Archives: General Health

  • Heartworm Basics for Dog Owners

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    If you own a dog, it’s important that you keep him or her protected against dangerous pests. Heartworm is one of the most hazardous and common pests out there! Learn more about heartworm symptoms, treatment, and prevention in this article from a Shawnee, KS vet. How Do Dogs Get Heartworm? Mosquitoes pick up an immature form of heartworms, called microfilariae, when they bite an animal that is already infested. Inside the mosquito, the microfilariae develop … Read More »

  • External Parasites That Harm Cats

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    If you own a cat, proper parasite control is important not only for your feline friend’s health, but for your family’s—some of these pests can be transmitted from cats to humans! External parasites live on your cat’s body and feed off of blood or tissue. Below, learn more about external pests and how to keep your cat safe from harm. Fleas Fleas are tiny brown-colored parasites that cause skin irritation, allergies, and even more serious … Read More »

  • Caring For Your Pet as They Age

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    While the exact age that your pet is considered “old” can vary depending on species, size, and breed, one thing is for sure: our animal companions need our love and care as they get older! As your pet enters their senior years, there are several things you can do to make sure that they stay happy and healthy. Frequent Veterinary Visits One of the best ways to make sure your senior pet stays in good … Read More »

  • Key Vaccinations for Dogs

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    One very important part of dog ownership is making sure your dog stays up to date on his vaccinations. This is actually required by law in many places, and with good reason. Vaccinations help build your pup’s immune system, protecting him from dangerous and deadly diseases. They also help curb the spread of infectious disease. Because some diseases—such as rabies—can be transmitted to people, human safety is also a factor. In this article, a vet … Read More »

  • All About Antibiotics for Pets

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    Human patients commonly use antibiotics to treat bacterial infections. Did you know that antibiotics are also very commonly prescribed to pets? They’re essential for helping pets with infections make full recoveries! Here’s everything you need to know about antibiotics for pets: What Do Antibiotics Treat? Antibiotics kill bacteria—not viruses—in or on the body. Antibiotics will never be prescribed to fight viral infections directly, although antibiotics could be used to treat a pet suffering from a … Read More »

  • Tips on Traveling By Air With Your Pet

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    Traveling with a pet can be tricky. It’s all the more complicated if you’re traveling by air! You may have even heard horror stories of pets getting put on the wrong plane, or being injured or worse during flights. If you decide to transport your companion via an airline, there are a few tips to follow to make sure things go as smoothly as possible. Learn more below: Visit the Vet Before you even book … Read More »

  • Cold-Weather Clothing for Your Dog

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    When the temperatures drop and snow and ice start to appear outside, it’s important to keep your dog’s well-being in mind. For many dogs, winter clothing can help them stay comfortable throughout the cold season! Learn more about cold-weather clothing for dogs in this article from your veterinary professional. Does My Dog Need Winter Clothing? Many dogs will benefit from a layer of clothing in the wintertime, especially when they head outdoors. For dogs with … Read More »

  • 5 Health Benefits of Owning Pets

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    Pets provide years of unconditional love, loyalty, and companionship. Did you know that owning a pet can also improve your personal health? There are multiple ways that pets are good for us, both physically and mentally! Learn more below from your veterinarian. Lowered Stress Levels Did you know that people who own pets tend to be less stressed than those who don’t? This may be because of pets’ unique capacity for constant, unwavering companionship—the value … Read More »

  • Taking Good Care of Your Cat’s Skin

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    Skin problems are relatively common among our feline friends. Fortunately, there are a few things you can do to keep your cat’s skin in good shape throughout your pet’s life. That means a pristine coat of fur and a happy, healthy pet! Here are five quick tips for taking good care of your cat’s skin: Weekly Inspection Sit down with your cat about once a week to give her coat and skin a thorough inspection. … Read More »

  • Beware of Summertime Pests

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    An important part of keeping your pet safe in the warmer months is pest prevention—summer is prime-time for infections and infestations caused by parasites and other unsightly critters! Is your pet ready to face the challenge? Read on to learn more about summertime pests and how to help your pet avoid the danger. Fleas Fleas are one of the most common pet pests this time of year. A flea infestation can be time-consuming and troublesome … Read More »