The Safe Side: How to Prevent Antifreeze Poisoning in Pets

A poodle puppy playing in snow

Each season brings an array of unique hazards. Winter increases a pet’s risk of hypothermia, aching, arthritic joints, and frozen paw pads. Unfortunately, antifreeze is also highly toxic to pets. What’s worse, the smell and taste of antifreeze doesn’t warn them that it’s unsafe. Antifreeze poisoning in pets is a very real threat this time of year, and prevention is key.

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The Right Winter Gear for Pets Makes All the Difference

A chihuahua wearing a sweater.

Between sweaters, vests, booties, and parkas, there’s simply no shortage of excellent winter gear for pet options out there. Now, your pet may have a different opinion on the subject, but once they feel the warmth and comfort, they’ll want to wear it all season long. 

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How to Help a Dog With Arthritis

An old Golden Retriever stares into the sunset.

The body is pretty amazing, and it is incredible what it can do. Despite all of its abilities, though, it is not infallible. Time, general wear and tear, and injury can definitely affect performance. Osteoarthritis is a common diagnosis in our patients at The Bluffs Pet Clinic. It is also a diagnosis that, while not curable, has a wide variety of treatment options available. Treating arthritis in dogs does not have a one-size-fits-all prescription, but in most situations, our veterinarians can find some combination of treatment options to help all of our patients live happy and functional lives. 

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Pet Wellness Plans for Every Pet, Every Budget

A yorkie holding a sign that says "got insurance?"

A common barrier to routine veterinary care is financial. Added to this is the assumption that if a pet looks and behaves normally, they’re healthy. But in order for a pet to truly thrive and meet their healthiest potential, prevention is the key to success. Warding off contagious and/or preventable diseases, reducing the impact of external and internal parasites, and maintaining optimal weight are all part of our pet wellness plans. Designed to help owners achieve maximum pet wellness, these plans also promote fiscal responsibility. Win-win!

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Allergy Testing for Dogs Saves More than Time and Money

A brown dog scratching himself.

There’s nothing worse than being itchy, except perhaps being itchy and not knowing what’s causing dermatological distress. Atopic dermatitis, typically caused by inhaling certain allergens like dust, pollen, or mold, can be formally diagnosed with allergy testing. A major boon for itchy pets, allergy testing for dogs can lead to the development of an effective, long-lasting treatment plan. 

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Natural Pet Remedies That Really Work

Dog taking herbs for natural pain and anxiety relief.

Traditional veterinary medicine has elevated disease prevention, treatment, surgery, and pain management to benefit millions of companion animals. When paired with holistic veterinary medicine, pets can achieve whole-body health, vitality, and longevity. This integrative approach is becoming more mainstream, in part because of the myriad alternatives to prevent or soothe various illnesses/injuries. In response to the growing curiosity, we’d like to share a few effective natural pet remedies that can provide relief and support. 

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Drug Free Ways to Manage Chronic Pain in Your Pets

A dog with an ice pack.

There are a variety of conditions that can cause chronic pain in pets. It can be difficult to determine if your pet is in pain, however, as some are experts at hiding their discomfort. The veterinarians at The Bluffs Pet Clinic can help you determine if your pet is experiencing chronic pain and take a holistic approach to create an appropriate treatment plan to alleviate it.

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Best Practices For Puppy Proofing Your Home

A puppy covered in sofa stuffing

Are you the proud owner of a new puppy? Congratulations! Puppies are adorably cuddly, energetic, curious and tend to explore the world through their mouths, aka chewing everything in sight. When teething, chewing can be a self-soothing behavior. While chewing surfaces like wood or plastic may provide some temporary relief, it is important to ensure your puppy’s dental health and prevent gum injury or infection. 

You have to train a puppy on appropriate interaction within your home to make it a much more tolerable and enjoyable experience for everyone. The team at The Bluffs Pet Clinic has a few tips for keeping your pet safe (and you sane) as they explore their new homes.

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How to Care for a Differently-Abled Pet

A dog with one eye.

Our companion animals are living longer than ever before. This is obviously great news, but their longevity also increases the chances of chronic conditions, such as cognitive impairment, blindness, or deafness. In addition, many pets are either born with physical abnormalities that impact mobility, or are recovering from an illness or injury that resulted in a surgical amputation. Whatever the case may be, differently-abled pets are deserving of our love and protection. With certain considerations of their abilities, they can live long, healthy lives.

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Getting Started with Veterinary Herbal Therapy

A dog taking an herbal supplement from a dropper.

The Bluffs Pet Clinic knows that you want the best options when it comes to your pet’s health care. It is important to us to offer a range of care encompassing the best of both Eastern and Western veterinary medicine. 

Herbal treatment can be a great option for many of our patients but is not always familiar to pet owners. Read on to learn how veterinary herbal therapy can be used to help your pet.

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