Don’t Forget About Dental Health


February is Pet Dental Health Month and it’s one aspect of care many pet parents tend to overlook. Healthy teeth and gums are just as important for your dog as they are for you! While a dog’s tolerance for “brushing” may vary, it’s a good habit to get into early on. Similar to humans, plaque on a dog’s teeth can ...

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4 Ways to Keep Your Dog Safe and Secure


Your dog is most likely one of your most beloved companions so it is only natural to want to make sure that they are as safe and secure as possible. Taking steps to protect their future is one of the best ways to show your pet how much you love and care for them, even without saying so. 1: Invest ...

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Pet Poison Hotline Launches “Toxin Tails”


The veterinary toxicology professionals at Pet Poison Helpline are launching a new consumer awareness campaign called Toxin Tails. Each month they will highlight an unusual or interesting case from the thousands of calls received. Below is the first edition of Toxin Tails. What happens when your previously healthy pet eats something he found in your yard and wakes up the next morning ...

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3 Tips to Keep Your Pooch Safe This Christmas


by Dr. Margit Gabriele Muller The festive season with sparkling Christmas trees and delicious food pose temptations for your pooch and are full of potential hazards. Many Christmas festivities take a bad turn when the party ends in a vet emergency. Here are my top 3 tips for enjoying a happy, safe and dog-proofed festive season. The Christmas tree and decorations ...

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Dogs Going to the Vet “Alone” Show Signs of Stress


Article reposted with permission of University of Guelph The current pandemic has many veterinary clinics asking pet owners to wait outside during appointments, but new research from the University of Guelph’s Ontario Veterinary College (OVC) finds this new protocol might increase stress levels for dogs. The study, published in the Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association, found that dogs separated ...

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What Can I Give My Dog for Pain?

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Shared with permission from Honest Paws. See the original blog post here. One of the most common questions that veterinarians are asked is, “What can I give my dog for pain?” Doctor of Veterinary Medicine JoAnna Pendergrass (DVM) answers those questions. When your dog is in pain, it can be heartbreaking. No one likes to see their four-legged friend in any kind of ...

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“Forever” Chemicals Could be Affecting Your Dog, Too


by Laura Fourniotis, Blue Pearl Vet From nonstick cookware to clothing and cosmetics, industrial chemicals can be found in many of the items we use every day. One specific class of chemicals, per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), are being used in more and more places, including some food packaging, clothing, cleaning products, and water supplies. Now, scientists have also found these chemicals in household pets (yes, ...

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Your Pets are Stressed, Too

Dr. Niwako Ogata, an associate professor of veterinary behavior medicine in Purdue’s College of Veterinary Medicine, says pets could be feeling secondhand anxiety from their owners who are coping with lifestyle changes caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

By Abbey Nickel, Purdue University The COVID-19 pandemic is creating emotional stress and anxiety for humans – but chances are, their furry companions are likely feeling the same way. Dr. Niwako Ogata, an associate professor of veterinary behavior medicine in Purdue University’s College of Veterinary Medicine, says pets could be feeling secondhand anxiety from their owners who are coping with ...

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Do You Know Pet First Aid?


Do you know how to perform CPR on your dog? How do you treat a cut on a paw? If a cat is limping, can you evaluate the injury? These are the kinds of questions you should be asking during National Pet First Aid Awareness Month this April. A PetFirst Pet Insurance1 poll of members last year indicated that for ...

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COVID-19 and Pets: What are the Risks?

Two dogs meeting on a walk

Whether or not your pet can become infected with the COVID-19 virus has produced some confusion. While some reports have surfaced that pets cannot contract the virus, other reports say it is still possible. So what’s the truth? “The facts haven’t really changed, although we continue to develop more nuanced understanding,” said Dr. Kate Creevy, associate professor of small animal ...

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