Archives: General Care

  • 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 »

  • 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 »

  • Cats With Curls

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    Have you ever seen a curly-haired cat? While most of our feline pals have straight fur, there are some curly kitties out there. A local vet discusses cats with curls below. Selkirk Rex Did you happen to notice the buzz last year when a special kitty—an orange cat with curls—caught the internet’s heart? This furball’s story dates back to 1987, when a kitty named Miss DePesto, was born in a Montana shelter. Though her siblings … Read More »

  • Teaching Your Puppy His Name

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    If you’ve recently adopted a puppy or plan on getting one soon, one of the first orders of business will be teaching young Fido his name. It’s the foundation of your relationship and the starting point for all other training. Use the following tips to successfully teach your puppy his name: Choosing a Name First, set yourself up for success by choosing a great name for your pup. Try to pick a name with two … Read More »

  • Chattiest Cat Breeds

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    Does your kitty reply when you talk to her? Or does Fluffy only speak up when she wants dinner or attention? Some of our feline pals are quite the little chatterboxes! While every cat is unique, breed does play a large role in kitty personality traits, such as vocalizations and energy levels. Read on as a vet lists some of the most talkative cat breeds. Siamese Siamese cats are very outspoken, if you please. They … Read More »

  • 5 Health Benefits of Owning Pets

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    Pets provide years of unconditional love, loyalty, and companionship. Did you know that owning a pet can also improve your personal health? There are multiple ways that pets are good for us, both physically and mentally! Learn more below from your veterinarian. Lowered Stress Levels Did you know that people who own pets tend to be less stressed than those who don’t? This may be because of pets’ unique capacity for constant, unwavering companionship—the value … Read More »

  • Taking Good Care of Your Cat’s Skin

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    Skin problems are relatively common among our feline friends. Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to keep your cat’s skin in good shape throughout your pet’s life. That means a pristine coat of fur and a happy, healthy pet! Here are five quick tips for taking good care of your cat’s skin: Weekly Inspection Sit down with your cat about once a week to give her coat and skin a thorough inspection. … Read More »

  • Choosing a Pet Sitter

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    Are you considering hiring a pet sitter to look after your animal companion while you’re away from home? There are many great reasons to hire a sitter—your pet will be able to remain in comfortable, familiar surrounds until you’re back home, and a sitter can even take care of grooming appointments or veterinary visits while you’re away. Since you’re giving a sitter access to not only your pet, but your home as well, it’s important … Read More »

  • Your Dog’s Nutritional Needs

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    If there’s one thing we know for sure about Fido, it’s that he loves food. However, while your pup may happily gobble down anything you put in his dish, all pet foods are definitely not created equal. Here, a vet discusses doggy nutrition. Reading Labels Choosing the right dog food can be intimidating! Pet food manufacturers use slick marketing techniques to make their products look as good as possible. However, pet food labeling practices can … Read More »