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12 Tips for Raising a Healthy, Happy Kitten

July 16, 2020

Do we detect the pitter-patter of tiny kitten paws in your house? If you’re adding a new feline family member, here are some important kitten care tips to help you make a successful start.   Age matters. The kitten socialization period, when they learn to interact with other animals and humans, ends at around 7 …

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Simple Pet Health Care You Can Do at Home

June 11, 2020

We know you probably love your veterinarian. But sometimes the pet doctor isn’t a possibility for non-emergency care. And who doesn’t like to save a buck on pet-related expenses? While there are plenty of procedures that are best left to the professionals, some simple pet care tasks can be done safely on your own, at …

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11 Spring Pet Safety Tips You Need to Know

March 5, 2020

Depending on where you live, the tulips and daffodils may already be pushing up from the earth. You might spot robins feathering nests or a canopy of green buds unfurling overhead, and soon you’ll sleep with the windows cranked open. Ever notice how spring has a way of making the world feel fresh-scrubbed and alive? …

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9 Flea & Tick Do’s and Don’ts

May 9, 2019

  If you’re happy to get outside after a long winter, you can bet fleas and ticks are, too. As we head into peak flea and tick season, here are some tips to keep in mind for your pets: DO take the health risks of fleas and ticks seriously. In addition to transmitting tapeworms and …

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Careers for Pet Lovers: Dog Grooming

February 28, 2019

While this blog has covered lots of different canine careers, from cadaver tracking to cancer detection, what about the people who make a career out of working with dogs? Specifically, have you ever wondered what it’s like to be a dog groomer? If you think making pets look their best is your idea of the …

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Winter Cat Safety: Keeping Your Tabby Toasty

January 3, 2019

Pet cats have the right idea about winter. You’ll never find them shoveling or scraping ice off a windshield. They’re more likely to be inside, basking in a sliver of sunshine. Or curled under your down comforter. Which raises the question: What else can you do to make your kitty feel cozy during the cold …

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Canine Heatstroke is Real. And Can Be Deadly.

July 5, 2018

Is it possible to have too much fun in the sun? For dogs, the answer is yes. In fact, it may not take long for a dog’s body temperature to reach dangerous levels, leading to heatstroke. What Is heatstroke? It’s a potentially life-threatening condition in which the core body temperature rises to around 105 °F …

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Vacation with Your Best Friend

July 7, 2016

Pets have never been a bigger part of the family. So it only makes sense to include yours on the family vacation, right? Before you go, we’ve compiled some tips to help keep your pet safe and comfortable. Consult your veterinarian Your pet should be healthy enough for travel and current on his or her …

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Should You Buy Pet Health Insurance?

June 16, 2016

More than ever before, U.S. pet owners consider their furry friends to be part of the family, according to a 2015 survey conducted by the Harris Poll. And when our four-legged family members are sick or hurt, our veterinarians can offer increasingly sophisticated testing and advanced therapies — in fact, many of the same diagnostic …

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