The Link Between Pet Obesity and Exercise

With pet obesity numbers skyrocketing (over half of all cats and dogs!), it’s critical to not only measure precise meal portions, but to keep a daily exercise routine, as well.

pet obesityAnimals love to eat as much as we do. Some like to snack throughout the day – and relish every bite – while others enjoy scarfing down their meals in a single gulp (only to beg for more). Free-feeding doesn’t always result in an overweight pet, but when pets consume more calories than they need on a daily basis, weight gain is guaranteed. With pet obesity numbers skyrocketing (over half of all cats and dogs!), it’s critical to not only measure precise meal portions, but to keep a daily exercise routine, as well.

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So You Adopted a New Pet…Now What?

Adopted a New PetSharing your life with an animal is such a worthwhile experience, but bringing home a new pet is not without its challenges. First and foremost, pet owners must be able to responsibly provide for their new addition in every possible way. But don’t worry – preparing for and meeting the needs of your new pet can be fun!

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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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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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When Storms and Fireworks Cause Profound Pet Anxiety

pet anxietyIf you ask anyone living outside of Minnesota about our seasons, they may mention the one season we’re famous for – an extremely long winter. All kidding aside, we do have a full four seasons with temperature extremes during both the winter and summer. Instead of bitter cold and snow, however, we tend to face high heat and humidity between Memorial Day and Labor Day.
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How to Ensure a Great Vacation For You and Your Dog

Here comes summer and road trips with your dog. Taking Fido on vacation can be fun for the family and your dog, if you plan with care, and always keep your dog’s best interests in mind.

 

Here’s a collection of vital tips to ensure your dog is safe and enjoys the trip as much as you do.

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How to De-Stress Your Pet’s Visit to the Clinic

It’s no secret. Some pets dread visiting the veterinarian. That means high-anxiety time for pets and their owners. Fortunately, there are tricks, techniques and products for both dogs and cats that dramatically reduce that stress-or eliminate it altogether.

Some pets seem to have antennae that warn them when they’re approaching the vet clinic. They know…and they’re not happy about it. Here are a few ways to change your pet’s mindset.

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For Lifelong Health, Put Pet Wellness First

istock-525497677Most pet owners see their pets as bona fide members of the family – a perception that, fortunately, leads to providing them with the best possible care. Undoubtedly, this means seeking out veterinary care when it’s needed the most. But there’s more to pet wellness than just the necessary vaccinations and young pet examinations.

Your pet deserves lasting health, a goal easily supported by routine screenings and disease prevention.

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