Recommendations for Protecting Your Pets From Fleas & Ticks

Spring has finally returned, but, unfortunately, that means that so have the fleas and ticks. As flea and tick treatments are always evolving, our own Dr. Darlene Cook, DVM, CVA wanted to share with you her current recommendations for flea and tick prevention for your pets. While we do recommend your pets be on monthly preventatives year-round Doctor Cook also includes some recommendations for those who use spring through autumn prevention.

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Perfect Match: The Most Popular Pet Breeds for You

A dog with an "adopt me" sign around its neck.

It’s not uncommon for pet owners to find themselves drawn to a specific dog or cat breed simply because of looks. Without a doubt, a pet’s appearance goes a long way. Personality, or temperament, age, and activity level are equally as important (if not more) than looks. When deciding on a breed, prospective pet owners must choose wisely. 

You may have your eye on a specific breed, but how do you know if that breed is right for you? The most popular pet breeds have a lot to offer, and we can help you determine compatibility. 

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How to Be Prepared for a Pet Emergency with Pet First Aid

A dog next to a first-aid kit.
Australian shepherd puppy with first aid kit isolated

Most of us don’t want to ever consider an emergency situation with our precious pets, but the fact is, most pets will have some kind of emergency in their lifetime. As a responsible pet owner, though, it is essential to recognize the signs of a veterinary emergency and discern whether it is something minor that can be treated at home or something that needs immediate medical attention. This knowledge is key in getting your pet the help they need quickly when necessary.

Since there are some questions and confusion around pet first aid, the team at The Bluffs Pet Clinic is here to help you always be prepared:

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Don’t Eat That! Pet Poison Prevention Tips To Keep Your Pets Healthy and Happy

Two dogs look up at their owner as she washes dishes.

It is impossible to watch your pet every second of the day, and sometimes our furry family members can get into food, plants, or household items that could be dangerous to their health. 

The team at The Bluffs Pet Clinic wants to help you understand more about what is considered toxic for your animals so you can master pet poison prevention in your home and avoid an unfortunate accident.

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The Gift That Keeps On Giving: Dog Training and Socialization Techniques

When we like what other people do, we show our appreciation by giving high fives, clapping, cheering, and offering compliments. Because of this, we learn to repeat whatever we did to earn more positive feedback. Perhaps unsurprisingly, dogs are quite similar. When they receive opportunities to earn rewards and praise, they are likely to repeat good behavior. 

Dog training doesn’t happen by accident or overnight. With consistency, control, and patience, dogs can learn their place in the household while pleasing their owners.

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Senior Pet Wellness: Keeping Your Pet Vibrant and Healthy Through the Years

As a pet ages, they are more susceptible to certain conditions and diseases, but that doesn’t have to be the case. In fact, with proper veterinary care, good nutrition, ample exercise, and maintaining a healthy weight, many pets live out their Golden Years with excellent health. 

Treating your older pet requires a big measure of preventive care. This includes diagnostic and lab testing and more frequent examinations. Your friends at The Bluffs Pet Clinic want to help you keep your older four-legged friends going strong through senior pet wellness care. Continue…

The Finest Hour: Kitten and Puppy Care at Its Best

A dog sniffs a stethoscope. Have pictures and videos of really cute puppies and kittens been flooding your feed lately? Or have you taken it one step further over the past several weeks or months and adopted a four-legged angel of your own? Perhaps due to our increased time at home right now, or the need for a little emotional support, young pets are making a huge impact on folks of all ages. 

Kitten and puppy care is definitely rewarding, but it’s not always easy or straightforward. Luckily, we’ve got some tips to make your journey through animal infancy as enjoyable as possible.  Continue…

The Right Stuff: Pet Home Dental Care

We brush our teeth twice a day, and the results of those efforts are definitely noticeable. Most of us wouldn’t dream of going an entire day (not to mention weeks, months, or years) without brushing, and we also benefit from regular cleanings, x-rays, and exams.

The same could be said for the benefits of dental care for our pets. And although applying these same principals to your pet could seem challenging at first, the health benefits to them are nothing short of astounding. 

With that in mind, The Bluffs Pet Clinic takes a deeper look into why pet home dental care is so important. Continue…

At The Bluffs Vet Clinic of Red Wing, We Salute our Top 5 Pet Care Blogs of 2019

As you move through the ups and downs of pet ownership, we strive to provide you with monthly pet care blogs that answer questions or address concerns. From pet care blogs about behavior, contagious diseases, or general lifestyle topics, our goal is to share our knowledge, raise awareness, and inspire the best possible care at home. 

Throughout the year, we can gauge what topics resonate with our online readers. With each click, share, and scroll we can measure whether or not you liked our pet care blogs. Similarly, we are able to use this information and pivot in other directions that may prove extra relevant to you and your pet care needs. Continue…

Winter Activities for Pets to Keep Them (and You) Moving

The long months of winter can have most of us wanting to curl up on the couch. Add to that the busyness of the holidays, frequent travel, and inclement weather, and keeping up with your pet’s exercise needs can be a challenge.

Thankfully your friends at The Bluffs Pet Clinic have some fun, exciting, and easy winter activities for your pet that will have you both up and moving. Let’s take a look at some of our favorite winter activities for pets – and you, too! Continue…