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Dog Flu: Is Your Dog At Risk?

dog fluThe dog flu, also known as Canine Influenza, reached the United States in 2004.  It began as the H3N8 virus at a Greyhound race track in Florida.  Since 2007, the virus has rapidly spread across the United States and mutated into the H3N2 virus.  The dog flu has currently been detected in every continental state except for one.  Learn if your dog is at risk for contracting the dog flu and how to protect your dog. Continue…

Seven Common Microchip Myths Resolved

microchipA microchip can be the saving grace in returning your lost pet.  Permanent visible identification such as a collar with tags will return your pet home faster, however, these items can be lost.  Dr. Anna Coffin will identify some common microchip myths and solve them for you this week. Continue…

How To Choose The Right Pet Insurance

pet insuranceDo you have a medical insurance provider for your pet?  If no, why not?  The cost of veterinary care often prohibits people from seeking veterinary care right away or declining appropriate care due to financial restraints.  Dr. Anna Coffin hopes after reading this article you will purchase a pet insurance policy. Continue…

Planned Puppyhood: Preparing For A Puppy

Preparing for a puppy“Can we keep him?”  We’ve all heard it (or said it) before. Somehow, we’ve been exposed to the cutest puppy who has ever lived. We went to an animal shelter or rescue. We saw a stray by the road. We met a new friend who happened to have a litter of ten puppies who needed homes. No matter how it happens, once you’re caught by the puppy forcefield, there’s no escape. The puppy will be yours.  Learn from Stefani Fortney all you need to know about preparing for a puppy.   Continue…

5 Spring Pet Safety Tips

spring pet safetyGreen leaves. The smell of freshly cut grass. The burst of color from lilies and daffodils and iris. Spring. It just makes you happy, doesn’t it? And well it should. Spring is a time of renewal and hope and new life. For the most part, at least. But it also can hold many dangers for our pets, things we miss in our excitement to get our lawns in shape or our pool up and running. Yes, Spring is and should be a time of joy, but it should also be a time of caution.  This week learn five spring pet safety tips. Continue…

7 Things You Should Know About Ticks

ticksThere are 850 different species of ticks around the world.  Ninety of these species reside within the United States.  A handful of these species transmit diseases to humans and our pets.  Dr. Anna Coffin will share some interesting facts about ticks and how you can protect you and your pet from these pesky creatures. Continue…

Animal Superstitions: Feline Mystic

animal superstitions

Friday the 13th has long been considered a day of bad luck and ominous fortune. Walking under a ladder, breaking a mirror, having a black cat cross your path- these are all considered unlucky things, but especially so on Friday the 13th. This got me wondering about other animal superstitions involving animals, especially cats, and a little research did not disappoint. Continue…

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