How to Tell a Dog's Age: 5 Vet Tips

Posted by Chris Vanderhoof, DVM, MPH on Aug 3, 2020 8:00:00 AM

During the last couple of decades, interest in adopting pets from shelters and through rescue groups has increased dramatically, and for good reason.

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Topics: Pet Care

Strategies for Stress: How to Calm a Dog Down

Posted by Chris Vanderhoof, DVM, MPH on Jun 15, 2020 8:00:00 AM

 

Here’s some scenarios you might be familiar with when it comes to your pup.

If you leave home, sometimes even just for 5 or 10 minutes to take out the trash or do something in the backyard, you can hear her howling and whining. If you ever leave for longer, you might find her broken out of her crate and the entire house looks like a small cyclone ripped through it.

 

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How to Brush Your Dog's Teeth in 5 Steps

Posted by Chris Vanderhoof, DVM, MPH on Mar 16, 2020 8:00:00 AM

Teeth. Those pearly whites.

We may not think about them as often as we need to. And we need them to be healthy more than we realize.

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Topics: Pet Care

Why and When to Neuter a Dog

Posted by Chris Vanderhoof, DVM, MPH on Feb 11, 2020 9:21:00 AM

Chris Vanderhoof, DVM, MPH

 

Spaying and neutering are terms that have become pretty commonplace in our society. Spaying and neutering pets has been advocated by shelters and rescue groups for years.

 

But in practice, I find that many pet parents know much less about what spaying and neutering entails than I might have thought. There are actually a lot of factors to consider when it comes time to spay or neuter, not the least of which is at what age to do it.

 

In this article, we’re going to discuss what spaying and neutering actually are and why they’re different, why spaying and neutering are recommended, and finally, when it’s the best time to spay or neuter your dog.

 

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Topics: Pet Care

Star-Spangled Pet Safety

Posted by Morgan Tamez on Jul 3, 2019 8:00:00 AM

The best day of summer is most definitely the 4th of July. You can share a barbecued hot dog or hamburger with friends and family, go for a swim, and even play with colorful sparklers. Of course, a party would not be complete without your furry partner. One could imagine that dogs love the 4th of July as much as people because of all the delicious food they sneak from unsuspecting hands and the endless amounts playtime they get with their favorite people. While your dog may enjoy some aspects of this national cookout, this holiday does not always result in fun and games for them. Unfortunately, more dogs run away on the 4th of July than any other holiday. This does not even include the common injuries dogs face during a cookout. Whether or not you plan to hold a celebration, it is critical to take necessary precautions on 4th of July weekend so another precious dog is not taken from their family or unintentionally hurt by the summer fun.

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Outdoor Pet Safety

Posted by Morgan Tamez on Jun 21, 2019 8:00:00 AM

As much as we like to think of our pets as one of us, at the end of the day they are all animals. That is to say, they love to be outdoors and play in their natural habitat. The outdoors is a great place for your furry friend to play, exercise, and explore new things the world has to offer. Of course, this does not mean that the world beyond the fence of your house is one-hundred percent safe for your dog or cat. Whether your pet is in the backyard or wandering around the neighborhood, it is good to be mindful of the potential hazards that your pet may face on their many adventures and understand what you can do a a pet parent to prevent these dangers from harming your little one.

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Topics: Pet Care, Cats, Dogs

Pet Poison Prevention

Posted by Morgan Tamez on Jun 5, 2019 8:00:00 AM

Living with a pet can be one of the best experiences a person can have. Of course, having a dog or a cat live with you isn’t all just fun and games. A pet that lives its life surrounded by human things is bound to get their paws into trouble one way or another. The problem that arises, however, is that their curiosity can become fatal in a matter of seconds. For this reason, the month of March is recognized as Pet Poison Prevention Awareness, which works to remind pet owners of the dangers their home poses to their furry friends. The first step to making your house safer for your pets is to educate yourself in regards to what is harmful to them.

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Topics: Pet Care, Cats, Dogs

Is Dog Urine Killing Grass On Your Lawn? Why and How to Prevent It

Posted by Chris Vanderhoof, DVM, MPH on Mar 18, 2019 8:16:49 AM

There’s nothing that supports a homeowner’s pride more than a well-kept lawn. And there’s nothing that invites a neighbor’s or landlord’s ire more than the patchy, yellow, dead grass pattern of urine spots.There’s nothing that supports a homeowner’s pride more than a well-kept lawn. And there’s nothing that invites a neighbor’s or landlord’s ire more than the patchy, yellow, dead grass pattern of urine spots.

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Topics: Pet Care, Dogs, Pet Health

Veterans Day for Pets

Posted by Morgan Tamez on Nov 9, 2018 3:07:58 PM

Veteran’s Day is a day for people to commemorate all the strong soldiers who fought for our country. While there are fearless men and women who serve us, did you know that there are also fearless dogs that accompany them? These hounds are formally called military working dogs, or MWDs for short. These dogs hold a number of duties and even titles that are higher than some officers. To honor such dogs, learn a bit about what it takes for a dog to become an MWD and what is in store for them once they retire.

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Topics: Pet Care, Dogs

Coping with Coprophagia: Why Does My Dog Eat Poop?

Posted by Chris Vanderhoof, DVM, MPH on Oct 31, 2018 2:57:16 PM

We dog lovers like nothing better than a warm wet kiss from a furry friend. It’s a good sign of the bond we share with them. But there can be one deterrent that would keep us from enjoying that sloppy wet kiss.“Doggy breath” can be bad enough but if you catch your pal eating poop, all bets are off.

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Topics: Pet Care, Dogs, Pet Health

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