Archives: General Care

  • What to Know About Grain-Free Dog Food

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    You’ve probably heard about grain-free or gluten-free products over the past few years. They’ve gained a lot of popularity recently, and grain-free products have found their way into the pet food world, too. But is a grain-free diet right for your dog? Let’s take a closer look at what grain-free means and whether or not it’s the right choice for your pet.  What is grain-free dog food?  Grain-free dog food is just what it sounds … Read More »

  • Celebrating the Sheltie

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    Did you know that today, June 1st, is International Sheltie Day? Shelties are really cute pups, and they deserve a day in the Spotlight. They are descended from the Rough Collie, and originated from the Shetland Isles, which are also known for being the home of the adorable Shetland pony. A local veterinarian discusses the Sheltie in this article. Basics The Sheltie belongs to the AKC Herding Group. Like the other herding dogs, the Sheltie … Read More »

  • Help! My Dog Won’t Stop Sneezing

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    Just like you, your dog sneezes sometimes. Most often, it’s simply because small particles of dust, dirt, grass, or other materials make their way into the nasal passages—your dog uses their nose to explore the world, after all. But what happens if your dog sneezes frequently, or won’t stop sneezing? Here are some of the most common reasons that dogs sneeze:  Play Sneezing Did you know that most dogs sneeze when they’re playing? Whether your … Read More »

  • 4 Steps to Protect Your Pet Against Rabies

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    The word “rabies” tends to conjure up some frightening images in the mind’s eye. Rabies is a zoonotic disease, meaning that it can be transmitted from animals to humans. That makes it particularly dangerous. Luckily, rabies has been all but eliminated in the United States, and many other parts of the world, because of modern vaccination and wild animal control measures. Even so, you’ll still need to take the proper precautions to make sure your … Read More »

  • Professional Pet Sitters Week

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    The first week of March is International Pet Sitters Week! This event was founded by PSI, the world’s biggest professional pet sitters organization. While your faithful dog would love to go everywhere with you, that just isn’t always possible. And, while many people have been working from home this year, there are still times that people need to leave their pups in the care of others. A local vet discusses pet sitting below. Benefits of … Read More »

  • Understanding the Puppy Teething Process

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    Aside from protecting the sofa legs from your puppy’s incessant chewing, there’s not a whole lot to do while your new pet is going through the teething process. Knowing the details of teething is a good idea, though. That way, you know what your puppy is going through and when, and you can let your vet know right away if something seems amiss.  Newborn Puppies Just like human babies, puppies are born with no teeth. … Read More »

  • DIY Things Your Kids Can Make for Fido

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    As the holidays approach, many people are busy picking out gifts for their loved ones. Of course, many people also have their young ones at home this year. Our canine patients are thrilled about this. Why not have the kids make something for Fido? A local vet offers some suggestions in this article. Treats If there’s one thing that is appropriate for dogs of all shapes, sizes, and colors, it’s snacks. Have the kids do … Read More »

  • All About Your Cat’s Whiskers

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    Cats come in all sorts of shapes and sizes, but whiskers are one thing that every cat has in common. They’re much more than decorative long hairs sprouting from Fluffy’s snout, too—your pet’s whiskers are essential for all sorts of daily functions. Read on as your local veterinarian tells you more about these important sensory tools.   Whiskers Help Your Cat Navigate Her Environment Your cat’s whiskers are rooted more deeply into the skin than her … Read More »

  • Is Fido Color Blind? Understanding Your Dog’s Eyesight

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    One of the best parts of dog ownership is seeing your canine friend stare up at you lovingly, waiting patiently for a belly rub or a treat. Have you ever wondered exactly how they see you? Your dog’s eyesight is different than your own—better in some ways and worse in others. But do dogs see entirely in black and white, or do they perceive color in some way? Are Dogs Color Blind? One of the … Read More »

  • Tips for Playing With Your Cat

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    Is your feline friend still frisky or playful? Or has Fluffy become a couch potato who only occasionally takes a half-hearted swipe at a catnip mouse? Regardless of which category your pet falls into, playing will be beneficial for her, both mentally and physically. It will also strengthen that special bond between you, by making her feel loved. (Plus, it’s really cute to watch.) Read on as a local Shawnee, KS vet offers some tips … Read More »