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Three Types Of Animal Identification

Last week several lost animals were brought into the clinic, so I thought I would re-run this article on animal identification.  It can be difficult to reunite lost pets with their owners especially with lack of identification.  Less than 50% of lost dogs and 20% of lost cats had any identification when they went missing. Only 4% of lost cats and 14% of lost dogs are reunited with their owners. Whereas, approximately 38% of lost cats and 52% of lost dogs with microchips are reunited with their owners.

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How To Recognize The Six Signs Of Fear In Dogs

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This week, I saw a video on Facebook of a rooster being “hypnotized” by a line drawn in the dirt close to his beak. It caused him to become completely immobile–but when the line was erased, the rooster immediately attacked the closest person, then ran away to the other side of the yard. My first reaction was to laugh. Honestly, seeing videos of grown men being flogged by an angry rooster is hilarious. After watching the video for a second time though, I realized something. The rooster wasn’t hypnotized. He was terrified. In one seemingly-funny video, I saw that rooster exhibit all three common responses to fear of a threat: freeze, fight, and flight. First, he was completely still. Because the perceived threat was very close to him, he essentially “played dead”. Once the threat was removed enough for him to feel like he had a fighting chance of survival, that’s just what he did—he attacked what he viewed as the source of danger. Then, he ran for safety.

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Orphaned Wildlife: What do I do now?

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Anyone who spends any time outside is eventually bound to come across what looks like orphaned wildlife. Bunnies, birds, and kittens are the most frequently found and are responsible for the majority of calls for help from veterinarians. People are unsure if they should touch the animal, fearing the scent of a human will cause the mother to reject the baby. People sometimes fear that if the orphaned wildlife was abandoned, it must have been kicked out by the mother because it is diseased or injured.

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Help Control The Pet Population Spay and Neuter Your Pets!

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Spring is the beginning of warmer weather and longer days.  Spring leads to blooming flowers, budding trees, and baby animals.  In fact, 70,000 puppies and kittens are born every day.   At this alarming rate, things can get out of hand rather quickly.  For instance, one intact female cat and all her offspring will produce 11,606,077 cats over nine years, and one intact female dog and all her offspring will produce 67,000 dogs over six years?  This week let’s talk all about spay and neuter.

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Beware Of Lethal Change In Rat Poison

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Due to a 2011 EPA regulation, household rat poisons such as d-CON are changing their active ingredient from a second- generation (long-acting) anticoagulant to a first-generation (short-acting) anticoagulant.  These changes are rolling out this year.  Because rat poison is one of the most common toxicities that we see in veterinary medicine, it’s important to understand the consequences this will have on your pet.

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5 Ways To Help Your Dog Enjoy Grooming

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As a professional groomer, I’m often faced with the challenge of having to soothe a dog who doesn’t enjoy the experience. While some dogs genuinely enjoy their spa day, there are many dogs who become anxious, frightened, or stressed when they visit. No matter how hard I try to make every dog’s experience a positive one, there’s only so much I can do during the actual grooming process to alleviate a dog’s stress. Believe me when I say that I want every dog to enjoy their grooming—a happy, relaxed dog is much, much easier to groom. I can speak gently, offer treats, give calming touches, and move slowly but if a dog is frightened or stressed past their threshold, none of these things makes a great deal of difference.

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If You Can Only Do One Thing For Your Puppy, Do This!

Acquiring a new puppy is a huge responsibility.  You are responsible for its health and well-being, so it’s important to understand what you need to provide.  Food, love, and training are important but giving your puppy vaccinations may make the difference between life and death.  The most important thing you can do for your puppy is vaccinating for Parvovirus. 

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Pet Safety Tips: Spring Forward and Stay Safe

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This weekend is a rite of passage. We set our clocks forward an hour and our season to spring. Any fear of oversleeping is quickly replaced with the extended sunlight at the end of our day and the promise of warmer weather. Spring cleaning, preparing gardens, sprucing up around the house, and thoughts of travel get us through the last few weeks of cold weather, but each one of those activities has hidden dangers for our pets. Learn some pet safety tips for this coming spring.

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How To Feed Your Kitten

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Getting a new kitten is so exciting and fun, but it’s also a lot of work.  Starting on the right foot is the key to a long happy relationship with your new best friend.  The key to raising a kitten is starting early and staying consistent with your techniques.  This week Dr. Anna Coffin will discuss how to feed your kitten.

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