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The 3 D’s of Dog Training

dog trainingBy Stefani Fortney, ABCDT       Over the past two decades, dog training techniques have gone through quite a period of flux. As scientific and psychological knowledge has increased, the methods used in dog training have become more refined. Still… every day, we’re faced with differing views on how to most effectively get the behaviors we want from our canine companions. The amount of knowledge that’s available via the internet, cable tv shows, books, infomercials, and the like can become confusing. It feels as if everyone has a different opinion or method for dog training. Continue…

Pet First Aid: They Have An App For That

pet first aidDo you know the early warning signs of a pet emergency?  Do you know what to do if you have a pet emergency?  Do you know the basics about pet first aid?  Do you have a pet first aid kit?  Do you know where to take your pet in case of an emergency?  Since April is Pet First Aid Awareness Month, Dr. Coffin has found an app that has the answers to all these questions. Continue…

Need Help Picking The Right Pet Food?

pet foodThere are so many pet food brands available that it can be hard to determine what to feed your pet.  The pet food industry is currently being flooded with marketing gimmicks to get you to purchase their food.  Don’t be fooled by all the cool words and attractive looking pet foods. Continue…

New Puppy 101: Puppy-Proofing Your Life

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So you got a new puppy…

You saw him at the animal shelter or online or in the newspaper or in front of your local Walmart—and you couldn’t resist bringing that new puppy home with you. He was adorable. There was no way to walk away without him. I understand. I, too, brought home a new puppy recently. With their cute, smooshy faces and their floppy-woppy ears and the puppy breath  (oh, help us all—THE PUPPY BREATH!), most of us will, at some point, end up bringing home a new puppy. Continue…

I Think My Pet Has Been Poisoned

poisonedEvery year thousands of pets are poisoned by accidental ingestion of household poisons.  March 20-26, 2016 is National Pet Poison Prevention Week.  Dr. Anna Coffin will discuss a general overview of pet poisoning so that you can be prepared. Continue…

Relay For Life: Why Do We Relay?

Relay for LifeWritten by Stacey Frazier

Why do you Relay? Every year we are asked that question, and every year we struggle to find a response that adequately answers it. There are so many answers- but at the heart of the matter, there is only one that makes sense. We participate in  Relay for Life because we can. We can when so many others cannot. Continue…

Disaster Planning For Your Pet

disaster planningTornadoes, wild fires, flash flooding and earthquakes are all natural disasters that occur on a frequent basis here in the United States.  Since March is Disaster Preparedness Month, Dr. Anna Coffin will discuss disaster planning for your pet. Continue…

Periodontal Disease: Tooth or Consequences

periodontal diseasePeriodontal disease is inflammation and infection of the tissues that surround the tooth.  If the tooth is told, this is the most common medical condition diagnosed by veterinarians.  80% of dogs and cats over the age of 3 have some form of periodontal disease.  The consequence of ignoring dental disease will lead to tooth loss and even organ damage. Continue…

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