What Do I Do If My Dog Can’t Poop?

What Do I Do If My Dog Can’t Poop

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If constipation is, knowing that your dog is uncomfortable makes for a bummer of a day. So, what can you do if your best friend is struggling or unable to go to the bathroom? While there’s no magic cure to make your pup poop, here are a few tips to (hopefully) get them back on a regular potty track.

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What Vaccines Does My Outdoor Cat Need?

What Vaccines Does My Outdoor Cat Need?

The dreaded postcard just showed up in the mail—you know, the one from your veterinarian with all of the abbreviations of shots that your cat is due for.

It’s telling you that it’s time to load your cat up in the carrier, listen to 20 minutes of meowing in the car, endure waiting in the lobby with a large, panting German Shepard, and finally, be asked by the receptionist which vaccines your cat is here for today!

Veterinary visits don’t have to be that hard. There isn’t much I can do to help you with the meowing in the car, but I can demystify the abbreviations on the postcard and let you know which vaccines your outdoor kitty should be getting.

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The Importance of Grooming Your Pet

The Importance of Grooming Your Pet

Sure, brushing your pet’s hair and cleaning his teeth regularly will help him look his best, but it’s also important for his health. Here, a guide to help you get started. A good brushing and teeth cleaning can do your pet a world of good! Grooming provides you a chance to go over your pet’s coat with a fine-tooth comb—or brush—to help you keep track of subtle changes in your pet’s skin. What’s more, regular nail clippings and teeth cleanings can prevent a number of unpleasant health problems.

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Keeping Your Pets Cool in Hot Weather

Keeping Your Pets Cool in Hot Weather

Summer weather is one of the best times to get outside and be active with your furry friend. However, you should keep in mind that your pet reacts differently to heat than you do. Here are some things to keep an eye out for during hot weather:

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9 Secrets to Keeping Your Indoor Cat Happy

Cat Vaccine Recommendations

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“What vaccines should my cat get?” This is a question veterinarians hear on a fairly regular basis. Because of advances in science and vaccine technology, and a growing body of information about infectious diseases, the answer you may have gotten 15 years ago is different from the answer you will get today.

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Foreign Body Surgery

Foreign Body Surgery

  • A foreign body surgery is a procedure to remove an object from a pet’s digestive tract that will not pass through on its own. Diagnosis of a foreign body is usually made by physical examination and radiographs (X-rays).
  • This is typically an emergency procedure that must be performed before injury occurs to the esophagus, stomach, or intestines.

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Is Your Dog Stressed? Watch for These Signs

Is Your Dog Stressed? Watch for These Signs

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Is your dog feeling anxious? Stressed? Worried? You may think he can’t tell you if he is, but he often will, in nonverbal ways. Your dog communicates his emotional state through his body language and behavior. Decoding these cues is mostly a matter of knowing what to look for.

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Helping Your Itchy Pet

Helping Your Itchy Pet

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If your pet is forever scratching himself, he’s may be dealing with fleas, allergies or another medical problem. Here’s what you can do to help.

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Things That Bite and Sting: Beware the Insects of Summer

Things That Bite and Sting: Beware the Insects of Summer

By DR. TINA WISMER DVM, DABVT, DABT | Article Featured on Vetstreet.com

Summertime means picnics and outdoor living… as well as bees, wasps, hornets, fire ants and other biting, stinging bugs that can make life miserable.

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7 Things to Consider When Hiring a Pet Sitter

7 Things to Consider When Hiring a Pet Sitter

By Shayna Meliker | Article Featured on Vetstreet.com

Picking a pet sitter isn’t a decision you should take lightly — but we’re sure we don’t need to tell you that! We bet you’ve already put more thought into who will be caring for your beloved cat or dog than you did into which hotels you booked or which car you rented for your trip.

So don’t fret! We’re here to help you through the process of finding a pet sitter who’s right for you and your pet. We’ll review where to start your search, which questions you should ask and how to make arrangements for anxious or special-needs pets.

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