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October 2016

How to Make Halloween Safer For Your Pet

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Most pet owners agree that Halloween is a fun holiday to share with their pets–especially since they look fantastic in just the right costume.  However, Halloween also has the potential to be a very dangerous holiday for pets, especially if their owners are unaware of the very real dangers that are often lurking throughout their own houses.  So how can you ensure that Halloween is both enjoyable and safe for your pet?  Read on. Hidden Halloween Dangers Most pets are incredibly curious about everything in their environment, and this is where Halloween can get them into trouble.  Following are some basic tips to follow to make Halloween a bit safer for your pet: ● Keep all Halloween candy completely out of reach of your pets–especially if it contains chocolate or xylitol.  Chocolate is dangerous because it contains caffeine and theobromine, which are both highly toxic to pets and can lead to…

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5 Tips for Handling a Pet Emergency

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One of the most disastrous things that can occur during a pet emergency situation is a loss of precious time.  This can occur when a pet owner fails to recognize the emergency situation as soon as it has occurred, or spends time researching what should be done instead of taking action.  Following are five tips for handling a pet emergency so as to eliminate wasted time: 1. Know exactly where the closest emergency veterinary clinic is and how to reach them at any time of day or night.  When your pet is in distress, you need to know with absolute certainty who to call and where to take them.  This will not only help to relieve some of the emotional burden you are faced with, it will allow immediate and potentially life-saving action to occur. 2. Never assume that the situation may improve if you wait it out.  If your pet has…

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National Veterinary Technician Week: Why We Love Our Vet Techs

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October 16th through October 22nd marks National Veterinary Technician week. Vet techs play a critical role in the functioning of veterinary offices across the globe. While we see them for only a brief time during our pet’s appointments, the variety of tasks most vet techs perform go well beyond handling cuddly kittens or weighing your growing pup. They Educate Us For a new pet owner, life can be a whirlwind in the beginning. Learning what type of food will best suit your dog’s dietary needs or how often you should bathe your cat can come with a variety of answers when searching the web. Our veterinary technicians are there to narrow things down and answer all the questions we have based specifically on our individual pet’s needs. They Do the Dirty Work Any veterinary technician will tell you that this job is not for the faint of heart. Being a…

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4 Seasonal Pet Hazards Associated with Autumn

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It’s officially Fall, arguably one of the most beautiful times of year where you and your pet can frolic in the falling leaves, ride along on hayrides, and enroll yourselves in that long awaited costume contest. As we soak in the season’s color displays and festivities begin, it is important to be aware of potential safety risks that can affect your pet in and around the home this holiday season. Rat Poison When it cools down outside, small rodents begin looking for places to hunker down and keep warm. It’s no coincidence that once the heat turns on inside the home, you may start hearing scratches and squeaks in your attic, the basement, or even within the walls.  There are a variety of choices when it comes to eliminating these pests, but if you choose to set out a poison, make sure it is in a safe location away from…

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National Animal Safety and Prevention Month: How to Ensure Your Pet’s Safety

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October marks the beginning of National Animal Safety and Prevention Month. As a pet owner, protecting our pets from harm and illness are at the top of our priorities. This month, we reflect upon some tried and true tips and technologies to make sure our pet is healthy, happy and safe. Microchipping Your Pet Each year, up to 8 million pets end up at an animal shelter. Finding a lost pet can be near impossible through traditional methods like posting flyers around town. Microchipping has revolutionized this problem and reunited pets and their families with technology as small as a grain of rice. Microchips are about twelve millimeters in size, and are placed just beneath your pet’s skin, typically between the shoulder blades. Each microchip has a unique number that when scanned, can provide the contact information of that pet’s owner. Unlike a collar with tags that can snag or…

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