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    Best Flea and Tick Prevention for Dogs

    Here in the northeast, as temperatures begin to drop, fleas and ticks are out with a vengeance. These nasty critters are eager to jump on our dog, avoid the cooler weather, and take a nice long blood meal inside your home. Gross. Fun Facts If you read our cat parasite prevention post, you know that: Frozen temperatures and ground do not kill ticks! They become dormant in freezing weather. Cooler weather does not kill fleas; it just slows their lifecycle. The change from summer to fall is actually the MOST COMMON time of year for your pet to get fleas, as these critters are looking to get away from cooler…

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    Let’s talk about parasite prevention for cats.

    Types of Parasites Cats may get both internal and external parasites. Internal parasites include heartworms and intestinal parasites like roundworms and hookworms. Common external parasites include fleas, ticks, and ear mites. Indoor versus Outdoor Whether your cat is indoor, outdoor, or both, it is susceptible to parasites. Outdoor cats are at the highest risk. Mosquitoes, fleas, and ticks are looking to feed on your cat all year. Rodents are also a common source of intestinal parasites. If your cat hunts, it is at risk. While indoor cats have a slightly lower risk, parasites are still a threat. Have you ever had a mosquito inside your home? Found a tick on…

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    Pet Math: Litter boxes

    Cats have a reputation for being finicky… especially when it comes to litter boxes. Don’t stress over litter box style, location, and choice of litter. Start simple with some pet math to keep your cat’s bladder happy and colon comfortable! How many litter boxes do I need? Count your cats. (If you have more cats than fingers, we might need to have a serious talk). Add ONE. This is the minimum number of litter boxes you need for your cat(s). Why? Have you ever been irritated when someone left the seat up? When there was a gross drop of urine somewhere? Only one square of toilet paper left? When the…

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    Anesthesia-free dentals: Just say no!

    I lie there, my mouth sort of open, pupils dilated, and heart racing. I saw the sharp, shiny, pointy metal scaler coming toward my teeth. I didn’t make any noise or move a muscle. I was too scared. I was also in some sort of mixed martial arts type of hold, and there was no referee to stop the fight. For the next 30 minutes, I let them poke and prod, my gums becoming sore and the scraping and squealing sounds bothering my ears. Does this sound like a preview for a horror movie or a bad childhood experience at the dentist? Nope, just the makings of an anesthesia-free dental…

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    Saving Money at the Vet

    Do you want to save money at the vet? Of course! Don’t we all? Veterinary care can be expensive, and with good reason. The last few decades have seen amazing advancements in veterinary medicine. We can now transplant kidneys, replace complete hips, and implant pacemakers. While this is great news for our pets, it can be difficult to afford even the basics of pet care sometimes.  Hopefully, you are able to bring your pet to the veterinarian once a year or more for a checkup. The physical exam is one of the most important tools to help make sure our pets are healthy and catch problems early! Vaccines are also…

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    Know before you go… Ask when you arrive.

    Ever wish vet visits were easier? Now, more than ever, especially with curbside service and social distancing, it can feel like communicating with the vet team is a challenge. We often don’t have the benefit of face to face conversations, and when we do, we can barely read facial expressions beneath a mask. Even though vet appointments tend to be the same length, they can feel more rushed because of the need for multiple curbside phone calls or a hurry to sanitize exam rooms between patients and clients.  My husband and I recently took Taco for his annual checkup. Even with a curbside service and a socially distanced appointment, we…

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    Pet Insurance – Do you need it?

    He ate glass. Yes, that’s right; I said he ate glass! If I’m telling the story accurately, all three of them (Taco, Scout, and Marcy) ate glass, actually. Eternal thanks to Orville for refraining! When I received the call from my husband, he had come home to a kitchen floor covered in shards of glass and dry cat food. We call those “crunchies” in our house (the food, not the glass). Someone (don’t automatically blame the man, but it was the man), accidentally left the lid of our large glass cat food jar off. We suspect that Scout and Marcy nudged and head-butted the jar enough to make it fall…