Removing Ticks Properly

Removing Ticks Properly

If your dog spends lots of time outdoors, tick checks should be part of your daily routine. Here’s how to spot a tick – and what to do if one has grabbed hold of your pet. Step 1: Scan for ticks Start by running your fingers slowly over your dog’s entire body. If you feel a bump or swollen area, check to see if a […]

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How To Know That Spring Has Sprung, According To Your Cat

How To Know That Spring Has Sprung, According To Your Cat

Have a cat? Chances are you have a feline forecaster at your disposal. Call it a sixth sense or nine-life experience or sheer instincts, but your cat – believe it or not – knows best. Simply by accident, your feline friend can signal the advent of spring like a seasoned meteorologist confidently telling you to put your snow shovel away and move your winter jacket […]

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What To Expect During Your Pet’s Exam

What To Expect During Your Pet’s Exam

Just like at your doctor’s office visit, our staff will want to get your pet’s weight. It is important that the get an updated weight every time the pet comes in to the building. This ensures we can accurately provide medications and monitor the weight gain or weight loss of a pet. Either can be an obvious sign of a medical issue. When it comes […]

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Dryer Sheets Are Toxic to Dogs and Cats

Dryer Sheets Are Toxic to Dogs and Cats

A dryer sheet works to disperse static cling by coating fabrics with chemicals transferred from the sheet by heat. These same chemicals that are in high concentrations on the dryer sheets can harm your pet; especially if they chew or ingest a sheet, even a used one. Formulas vary from product to product, but your favorite fabric softener or dryer sheet may contain benzyl acetate, camphor, […]

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Rest your weary bones: 3 products for senior pets.

Rest your weary bones: 3 products for senior pets.

As pets get older, it’s important to keep them as pain free as possible. These products keep pets comfortable and safe from injury. By Heidi Lobprise, DVM, DAVDC FIRSTLINE As pets age, we want to provide the best care possible for them. This includes more frequent physical exams and diagnostic workups. Applicable medication, diets and supplements for any issues they may be experiencing, such as osteoarthritis […]

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What To Do If Your Dog Is Afraid Of Storms

What To Do If Your Dog Is Afraid Of Storms

It can be heartbreaking to watch: Even before the first clap of thunder, otherwise well-behaved dogs begin to pace, pant, cling to their owners, hide in the closet, or jam themselves behind the toilet. In severe cases, they’ll claw through drywall, chew carpets, or break through windows in their escalating panic. Thunderstorm phobia in dogs is real, not uncommon, and shouldn’t be ignored, experts say. Why does […]

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Adopt, Don’t Shop!

Adopt, Don’t Shop!

Have you heard the latest catch-phrase, “Adopt, Don’t Shop?” If so, you might be wondering what it means. Adopt, Don’t Shop is a campaign slogan that a growing number of animal rights proponents are using to promote adopting pets from shelters, rather than buying them from pet stores. What’s behind the movement? Is it controversial? And how can you get involved? Read on for answers […]

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10 Easy Steps For Brushing Your Dog’s Teeth At Home

10 Easy Steps For Brushing Your Dog’s Teeth At Home

Most of the clients at Companion Animal Hospital are aware that February is Dental Month. We are offering dental cleanings and procedures at a discounted price all month long. The question remains, “How can I help keep plaque and bad breath under control between dental cleanings?” Below are a few steps on the proper way to brush your own dogs teeth to maintain healthy teeth […]

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Keep Your Pets Away From These!

Keep Your Pets Away From These!

In today’s blog, we’ll talk about the 4 different types of active ingredients found in these mouse and rat poisons. These poisons all work (and kill) in different ways, so pay heed! While the most common type of mouse poison (e.g., brodifacoum, bromadiolone, etc.) often affects your dog’s ability to clot properly, new EPA mandates by the government are reducing the availability of this specific […]

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Does My Indoor Cat Need Vaccinations? Yes.

Does My Indoor Cat Need Vaccinations? Yes.

We hear it all the time: “My cat stays indoors. Why does she need vaccinations?” It seems counterintuitive, doesn’t it? If cats don’t run the risk of encountering disease, why do they need core vaccines (or titers) every three years? Here are half-dozen good reasons your veterinarian wants you to keep your cat up-to-date on his or her vaccinations. 6 Reasons to Vaccinate Your cat could accidentally get […]

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