Grape / Raisin Toxicity

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Did you know that grapes and raisins are toxic to your canine companion? New research is also suggesting that cats and ferrets can also experience kidney damage from ingesting grapes/raisins. While the exact toxin within the fruits is still under investigation, a potential theory is that a fungus within the fruit causes the kidney failure seen in dogs. If your …

Sugar Free Gum Toxicity

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There are many delicious sugar free gums available for people to choose from.  But did you know that some of these gums can be fatal to your dog if ingested?  Xylitol, an artificial sweetener, can drop your dogs blood sugar levels rapidly and cause liver toxicity. This artificial sweetener can be found in many different types of objects including gum, …

Grain-Free Diets: Good or Evil?

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Grain-Free Diets: Good or Evil? Pet food companies have been marketing grain free diets in the past decade, and insinuate that these diets are much healthier for our pets, as though corn, wheat, and rice are harmful.  Most veterinarians have been skeptical of these marketing gimmicks.  They have made pet food companies a lot of money, but most veterinarians have …

Homemade Treats

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Homemade Treats TREATS SHOULD NOT EXCEED 5% OF YOUR PETS TOTAL FOOD INTAKE. If you are using canned product, cut up some bite sized pieces and bake in your microwave for approximately 2 ½ to 3 minutes. This will change the texture but not damage the nutrients, and is an excellent treat for your pet, while still feeding the necessary …

Winter Safety

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Winter Safety Yes, it is that time of year again, when the earth is covered in a soft blanket of snow.  We love frolicking in the snow and doing outdoor activities in the brisk air. Our fuzzy friends love joining us in these activities as well!  Just as we keep ourselves safe from the cold and ice, we need to …

Training a Puppy

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Training a Puppy Basic House Training Direct Method The direct house training method requires you to be nearby to supervise and reward good habits from the beginning. Provide frequent opportunity to eliminate in an appropriate place and to reward this behavior immediately as it occurs. To do this, walk your puppy on a leash at regular intervals. Other methods may …

Thanksgiving Safety Tips

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Thanksgiving Safety Tips Thanksgiving is a wonderful season to let family and friends (even the four-legged kind) know that they are appreciated.  As pet owners, we tend to let our furry friends know they are loved by offering treats they normally wouldn’t have, such as turkey, bread, and sweet desserts.  Just like any other time of year, we need to …

Sprayed by a Skunk?

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Sprayed by a Skunk? Skunks are often coming around your home in in search of food, so if there are skunks around, you probably have lawn grubs. Get rid of the grubs and you will probably get rid of the skunks. Paul Krebaum, a chemist, invented a new more effective formula for de-skunking a dog. Mix in an open bucket …

Spay & Neuter Information

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Spay & Neuter Information & When When to Spay or Neuter your pet As of this moment, this is a hot topic, and solid answers are hard to come by. There have been new studies, and revisiting of old studies..  Unfortunately, this makes it difficult to give exact guidelines. Currently (as of September 2018, these are our recommendations: Cats:5-6 months.  …

Poinsettias: Fact & Myth

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Poinsettias: Fact & Myth Fact: People buy at least 2-3 million Poinsettia plants annually. Myth: The Christmas Poinsettia is toxic. Fact: The Christmas Poinsettia (Euphorbia pulcherrima) is the most widely tested consumer plant on the market. Myth: Ingesting the Christmas Poinsettia causes vomiting, diarrhea, and even death due to toxins entering the bloodstream. Fact: Both American and European Mistletoe (Phoradendron …