Mar
19
2015
Providing regular health care for your cat is essential for a longer, healthier, and more comfortable life for her. Many cats, however, don’t get the regular veterinary care they need due to the amount of stress caused by simply trying to get them to the veterinary hospital. Here, a few tips to make the trip to your veterinarian less stressful—for both your cat and you. ...more
Mar
11
2015
As pet owners, we never want our pets to be diagnosed with heartworms. And chances are, if we’re giving our pets monthly heartworm preventive, they never will be. We know that disease prevention is the safest and most ideal option; however, in the case something goes awry and our furry friend does become infected, there are some important facts to consider for safety during treatment and for optimum recovery....more
Mar
11
2015
If there’s one thing our pets provide more than anything else, it’s unconditional love. And with National Volunteer Week kicking off on April 12, now’s the perfect time to extend that love to others. Getting involved and volunteering with your furry pal is a fun way to spend time together while making a difference in the lives of others. It is also a great way to socialize your pet, helping her to get used to being around other people and animals. Here are a few ideas to get you thinking about all the ways you might want to make a difference with your pet....more
Mar
5
2015
Jane Flower is grateful for both of her guide dogs. Her first dog, a yellow Labrador retriever named Ari, helped her navigate undergraduate school while her vision was deteriorating. Years later, she went to graduate school with Anja, a yellow Lab/golden retriever mix, and now the two frequently travel through airports and onto airplanes together for Flower’s work as outreach manager for Guide Dogs for the Blind. ...more
Mar
3
2015

Treating your pet's allergies

by Anna Coffin, DVM
Allergies and skin conditions are one of the top reasons pets visit the veterinary hospital. Pets can develop allergies to flea saliva, ingredients in food, and inhalants, such as trees, grasses, and weed pollen. Itching and scratching are the most common signs seen with pet allergies. Secondary skin and ear infections can also occur from allergies. ...more
Feb
18
2015
A wellness plan offers a way to prepay for pet health care services. Different than insurance, a wellness plan often requires a pet owner to sign a contract for a particular time period, usually 12 months. The pet owner then pays a monthly fee and receives a set of services that may include exams, laboratory tests, vaccinations, spaying or neutering, nail trims, deworming, heartworm testing, dental care, and others. Participants in pet wellness plans also often receive discounts on additional veterinary services. Several plans may be available based upon the type of pet you have and how old he or she is. There may also be different tiers or levels depending on the services bundled into the plan. For example, a “puppy plan” that includes spay/neuter, microchipping, and other services may be more expensive than an “adult dog plan” that doesn’t include these one-time services. In addition to the monthly fee, there is often a sign-up fee or one-time membership fee, which is paid up front. ...more
Feb
18
2015
Gary Riggs, DVM, spends most of his time working with exotic pets. So when it comes to advice on pocket pets—small animals such as guinea pigs, hamsters, mice, rats, gerbils, chinchillas, and sugar gliders—he’s a good person to ask. Riggs is a veterinarian at three Ohio clinics, NorthCoast Bird and Exotic Specialty Hospital, Barberton Veterinary Clinic, and The Animal Clinic of Wadsworth. ...more
Feb
12
2015
Have you ever noticed a groaning dog as he slowly struggles to stand after a nap? Or a cat who is no longer interested in boisterous physical activity? These could be signs of arthritis, which results in a deterioration of the cartilage (cushion) between the joints and bones, which results in pain and limited movement. But there are actions you can take to help prevent this degenerative joint disease and preserve your pet’s quality of life. ...more

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