Most pet owners have heard of heartworm, but few of us understand what it is and the danger it poses to our pets. In colder climates, such as here in Minnesota, heartworm just doesn’t seem like a big risk, causing many pet parents to put year-round parasite prevention on the back burner.
Fleas and ticks are one of the last things most of us want to think about, but these creepy-crawlies can pose some serious health risks to your pets. They’re more than just annoying—as it turns out, fleas, ticks, and the diseases they carry can be passed to the human members of the family as well.
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Similarly, pet dental care should be a regular part of your pet ownership responsibilities.
Most of us know that keeping our mouths clean and healthy is an important part of caring for ourselves. Chances are, you brush your teeth a few times daily and visit the dentist once or twice a year. Similarly, pet dental care should be a regular part of your pet ownership responsibilities.
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Most 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.
For many pet parents, celebrating the holidays with pets is one of the highlights of the season. Pets are like family, and it’s hard to imagine not including them in as many aspects of our revelry as possible.
Whether you are trying to find the perfect gift for Fido or are wondering how to keep Fluffy safe around all those decorations, we’ve got you covered with our simple guidelines for safe and fun holidays with pets.
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While it may not seem like rocket science to figure out what is an emergency and what isn’t, oftentimes things are not clear cut.
Next time you are wondering after hours if your pet’s problem can wait until the morning, take a look at our pet emergency reference guide to help decide if you need to seek immediate care.
Recognizing a Pet Emergency
All pet owners should know the deal breakers – those symptoms or situations that fall into the “do not pass go, do not collect $200” category. If your pet is exhibiting any of these symptoms or is affected by any of these conditions, urgent care is essential. Seek emergency care if your pet: Continue reading “Are You Having a Pet Emergency? How to Know When It Can’t Wait”
Examining your pet at home is a good way to catch problems early. This should not be used to replace your doctor visit, however, as your veterinarian has additional resources and training to evaluate your pet. Here are some tips to assist you in checking your pet over.
Starting at your pet’s head, check the eyes for any discharge, cloudiness, sensitivity or loss of vision.
Next, lift up the ear flaps, smell the ears and look for debris or what may appear as dirt in the ears or redness on the ear flaps or outer ear. Normal ears should be clean and free of odor, with no redness.
Lift the lips and check for tartar on all the teeth. There should not be an offensive odor from the mouth. Are the gums red? Any discharge coming from the teeth? Continue reading “How to check over your pet at home”