Archives: General Health

  • Helping Your Dog Get Through Mosquito Season

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    Hot weather tends to bring with it a few pet hazards, one of which is outdoor pests. Mosquitoes are more than just a nuisance to us humans—they can bite our canine companions as well! Read on to find out more about the dangers these pests pose and how to keep your four-legged friend safe from harm. Mosquito Bites A dog’s coat of fur does offer some protection against mosquito bites, but mosquitoes can still bite … Read More »

  • Holiday Plant Hazards

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    The holidays are full of food, fun, and family. They also present a few hazards for our animal companions! Read on to find out more about keeping your pet safe from plant hazards during the holiday season. The Tree If you’ve set up a holiday tree in your home this year, it’s important to be aware of a few potential dangers. Not only can the ornaments and lights adorning your tree prove hazardous if a … 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 »

  • 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 »

  • Guide to Choosing the Proper Cat Litter

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    You’re excited to be joining the ranks of happy cat owners. Tomorrow, you’ll bring home Trixie, a charming calico cat you met at your town’s animal shelter. You’ve already bought her a plush bed, rhinestone collar, and all the cat toys she could possibly handle. You’ve also scheduled a new patient appointment with your veterinarian. The vet will provide her with a thorough exam and prescribe a quality life-stage diet. However, you’re still mulling over … Read More »

  • What to Do If Your Dog Is Injured

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    Would you know what to do if your canine friend was ever injured? We truly hope this never happens to any of our clients, but we do want you to be prepared in case of an emergency. While a serious injury will of course require immediate veterinary care, you may have to provide some first aid before your dog can be transported. In this article, you’ll read some tips on what to do if your … Read More »

  • Cool Kitties – 5 Ways to Help Your Cat Beat Summertime Heat

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    Would you ever wear a fur coat in the middle of summer? Probably not! Our feline friends, however, don’t have much of a choice in the matter. Summertime can be very dangerous for cats, who can be at serious risk of heat stroke on sweltering days. Panting may help kitties cool off a little, but this isn’t very effective for them. Sweating doesn’t help much either, as cats only sweat through their paw pads. Here … Read More »

  • Your Dog Might Love These Challenging Sports

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    Your retriever mix Apollo is chomping at the bit for a new challenge. This clever four-year-old canine enjoys his dog park runs and neighborhood walks, but he’s clearly ready to launch his mind and body into something different. Fortunately, you’ve read about several increasingly popular canine sports your energetic pooch might enjoy. Before you sign Apollo up, however, your veterinarian will carefully evaluate his overall physical condition. Flying Disc Follies Apollo has been playing with … Read More »

  • Common Household Pet Toxins

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    March is Poison Prevention Month. Are you aware that your home most likely already contains a few—if not all—of the following pet toxins? Read on as your Lafayette veterinarian tells you more. Human Food Your kitchen is a pet-toxin hotspot. Various foods, including onions, garlic, avocado, grapes, raisins, coffee grounds, fatty foods, salt, chocolate, and candy are all very dangerous for pets. Alcohol is equally deadly; it affects pets the same way if affects us, … Read More »

  • Pet Safety for Thanksgiving

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    While you’re looking forward to the fun family gathering of the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday, don’t forget to keep your pet’s safety in mind. Below, your Lafayette veterinarian lists the most common Turkey Day pet hazards to be aware of. Toxic Foods Of course, a variety of foods or ingredients you’re serving this holiday are actually toxic to cats and dogs. The list includes onions, garlic, grapes, raisins, avocado, chocolate, candy, gum, salty foods, coffee and … Read More »

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