By Jessica Brody at ourbestfriends.pet
Photo credit by Unsplash
You love your dog, but you don’t love the mess that comes with fur, drool, and accidents, and spending a ton of money for professional cleaning isn't always an option. So, how can you make your home cleaner without breaking your budget? Here are some affordable tips for cleaning the most common messes that your dog may make.
This beautiful girl is named Tizie. Tizie is a one-year-old domestic shorthair that came to us earlier this summer for vomiting and not eating.
Sarah DeYoung, LVT, VTS (CP)
Sarah is our Head Technician at Schmitt's Animal Hospital and has earned her Veterinary Technician Specialty in Clinical Practice - Canine/Feline. Sarah and her family raise and train puppies for Paws with a Cause.
When I first told my husband that I wanted to raise a Paws with a Cause puppy, he said, "There's no way you'll be able to give it back." Well, almost 12 years and 4 foster puppies later I can say that it is possible. Paws with a Cause places custom trained assistance dogs in homes as service dogs, hearing dogs, seizure response dogs and for children with autism. When we picked up our first puppy, Sarge, I thought I knew a fair amount of puppy training because of my profession. I was wrong. During our first class outing to Costco I saw the older dogs and thought that there was no way I was going to be able to train our puppy to be that good! But he turned out great and went on to be a service dog in Louisiana.
We were lucky enough to enjoy some great weather for our summer staff party at Boulder Ridge Wild Animal Park! Thank you to Dr. Jones for allowing the staff and their families to come together in such a fun environment and celebrate all of our hard work!
By Jessica Brody at ourbestfriends.pet
The benefits of pet ownership are well documented. Pets can make people happier, promote exercise, teach responsibility, and provide unconditional love. But if you have never owned a pet before, the prospect of bringing home a new companion may seem intimidating. It doesn’t have to be.
We are very excited to have Cali joining our team as our newest Licensed Veterinary Technician! We are turning the spotlight on to her so that everyone gets a chance to know her better!
Hmmm...Skeeter was a bit of a naughty man. Skeeter's owners called us when they noticed this piece of bikini string hanging out of his rectum. At the time he was not straining to go to the bathroom, but they were unable to remove the string with gentle pressure. We advised his owners to not pull on the string and watch for it to pass within 12-24 hours, with the caveat that if he stopped eating, seemed uncomfortable, or if the string didn't pass, that we would need to see Skeeter for an exam. Two days passed without success, so they brought Skeeter in to be examined. Dr. Jones took x-rays and did a complete exam. The x-rays showed the string through his colon and Skeeter was painful with any gentle traction on the string.
Watch your gum! Sugar-free gum often contains xylitol because it tastes like sugar, reduces the formation of plaque, inhibits cavities, and stimulates the production of saliva. But xylitol is extremely toxic to dogs. Even small amounts can cause hypoglycemia (low blood sugar), seizures, liver failure, and even death. When dogs eat xylitol it is quickly absorbed in to their bloodstream resulting in a drastic release of insulin from the pancreas, which itself results in a rapid & drastic decrease in blood sugar within 10-60 minutes of ingestion. If you think your dog has ingested a xylitol containing product, it is important to act fast! Symptoms of xylitol toxicity usually develop 15-30 minutes post consumption and can include vomiting, weakness, ataxia, lethargy, tremors, seizures, and/or even coma.
It’s March—springtime is around the corner! Worms in your garden…and worms in your pet? Eeew! Hold on, let’s explain…
The worms you find in your garden mulch are not the same worms that cause heartworm disease in pets. Mosquitoes carry heartworms. And all it takes is one mosquito to bite your pet to become infected.
Any pet owner that has experienced a bleeding ear knows just how much a pain in the butt they can be. Such was the case with Murray, who gave his owners an eye opening insight into the world of ear injuries.
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