Help Your Dog LOVE Their Spa Days

Warm water gently flows down the body. Strong, yet tender hands massage the perfect combination of soaps and conditioners from head to toe. Each hair is expertly styled—bringing out all the beauty that hides beneath. Finally, the nails are shaped, filed and finished to rival the best mani-pedis around. 

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Topics: Puppies, Dogs, Socialization, Anxiety in Dogs, Blog, Grooming

Finding A Dog Groomer Your Dog Will Love and Trust


Your dog and their groomer—a relationship of trust

Since the day you got your newest four-legged member of your family, you have (hopefully) been preparing them for the outside world and all the experiences that’ll come ahead. One of the more important aspects of their socialization is relationship building. Relationships with family, friends, their veterinarian, other dogs, maybe even a kitty or two. Another important bonding experience that they’ll most-likely have is with their groomer. After all, the dog/dog groomer relationship is based on two-way trust. Each have to be—not just comfortable with the other—they need to have confidence in each other. Neither the dog, nor the groomer, wants to have any fear whatsoever from the other. Remember, there’s a lot of personal space being invaded while your pup is getting all cleaned, cut and coiffed!

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Topics: Dogs, Socialization, Anxiety in Dogs, Blog, Grooming

Rodenticide Poisoning In Cats & Dogs—Why The Type Matters


Not all rat and mouse poisons kill the same way

Many cats and dogs are brought into veterinary hospitals in the fall and winter after having gotten into a rat/mouse poison (“rodenticides”). After all, this is a common time of year for rats and mice to try and seek shelter in people’s homes and businesses, so it’s a common time of year for people to be putting out rat and mouse poisons.

While most people know that rat and mouse poisons are dangerous for cats and dogs, what many people don’t realize is that not all rodenticides work (kill) the same way. Because of this, it’s vitally important that you pay attention to what you and your neighbors are putting in and around your homes, and that the veterinary staff or the people at animal poison control are told (or better still, shown) which rodenticide your pet got into if exposure happens.

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Topics: Cat Health, Dog Safety, Dog Health, Cat Safety, toxicity, Poison control, Blog, Outdoor cats, Dogs Outdoors

How to Figure Out Which Dog is Having Diarrhea or Pooping in Your House


Whose poop is this anyway...

If you've got more than one dog (or cat) at home, odds are good that you've been faced with the "whose poop is this?" question at some point. Right? Whether you're needing to know because someone is having diarrhea, or because one of them is pooping on your carpets, figuring out which pet is having "bowel problems" is always the first step to figuring out why.

Fortunately there's a quick and easy trick to help you figure out whose is whose, and it involves something that you likely have in your home right now (or can very easily, and inexpensively, grab at the store)... crayons!

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Topics: Dog Health, Dog, Blog, Crayon Shavings, Arthritis in dogs, Diarrhea, Multi-dog household, Bowel issues

Does My Dog Love Me?—The Adjustment Period When You Bring a New Dog Home


Bringing Home a New Dog

Bringing home a dog is an exciting time for everyone involved. However, while you get to return to the comfort of your home, your new pet might not initially feel the same comfort. They’re in an unfamiliar environment with new people, new smells, and a new routine.

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Topics: Dogs, Dog Behavior, Blog, Potty Training, Separation Anxiety, Adopted Dogs

Mosquitoes – Why Cats & Dogs Need Heartworm Protection


When mosquitoes thrive, so too does Heartworm Disease! Are your cats and dogs protected?

Did you know that mosquitoes thrive in the warm periods following rain and when there’s any standing water in your yard (birdbaths, pools, empty pots, etc.)? And did you know that a mosquito can develop from egg to adult mosquito in as little as 4 days!

While this is bad for people (West Nile virus, Zika disease, etc., not to mention the nuisance they pose), it’s also particularly bad for your cats and dogs because mosquitoes carry and spread Heartworm Disease! (And yes, you read that right… cats get and suffer from Heartworm disease, too! And it’s even more difficult to treat in them than it is in dogs.) 

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Topics: Dog, Blog, Heartworm, Parasites, Heartworm Preventatives, Parasite Preventatives, Cat

Sago Palms – Extremely Dangerous For Cats and Dogs!


Sago Palms are EXTREMELY dangerous for cats and dogs!

If you aren’t already aware, I highly recommend you take a moment to learn about Sago Palms and the (very serious) danger they pose to your pets. And I would definitely encourage you to also share this article with your pet-loving friends and family — as they are likely unaware, too.

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Topics: poisonous plants for dogs, poisonous plants for cats, toxicity, pet poison control, Dog, Vomiting, Blog, Seizures, Diarrhea, Cat

Bad Breath... It's NOT Always Their Teeth


Bad Teeth Aren't The Only Cause of Bad Breath

February is National Pet Dental Health Month, so it's the perfect time to shatter a commonly held misconception about bad breath in cats and dogs.

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Topics: pet teeth cleaning, pet dental, Dog, Blog, Cat, Bad Breath

When A Safety Is Worth More Than Two Points: Super Bowl Pet Safety Tips


Denver v. Carolina!   Broncos v. Panthers!
Super Bowl Sunday is almost here!


Who’s excited? Who’s having people over? Who are you rooting for?

While it has yet to be decided whether Peyton and the Broncos can rule the day and win their third franchise Super Bowl, or if Cam and the Panthers will be able to put the cherry on top of an amazing (near perfect) season to win their first, I can tell you that all pet-owning football fans should be on the same side in at least one respect.

You see, regardless of who gets to hoist the Lombardi Trophy Sunday evening, the one thing everybody can agree on is that nobody wants to spend ANY part of the big game at the Animal ER and nobody wants to see their beloved pet suffer from any of the poisonings, illnesses, or injuries that are common on Super Bowl Sunday. Am I right?

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Topics: pet safety tips, pet safety, Cat Stress, Dog Stress, Poison control, Blog, Pet Suffocation

Cat and Dog Halloween Costumes: Is It Safe To Dye My Pet's Fur?

With Halloween coming up, you may be wondering if it would be OK for you to add a little color to your pet's fur. After all, there are lots of products and services for this available on the market.

While it may be OK to do this in certain situations - with certain cats or dogs (with the right disposition), and with certain products - typically coloring your pet's fur isn't the best idea. In many cases it can be messy and cause your pet discomfort or distress. And in some cases, it can actually lead to significant health and safety problems.

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Topics: Dog Safety, pet safety tips, Dogs, Toxicity in dogs, Blog, Pet costumes, Dog costumes, Halloween, Painting your dog, Trick or Treat, Hair Dye, Dog costume ideas

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Please do not ask emergency or other specific medical questions about your pets in the blog comments. As an online informational resource, Preventive Vet is unable to and does not provide specific medical advice or counseling. A thorough physical exam, patient history, and an established veterinary-patient-client relationship is required to provide specific medical advice. If you are worried that your pet is having an emergency or if you have specific medical questions related to your pet’s current or chronic medical conditions, please contact or visit your veterinarian, an animal-specific poison control hotline, or your local emergency veterinary care center.

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