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How to Carve a Photo of Your Dog or Cat Onto a Pumpkin


Carving your dog or cat's face onto a pumpkin is a super fun way to get the whole family involved in the festivities.

First, we'll go over how to make your pet's pumpkin stencil and then we'll get our hands dirty, open the pumpkins up and start the carving.

This photo is of my cat, Mazel, standing next to the pumpkin I made of our Frenchie, Marshall, last year. This year, it's Mazel's turn!

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Topics: Dog Safety, pet safety tips, Dogs, Cats, Halloween, Pumpkin

Our Favorite Fun & Safe Halloween Costumes


Fall is such a fun time of year and Halloween is the perfect time to get your dog in the spirit with you! With so many costume ideas on the internet for you and your dog, you’re bound to find one that fits your dog’s personality or accompanies your costume.

If you’re thinking about dressing your dog up in a costume, first think of how they react to wearing things — if they hate things being placed over their head, or react negatively to velcro, stay away from those types of costumes. And, if your dog simply hates wearing anything, you’ll need to work on positive reinforcement training and desensitization to get them used to wearing a costume, which may mean not dressing them up this year.

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Topics: Dog Safety, pet safety tips, Dogs, Cats, holiday pet safety tips, Pet costumes, Halloween

The Top Halloween Dangers for Dogs & Cats


Ah, Halloween; the time of year when looking like a cast member from the Walking Dead is celebrated! And the one day when consuming mountains of chocolate is encouraged. While this night may be a wonderful time for you and your two-legged kids, it's important to keep in mind that ‘All Hallows Eve’ can present some new dangers for your cats and dogs and therefore may not be as fun an evening for your four-legged kids.

As with most things though, if you’re aware of the potential Halloween hazards for cats and dogs and take the easy steps provided here, your whole family will be far more likely to have a Halloween full of fun and great memories, rather than a night (and a sizable chunk of change) spent in the local Animal ER. To help you gear up for the ghoulish holiday, we’ve compiled the top Halloween dangers so that you can avoid a real nightmare for your dog or cat!

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Topics: Dog Safety, pet safety tips, Dogs, Cats, holiday pet safety tips, Pet costumes, Halloween

Going On Vacation... Who Makes Pet Care Decisions While You're Away?


The holiday season often means vacation

And while it’s always nice to include your pets in your travel plans, doing so isn’t always practical or possible. It’s at times like these that more and more people are turning to pet sitters and family/friends to watch and help care for their cats and dogs (and other pets).

When you're away from your pet though – who's authorized to make their medical care decisions on your behalf?

You'll likely think to leave behind instructions regarding feeding, walking, and medicating your pets. But are you aware of the importance of leaving whoever is going to be watching after your pets another very important bit of information, too – authorization for medical care decisions in your absence? 

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Topics: Dogs, travel with pets, holiday safety, Cats, Travel, pet sitting, treatment authorization, pet health

National Pet Suffocation Awareness Week – Preventing Heartbreak


National Pet Suffocation Awareness Week is Dec 1–7, 2019

Pets suffocate in chip and snack bags literally every day. It takes as few as 3–5 minutes for a dog or cat rummaging through a bag for crumbs to asphyxiate. It can happen to any pet, regardless of their size, age, or strength; and it can, and has, happened even when the pet owners are in the same home, maybe even in the next room over.

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Topics: pet safety, Dogs, Cats, Pet Suffocation, Chip Bags

Antifreeze Poisoning In Cats & Dogs – Now Even Scarier


Update on Antifreeze!

With the cooler weather approaching, I want to take a moment to share an important update within the veterinary world and remind you of a common “cooler weather” pet poison.

Is your pet at risk?

  • Do you change your car's fluids at home?
  • Do you have a leaky car that drips on the pavement?
  • Do your pets have access to your driveway or garage?
  • Is your cat an outdoor cat and roams the neighborhood?
  • Does your dog roam your neighborhood?
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Topics: Cat Health, Dog Health, pet safety tips, toxicity in cats, Dogs, Cats, Antifreeze, Toxicity in dogs, Poison control, Winter pet hazards, EG toxicity

Dog or Cat Has Diarrhea? Here's What You Can Do At Home.


Diarrhea is one of the most common problems that brings both cats and dogs to the vet.

Loose stools aren’t any fun for your pet, and having to clean up the resulting messes and get up in the middle of the night to let your pet out to relieve themselves isn’t very much fun for you either. So what can you do and how can you best help your pet when their stools aren’t exactly right?

Of course the answer depends on what else is going on with your pet and what the likely cause of their diarrhea is.

If your pet is otherwise acting normally — normal energy, normal appetite, no vomiting, etc. — they're up-to-date on their vaccines, aren't very young or old, don’t have any significant pre-existing medical conditions — Addison’s disease, kidney failure, etc. — and there's no blood, straining, or foreign material associate with their diarrhea  then it’ll likely be ok to try and “ride out” your pet’s diarrhea for 24-36 hours.

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Topics: Kidney Failure, Cats, Dog, Addison’s Disease, Dog Tips, Cat Tips, Diarrhea, Bland Diet

Ewww! – My dog is eating cat poop!


Keeping "Kitty Roca" Off the Menu

If you’ve got cats and dogs you’ve likely fought the battle to keep your dogs from “helping” you keep the cat’s litter boxes clean — yes? Perhaps you’re still fighting the battle? Maybe you’ve given up?

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Topics: Dog Safety, Dog Health, pet safety, Litter Box, Dogs, Cats, Pets, Vomiting, Blog, Dog Tips, Diarrhea, Digestive upset, Cats and Dogs Living Together

Dog Stung by Bee or Wasp? Be(e) Prepared


Getting stung is never fun! If your dog or cat is ever stung by a bee, wasp or yellow jacket, you may be able to treat them effectively at home, or you may need to make a trip to the vet.

The severity of any pet's reaction to a sting is difficult to predict and can be highly variable. The information below will guide you through what to look for, how to treat the sting, and how to prevent future stings.

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Topics: Dogs, Cats, Summer, Pet First Aid, Allergies, Summer Pet Safety, Bee Stings

Measuring Pet Food – When A Cup Is Not A Cup


We all drink from some sort of cup everyday, but just because we call it cup, does not make it a true measurement of volume. Why is this important? Because when it
comes to your pet’s weight and their overall health, the myriad of empty containers people frequently use to scoop their pet's kibble aren't the “cups” we veterinarians (and the back of the pet food bags) are talking about. 

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Topics: Dogs, Overweight Cat, Overweight Dog, Cats, Food, Dog Tips, Storing Kibble, Cat Tips

Photo Credit: Preventive Vet

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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