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  • Caring for a Toy Breed Dog

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    Do you have a pint-sized pup? Small dogs are adorable! Many toy breeds were initially bred as companion animals, so they tend to be very affectionate and cuddly. However, Fido does have some specific care needs. A vet discusses small dog care below. General Health Obesity is often a problem with toy breeds, simply because it’s so easy to overfeed them. They’re also prone to hypoglycemia, which is a dangerous drop in blood sugar. Ask … Read More »

  • Acetaminophen Poisoning in Your Pet

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    Acetaminophen is an extremely common pain reliever and can easily be obtained over the counter. It’s probably in your home right now! Acetaminophen can be toxic to our animal companions, so it’s important to be aware of the danger so that you can take quick action in a worst-case scenario. In this article from your local veterinarian, you’ll find out why acetaminophen poisoning occurs, what it looks like, and how to deal with it and … Read More »

  • Helping Cats and Toddlers Get Along

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    Do you have both a toddler and a cat? Kids and cats are a super cute combination! Kitties can form strong bonds with children. They also make great cuddle buddies and playmates. However, cats and toddlers don’t always understand each other very well, which can lead to friction. Here, a vet discusses helping cats and toddlers become friends. Warning Signs When it comes to kitties and toddlers, one common fear is that Fluffy will scratch … Read More »

  • Vehicle Safety Tips for Your Pet

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    According to the American Automobile Association, over 80% of dog owners drive with their pet in the car. That’s a lot of pets traveling in motor vehicles—it’s important for you to make sure your animal companion stays safe! Here are a few key vehicle safety tips for your pet: In the Garage There are several safety hazards to consider before you’ve even left home. Always check that your pet isn’t in the garage when you’re … Read More »

  • Essential Oils That Are Toxic to Pets

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    Essential oils have become very popular, and with good reason. They smell wonderful, and can be helpful for both cosmetic and medicinal purposes. They are also often utilized for aromatherapy and in personal care products, like soaps and lotions. However, what is good for us isn’t always good for our animal companions. In fact, some essential oils are dangerous for pets. Here, a vet offers information to help keep your pets safe. Cats Cats have … Read More »

  • Your Cat’s Body Language

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    If you own a cat, you know that they can sometimes be a bit aloof. One of the best ways to tell what your cat might be thinking or feeling is by studying their body language. While it’s not an exact science, there are a few traits common across most cats that are good indicators of your feline friend’s mood. Learn more below: The Tail Experts agree: your cat’s tail is one of the best … Read More »

  • Veterinarian recognized for pet emergency disaster planning, response, recovery work

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    Reneé Poirrier, D.V.M., recently received the Louisiana Emergency Preparedness Association (LEPA) Lifetime Achievement award for her long-term commitment and excellence in emergency preparedness. Through her role as the volunteer director of the Louisiana State Animal Response Team (LSART), Poirrier, has served as an integral part of the Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry’s (LDAF) All Hazard Incident Management Team as a technical specialist since 2003. LDAF Commissioner Mike Strain, D.V.M., congratulated Poirier on the achievement. … Read More »

  • Meet the AKC’s Newest Breed: The Azawakh

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    The ‘puparazzi’ are all buzzing about the latest dog news: the AKC has just welcomed another new breed into their ranks. The Azawakh (pronounced Oz-a-wok) was formally inducted on January 1, 2019. This brings the total number of AKC-recognized breeds to 193, including the 2018 inductees: the Nederlandse Kooikerhondje and the Grand Basset Griffon Vandeen. In this article, a local vet discusses the Azawakh. History The Azawakh is actually an ancient breed, having originated in … Read More »

  • Caring For Your Pet as They Age

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    While the exact age that your pet is considered “old” can vary depending on species, size, and breed, one thing is for sure: our animal companions need our love and care as they get older! As your pet enters their senior years, there are several things you can do to make sure that they stay happy and healthy. Frequent Veterinary Visits One of the best ways to make sure your senior pet stays in good … Read More »

  • The Building Blocks of Your Pet’s Nutrition

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    Proper nutrition is a must for any healthy pet. Modern pet foods are specially formulated to give great nutrition to your companion, and there are plenty of options out there. In the end, though, your pet’s nutrition comes down to the basic building blocks—you’ll find that the nutrients that your pet needs are many of the same ones that you do! Let’s take a closer look at the building blocks of your pet’s nutrition. Protein … Read More »