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  • Spotlight on Service Dog Contributions

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    We have a tremendous respect for service dogs. From terriers and cocker spaniels to golden retrievers and German shepherds, these remarkable canines have helped many people enjoy more rewarding lives. Although the dogs’ tasks vary, they all stay calm and focused regardless of the situation around them. When visiting your veterinarian, you might have observed a service dog quietly awaiting his appointment. Seeing-Eye Dogs Also known as “guide dogs,” these world-renowned companions have been assisting … Read More »

  • Warning Signs of Heat Stroke in Cats

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    Many of us look forward to summer and all the fun activities it offers, such as swimming, grilling, and camping. Kitties certainly enjoy napping in sunbeams, but summer’s heat can be very dangerous for our feline friends. Cats don’t have many options when it comes to cooling themselves off. They can only sweat through their paw pads, and panting isn’t as effective for them as it is for dogs. Heat exhaustion, and eventually heat stroke, … Read More »

  • Car Safety for Puppies

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    Have you recently added a puppy to your household? Congratulations! Little Fido has lots to learn in his first year, as he figures out the do’s and don’ts of being a dog. One thing he’ll need to get used to is riding in cars. Whether you plan to take your canine pal out and about with you frequently, or only for occasional veterinary appointments or dog park excursions, you’ll need to keep your furry friend … Read More »

  • Fluffy’s First Trip to the Vet

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    Are you going to be bringing a new kitten into your home soon? Congratulations! You are certainly in for plenty of adorable moments as your furry new friend learns the do’s and don’ts of being a housecat. As a responsible pet owner, you’ll need to be sure that your furball gets proper veterinary care. One of the first things you’ll want to do is to set up the little one’s initial vet appointment. A local … Read More »

  • How to Soothe a Nervous Dog

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    Is your canine friend prone to nervousness and anxiety? Just like people, dogs all have their own personalities. Some are very calm, while others are more anxious. If you’re trying to help a nervous pup overcome his fears, you’ll need to figure out what he is frightened of, so you can determine the best course of action. That said, there are some things that can be helpful to many timid dogs. Here are a few … Read More »

  • Guide to Puppy Obedience Training

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    Your brand-new puppy Dozer just hit your house like a tiny canine whirlwind. Earlier this week, you adopted this seven-week-old retriever mix through an animal rescue group. When he arrived home, this frenzied little pooch sniffed out every corner before thrashing his toys into submission. Next, he began nipping at your ankles. Although you can dismiss his chewing behavior now, it won’t be so amusing when he’s a full-grown dog with more impressive choppers. Clearly, … Read More »

  • Why Your Cat Keeps Play Fighting

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    Your two male cats look like prize fighters lately. Four-year-old Buster has been battling it out with five-year-old Rocky — and you haven’t seen a clear winner. They regularly thrash on the floor, rolling and spinning until one gets up and walks away. You know many cats engage in this play fighting behavior. You haven’t noticed any real aggression, so you haven’t broken up the warriors. When your scrappy feline housemates get annual physical checkups, … Read More »

  • Is Your Child Ready for a Puppy?

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    Has your little munchkin started asking for a puppy? Are you wondering whether the time is right for a new four-legged, furry family addition? Determining when to get your child their first pet can be a bit tricky. One the one hand, children can reap some great physical and emotional benefits from having a pet. Pets provide playmates, friendship, unconditional love and loyalty, and plenty of cuddles, all of which are wonderful things for a … Read More »

  • Your Dog Can Experience Age-Related Behavioral Changes

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    Your golden retriever Rusty has always been a model pooch. Your ten-year-old dog’s easygoing nature simply captivates everyone he meets. During his regular walks and dog park visits, he shows a furiously wagging tail and a happy grin. After an exhausting day of playtime, he sacks out on his bed for some well-deserved sleep. Recently, however, your senior companion has displayed several out-of-character actions. You’d like your veterinarian to determine if an emerging medical problem … Read More »

  • Meet the AKC’s Three Newest Dog Breeds

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    Our canine friends certainly come in all sorts of different shapes and sizes. Did you know that there are over 187 dog breeds now recognized by the AKC? That number includes three adorable new breeds. In this article, a local vet introduces these three new breeds. Berger Picard Just added to the AKC’s Herding Group, the Berger Picard is an amiable, playful farm dog that originated in France. The Berger Picard is very rare, so … Read More »

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