming pool. Of course, do not let your dog drink from the pool, but otherwise,

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Understanding Water Intoxication in Pets

Imagine this scenario: It’s a warm, sunny Saturday so you and your dog head to the lake. The next few hours are filled with swimming, playing fetch, and enjoying other water activities. When it’s time to head home, you notice your dog is a bit sluggish and wobbly. He’s probably just tired from the unusually active day… But in the morning, your dog only seems worse. You rush him

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The Dos and Don’ts of Raising Monarch Caterpillars

About a decade ago, my husband gave up the arduous task of mowing the grass on the steep hill that runs the length of our property. Instead, we killed the grass and planted native prairie. Since then, other flowers and plants have blown in on the wind or were brought in by pollinators. One of those is milkweed – the staple food of monarch caterpillars. Every year, my kids

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5 Tips to Pet-Proof Your Home

During this pandemic, some pets may have grown too accustomed to their owners being home 24/7. As businesses reopen and more people return to work, we want to remind pet owners to pet-proof their homes and keep potential toxins out of your pet’s reach. Here are five tips on how to pet-proof your home as you prepare to return to your pre-pandemic schedule. 1. Keep Out the Toxins The

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