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Pets in Vehicles

On Wednesday, the temperature in Williston was 85 degrees so we decided to put the dog Life-Meter to the test!  We affixed the decal to the inside of a car window and waited one hour before returning to the parking lot see how high the internal temperature of the car was.  To our surprise the inside temp […]

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‘TIS THE SEASON…SANTA PAWS!

BY DR. GARRETT LEVIN, DVM, Diplomate ACVS The holiday season is upon us, and many pet parents plan to include their furry companions in the festivities.  As you gear up for the holidays, it is important to try to keep your pet’s eating and exercise habits as close to their normal routine as possible.  Also, […]

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Holiday Feast and Your Pets

BY Dr. Garrett Levin, DVM, Diplomate ACVS As the holiday season draws near, we look forward to celebrating with family and friends.  Our homes fill with the wonderful scents of indulgent food and treats.  As tasty as these foods are for us, they can be problematic for dogs. Dietary indiscretion describes gastrointestinal upset that occurs when […]

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Normal vitals for a dog

Our question this week was: What are the normal vitals for a dog? – Marie L. Answer Hi – thanks for your email. Great question. I’m glad you asked this. We have a great article on the site – I’ll include information from that article for you here. Normal vital signs for dogs are: Body […]

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7 Things You Can Do to Make Halloween Safer for Your Pet

Don’t feed your pets Halloween candy, especially if it contains chocolate or xylitol (a common sugar substitute found in sugar-free candies and gum); Make sure your pet is properly identified (microchip, collar and ID tag) in case s/he escapes through the open door while you’re distracted with trick-or-treaters; Keep lit candles and jack-o-lanterns out of […]

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Who’s in charge of your animal’s care while you’re away?

The reservations are made, the bags are packed, and you’re ready for your trip. If you’re not taking your animal(s) with you, who’s in charge of healthcare decisions while you’re away? Cell phones and computers have made it much easier to stay in touch and be contacted, but what if you can’t be reached in […]

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13 animal emergencies that should receive immediate veterinary consultation and/or care

Severe bleeding or bleeding that doesn’t stop within 5 minutes Choking, difficulty breathing or nonstop coughing and gagging Bleeding from nose, mouth, rectum, coughing up blood, or blood in urine Inability to urinate or pass feces (stool), or obvious pain associated with urinating or passing stool Injuries to your pet’s eye(s) You suspect or know […]

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Pets in Vehicles

Every year, hundreds of pets die from heat exhaustion because they are left in parked vehicles. We’ve heard the excuses: “Oh, it will just be a few minutes while I go into the store,” or “But I cracked the windows…” These excuses don’t amount to much if your pet becomes seriously ill or dies from […]

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The Dangers of Blue-Green Algae

It began as an innocent walk in the park: A 9-month-old, 60 lb. German Shepherd mix went out for a stroll with her owner before spending 30 minutes alone in the backyard. When the dog reentered the house, her owner noticed that her eyes were rolling back and that her gait was uncoordinated. She also […]

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Ten Most Common Pet Toxins of 2014

The ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center (APCC) in Urbana, IL., handled more than 167,000 calls involving pets exposed to possibly poisonous substances in 2014. Nearly 16% of those calls were from pet parents whose pets got into medicines intended for human use, putting this category at the top of the toxin list for the seventh year […]

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