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Dog Nail Trimming: 3 Tips For A Stress-free Clip

dog nail trimmingIn all my years of experience with grooming, training, and rescuing dogs, I’ve learned that almost nothing causes as much stress for dogs and their owners as dog nail trimming. Dogs who are otherwise sweet and cuddly suddenly turn into snapping, screeching panic-monsters. Owners who love their dogs are afraid to do their nails out of fear that they may hurt their pup—or that, in panic, their dog may hurt them. As a groomer, I’ve trimmed more toenails than you could imagine… and I’ve experienced the full spectrum of reactions from the dogs I work with.  Today, I’ll share a few tips to help both you and your dog become more comfortable with the process of dog nail trimming. Continue…

Living With A Senior Cat: Sylvie’s Story

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Sylvie sleeping in the window

Many of you know our senior cat, Sylvie.  Sylvie loves to play, she is curious about new objects and loves people, kids, dogs and even other cats.  She reigns the entire clinic with her iron claw and melts the heart of anyone she meets.  This year she turned 14, and a few months ago she stopped doing all these things.  Sylvie was losing weight, sleeping more, and not interacting with people and objects like she normally does.  The entire clinic and many of our clients were concerned about her well-being. Continue…

Adventure Cat: The Art Of Feline Hiking

adventure catTrail hikes and sidewalk strolls have long been the exclusive domain of owners and dogs. Not anymore! There has been an increase in interest in cat owners taking their friends out for adventures lately, which has led to the creation of a group of Adventure Cat. These cats have been acclimated to harness, lead, and backpack excursions with their owners. From casual strolls through town hiking the Appalachian Trail these cats have become almost commonplace on many local paths. Continue…

Answers to FAQs about dog grooming

dog groomingI spend every day working with dogs. When I tell people this, they usually say something about how great it must be to get to snuggle and play with dogs for a living. While it is a great job to have, it’s also a hard job. It’s dirty, loud, and physically demanding. It can be frustrating. Today, I’m here to give you answers to the most common questions I hear from clients about dog grooming. Continue…

Diabetes In Cats: How To Recognize And Treat

diabetes in catsNovember is Diabetes Awareness Month.  The signs and treatment are very similar in dogs and cats, but this week Dr. Anna Coffin will concentrate on diabetes in cats.  The major difference between dog and cat diabetes is that cat diabetes if treated properly and quickly; cats can go into remission. Continue…

Hair’s the Deal: Managing Cat Hair in Your Home

hairAll cats shed. All of them. Even the “hairless” variety, which has a barely-there downy fuzz. Shedding is part of a healthy coat in any cat. The hair grows to a certain length, dies, then falls out.  Long haired cats shed longer hairs, which makes it seem like a LOT more hair, short-haired cats shed shorter hair, which makes it seem less. If you have a cat, you will have to deal with shed. Period. Continue…

How To Recognize and Treat Pet Anxiety

pet anxietyA new movement is sweeping through veterinary medicine focusing on reducing pet anxiety and fear.  It’s called the Fear Free Initiative, and veterinary professionals are trying to help pet parents recognize and treat fear, anxiety, and stress in their pets. Continue…

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