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Is Your Dog Quiet...Maybe Bored?


Is your dog reserved? The reason could be one of these three things 

“My dog is more quiet than usual?” “He’s more reserved.” “He just seems bored.” These are all fairly common questions, concerns, and statements from dog owners during veterinary visits.  

But is it always boredom or “getting older” that causes a dog to be more reserved, quiet, or to slow down?

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Topics: Dog Training, Dog Health, Environmental Enrichment, Pain, Dog Stress, Feeding Bowls, Dog-friendly products, Dog toys

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

Removing the Fear and Anxiety From Your Dog's Vet Visits


Fear-Free Vet Visits - How Grrrreat!

Were you aware that there’s a big push within the veterinary profession to minimize the fear and anxiety that dogs (and their people) feel with veterinary visits? It’s called the Fear Free movement - and it’s a movement that’s super important… and long overdue.

The Fear Free principles are, in large part, based on the wonderful work of the late, great Dr. Sophia Yin, as well as Dr. Karen Overall, and a lot of other wonderful animal behaviorists, trainers, and veterinarians. Dr. Marty Becker has, along with others, taken up the mantle to educate about, promote, and further the principles of the Fear Free movement. And, as you would expect, he’s proving to be a great spokesperson and champion for the cause.

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Topics: Dog Health, Dog Stress, Blog, Wellness Check-up, Dog Tips, Veterinary visits

Lost Dogs (and Cats): Your pets versus 4th of July fireworks


Do you know what day is historically one of the busiest days of the year in animal shelters all across the US?
– It’s July 5th!

Do you know why? Yup, you guessed it… fireworks!

In reality though, that’s only partially right. The real reasons are a bit more involved than just “fireworks.” And to truly do something about the staggering number of pets that wind up in shelters each year on July 5th, it’s important that you be aware of these reasons. Of course, it’s even more important that you’re aware of and take the easy steps to prevent your cats and dogs from becoming lost and also increasing your chances of being reunited with them should your preventive efforts fail.
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Topics: Finding lost pets, Independence Day, Thundershirt, Dog Stress, Microchip, Fourth of July, Animal Shelters, ID Tags, Dog appeasing pheromone, 4th of July, Lost Pet, Fireworks, Fence for your dog, Feliway for cats, Dog GPS, DAP, Canada Day, Guy Fawkes Day, Shelters, Anxiety in Dogs, Fence your yard, Blog

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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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