A Gentle Approach to Pet Care: Announcing Our Fear Free Certification

Recently, our entire staff at The Bluffs Pet Clinic acquired our Fear Free certification, and we’re proud to tell you more about what this means and how it can help your pet!

There’s something about taking your pet to the vet (especially the family cat) that evokes trepidation. You may have lucked out with the most friendly, fearless dog or cat around, but for many pets, change – coupled with a new environment – can be scary.

Gone are the days when we just had to “grin and bear” the experience with our furry pals. Modern veterinary medicine is outpacing the ways we approach physical health and is now ahead of the curve when it comes to the emotional wellbeing of animals.

Recently, our entire staff at The Bluffs Pet Clinic acquired our Fear Free certification, and we’re proud to tell you more about what this means and how it can help your pet!

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Solving Your Pet Food Dilemma

Did you know that genetics, nutrition and care are the three factors that most impact your pet’s longevity? This and upcoming blogs will discuss those factors in detail. Today’s blog addresses nutrition.

Ever feel overwhelmed when you go to your grocer or pet store to buy food for Fido? It’s no wonder. Pet food brands and types have mushroomed as more people become pet owners. In fact, research shows that US pet ownership has grown by nine million in the past decade. Some 67 million households now include a pet. So it’s no surprise that more and more businesses want a piece of the pet-food pie. The question is, which foods are fad, and which foods are legitimate, and how do you know what to buy for your pet? Here are thoughts on how to best choose the right food for your pet.

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Celebrating a Year of Pet Health and Wellness with Our Top 5 Blogs

What a wonderful year it has been, but how did it go by so quickly?! Here at The Bluffs Pet Clinic, we had a great year of providing compassionate and comprehensive veterinary care to so many of our furry friends. We hope it has been an equally amazing year for all of our pet patients and their adoring families.

When we created our blog, our goal was to educate, enlighten, and entertain readers with information related to pet health and wellness. We understand that the measure of your pet’s optimal health relies on excellent at-home care, which is done through empowering pet owners like you!

Whether about enjoying the wonders of the great outdoors with your pet or more serious issues like heartworm, we have you covered right here in our very own blogs.

On that note, here are our top 5 blogs of 2017!

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Your Guide To The Purrr-fect Holiday Gifts For Pets

holiday giftsIt’s hard to imagine a holiday season without at least one or two gifts for the four-legged friends in your life! Whether you completed your holiday shopping back in August or are still struggling to figure out what to buy, our ideas for holiday gifts for pets can round out your list.

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The Weather is Frightful, So is the Food: Preventing a Pet Poisoning This Holiday Season

The holidays are all about families celebrating together. Tables overflowing with savory, decadent food, champagne glasses clinking, and abundant greenery adorning every surface and walkway. All of this sounds lovely, but when you add your pet to the mix, your sparkling holiday scene could turn into a disaster rather quickly. While there’s definitely room for concern, pet poisoning around the holidays can be prevented when you learn to recognize the common culprits.
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Hiking and Hunting with Pets

Before you pack a bag for the day and head out to the trail, be sure to brush up on these tips for hunting and hiking with pets.

hunting with petsThe weather is cooling down and it’s the perfect time to enjoy the great outdoors with your favorite furry friend. Before you pack a bag for the day and head out to the trail, be sure to brush up on these tips for hunting and hiking with pets.
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The Upshot of Pet Immunizations: All About Pet Vaccines

Thanks to significant advances in veterinary science and an increased understanding of animal behavior and welfare principles, pets are living longer and healthier lives than ever before. Part of their continued wellness is the prevention of communicable diseases through improved hygiene, preventive care, and of course, pet vaccines.
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Enjoying the Great Outdoors With Your Pet

outdoors with your petWith our plethora of beautiful lakes and Instagram-worthy natural areas, Minnesotans are no strangers to outdoor summer fun. For many, enjoying the great outdoors with your pet is a no-brainer. After all, Spot doesn’t want to spend all of his time inside when the call of the wild beckons.

From backyard barbecues to boating on the lake, we have all of the pet safety tips and summer care recommendations to ensure that everyone – two and four-legged alike – has the most amazing summer ever.

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The Principles of Summer Pet Care

summer pet careSummer may be halfway over, but the possibilities for fun with your pet are still endless…a game of fetch in Memorial Park, a hike along Barn Bluff Trail, or a trip to one of the many lakes in our area, for starters.

As fun as it is to enjoy the great outdoors with a pet, it’s important to keep in mind that too much time in the sun can pose a real danger to our four-legged friends. Practicing proper summer pet care is essential for an enjoyable and safe summer for your pet.

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Don’t Poison Your Pet With Mouse Poison This Summer…..Or Anytime

It’s summer, and whether you’re at home, the cabin or a resort, mouse and rat poisons are a lethal threat to your pets. Many people believe that it is ok to use as long as it is put out of reach of pets, but here’s why that’s a danger.

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