Archives: General Care

  • 4 Ways That Great Nutrition Benefits Your Pet

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    Everyone knows that nutrition is important for any animal companion. When your pet receives the right combination of vitamins, minerals, proteins, carbohydrates, fats, and water on a daily basis, they stay healthy—it’s that simple. But what specifically does good nutrition do for our pets? How does it benefit them? Let’s take a closer look at some of the important benefits of nutrition for your pet. Skin and Fur Health Did you know that a pet … Read More »

  • 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 »

  • 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 »

  • 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 »