halloween safety tips

Halloween Safety Tips

By Dr. Bruce Little Halloween is almost here! While Halloween is a joyous and thrilling time of year for us, it can create a lot of stress and anxiety for our pets. The constant doorbell ringing and strangely dressed people, with lots of scary costumes and elevated and unusual noises, can stress out many dogs and…

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Anxiety in Dogs and Cats

By Dr. Bruce Little Fear and anxiety in pets can come from many different sources. Pets can become fearful of people, sounds, sights, and other pets, either within your home or out in public. The cause can usually can be traced back to inadequate handling and exposure during the first few months of their lives….

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What Are Veterinary Technicians?

Next week, October 14-20, is National Veterinary Technician Week! Veterinary technicians are the people in scrubs who assist veterinarians while maintaining the well-being of the patients. They have a demanding job that requires a lot of versatility. Some of their duties include, but are not limited to: Initial exam of an animal to determine the…

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What Are Bearded Dragons?

The Bearded Dragon is like a primeval character that would be a welcome pet for any “Game of Thrones” fan. This friendly Australian lizard has a gentle nature, and his spiky skin is quite soft. Bearded dragons are easy to keep, because they like a wide variety of foods and they remain small in size….

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What Are Munchkin Cats?

With its short legs and whimsical nature, the Munchkin cat is like a living cartoon. You’ve likely seen pictures of them on social media. These cats tend to generate a universal “awwwww!” response. Here are some fun facts about this breed: Their short legs are their most distinguishing feature. Although the Munchkin’s legs are approximately…

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Fun Facts About Horse Racing

Horse racing is known as the “sport of kings.” If you’re not familiar with the sport, or only associate it with hats and mint juleps, here are some fun facts: Spending the day at the racetrack means dressing up. A few racetracks have a strict dress code. Others allow you to dress casually in jeans…

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Is My Pet Overweight?

By Dr. Bruce Little Beginning in the 1990’s, it became obvious that an increasing number of dogs and cats were overweight or downright obese. Veterinarians began to diagnose this malady and to instruct pet owners that they needed to address the weight problem in their pets before the excess began to take its toll on…

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Benefits of Dog Parks

Dog parks are great, because dog owners can take their dogs and let them run around off leash in the company of other dogs. These parks can be beneficial to both pets and their owners. Dogs need exercise to stay healthy, happy, and also out of trouble! If your dog likes other dogs, is social…

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What Are Maine Coon Cats?

Sweet, gentle, and good-natured: all adjectives used to describe Maine Coon cats. Maine Coons are known as the “gentle giants” or the “dogs of the cat world” because of their playful personalities and large size. Plus, Maine Coons display the dog-like trait of loyalty to their family. They will bond with all family members, but…

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Pet Safety for Fall Months

By Dr. Bruce Little Labor Day is over, which means fall is almost upon us. It might be beneficial to review some precautions pet owners should take as we head into this next season.  If you haven’t already done so, get your pets vaccinated for rabies and other communicable diseases. Thursday, September 28 is World…

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Playing Games with Cats

Many cats enjoy watching out of windows or taking naps. But it doesn’t mean that they don’t need exercise. Your cat needs to be physically and mentally stimulated and would love to spend time playing with you. But playing games with cats isn’t just about fun. For a cat in the wild, playing is an…

Bengal cat

What Are Bengal Cats?

Ever want a wildcat as a pet? The Bengal cat is a cross between the wild Asian Leopard and the domestic shorthair. Bengal cats can weigh from eight to fifteen pounds. They have long, muscular bodies with broad muzzles and heads. Their whisker pads are pronounced, and they have high cheekbones. The have small, rounded…

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10 Dog Breeds That Don’t Shed

Even though we might dream of a dog that won’t leave a trail of hair on furniture and clothes, there’s no such thing as a truly non-shedding or hypoallergenic dog. All mammals shed hair.  If allergies are a concern, it isn’t the hair that is the problem, but rather the dander and saliva from the…

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Protect Pets from Wildfire Smoke

By Dr. Bruce Little With the ever-expanding incidence of wildfires across much of the western portion of the United States, it’s a good idea to review actions that can be taken to protect pets from smoke and debris. All pet owners should prepare an Emergency Preparation and Evacuation Plan before disaster strikes. That plan should…

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Fun Facts About Show Dogs

You’ve watched the Westminster dog show and wondered what all the hype is about. Or perhaps you want a show dog but don’t know the first thing about finding one. Or maybe you’ve laughed at the movie Best in Show and wanted to know more. Whatever the case, here are some interesting facts about show…

Tanimbar corella cockatoos

Fun Facts about Cockatoos

Cockatoos are one of the more popular types of birds to keep as pets. They generally have white feathers but some have black, grey, or pink feathers as well. Some species that are the most popular are Tanimbar corella, the Moluccan cockatoo, red-vented cockatoo, yellow-crested cockatoo, and palm cockatoo. Favored subspecies are the white cockatoo…

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Caring for Dogs: A Guide

When thinking about adopting a dog or puppy, there’s more to it than just choosing the one you like the best — even though that’s important too! Consider the care, time, training, veterinary needs, vaccinations, and microchipping. Put some time into thinking about how you’ll welcome your new family member. In this article you’ll find…

From the Vet: Biggest Pet Peeves

Like anyone, veterinarians have challenges in their profession. It’s not always cute puppies and kittens! In fact, veterinary medicine, while largely rewarding, can be a stressful field. Oftentimes, pet owners will cause issues for veterinarians, and get in the way of their pets’ care. We asked our veterinary adviser, Dr. Bruce Little, DVM, what his…

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4 Reasons to Keep Chickens

Chickens aren’t typically first on the list when it comes to pets. You might not even consider them at all! But keeping them can be just as rewarding as having a dog or cat. Chickens are also a good way to enhance sustainable living. Plus, they’re relatively low-maintenance, once you have them set up in…

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Plants That Are Poisonous to Pets

Houseplants help make a home more inviting and warm. However, if you have a dog or cat as well, be aware that they may chew on them, and some houseplants are extremely toxic to pets. While most plant toxins can create stomach upset, some are life-threatening. There are few things as upsetting as having your…