OUR PETS AND HOLIDAY PERILS!

Every year, Veterinarians report an uptick in sick visits, directly related to the holiday season. Sadly, most of them are completely avoidable! Let’s take a look at some of the perils our pets face from holiday festivities. GI upsets, related to Thanksgiving dinner, are an annual launch of the holiday season. While family and friends may understandably want to share some yummies with our furry family members, the momentary joy these goodies evoke, is rarely worth the consequences. If repeat offenders ignore your warnings against table scraps, it may be worthwhile to designate a “safe zone” for your pets while
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IS PET INSURANCE FOR YOU?

The application of advanced technology, as well as research breakthroughs, have brought dramatic changes to the field of Veterinary Medicine in both diagnostic and treatment options. However, those advances come at a price. Costly equipment, larger, state of the art facilities, increased staffing, and comprehensive training necessary to implement these greatly improved services have resulted in increased fees for owners. Faced with higher costs, some owners struggle to afford care when a medical emergency or catastrophic illness strikes. Pet insurance represents a possible solution, but it requires research on the part of the owner, and it may not be for
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QUALITY OF LIFE…The Decision to Say Goodbye

An inevitable part of owning a pet, is coming to accept their relatively short lifespan. At some point, whether because of illness, trauma, or advanced age, most of us find ourselves grappling with the same question: How do we know when it’s time to let them go?   In truth, there is no precise, perfect time. The answer is as complicated and personal as the relationship between pet, and owner. Even when we think we’re prepared to make that decision, our emotions cause us to question how we can possibly “do something like that” to the pet we love. Often,
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BUYER BEWARE…

Counterfeit pet drugs have become a multi-billion dollar business. There was a time when pet medications and parasite control products were exclusively dispensed to patients by licensed Veterinarians. Now, owners hoping to maintain costs pursue discounted products online. Unfortunately, there is an abundance of unlicensed, discount sites that market products bearing counterfeit labels, medications that have not been maintained under manufacturer-mandated conditions, medications that do not contain the compounds displayed on their label, or products approaching or exceeding their expiration date, all in violation of the law.    While captions of “pet prescriptions cheap,” and “no prescription necessary,” may seem
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