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Potty Training Your Puppy When You Live In An Apartment


Potty training on the 28th floor

You’ve done your research to find the perfect puppy for your apartment life and you bought the toys and training aids. The phone numbers for your veterinarian and animal poison control are on the fridge, puppy classes are booked, and your homemade first aid kit is at the ready. Now the time has come to finally welcome home the new addition to your family, but there’s one problem: you’ve just entered the front door of your 28th floor apartment and your new puppy needs to go ... NOW!

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Topics: Dogs, Puppy Training, Puppy, Crate training a puppy, Dog Behavior, Potty Training, Adopted Dogs, cleaning potty accidents, Potty accidents

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

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

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 Nov. 25 – Dec. 1, 2018

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

How to Help An Older Dog with Arthritis and Other Mobility Problems


Arthritis and Dogs: A Common and Treatable Problem

Our dogs are living longer these days, which is unequivocally great! With advancing years though it’s common to see a host of medical and cognitive problems develop in aging dogs. One of the big ones, and one which can often be the easiest (yes, that’s right, I said “easiest”) to deal with is when dogs start to have problems getting up and getting around. Fortunately, helping your aging, arthritic dog with such mobility issues doesn’t mean you have to remodel your house or move to a single-story rancher. Helping them and improving their quality of life also needn’t be backbreaking (or bank-breaking) for you, and it isn’t even all about medications! There's lots of simple, inexpensive, and effective things you can get and do to improve your aging, arthritic dog's mobility.

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Topics: Dog Health, Dogs, medication, Pain, Arthritis in dogs, Dog-friendly products, Mobility, Aging

How Often Should You Cut Your Dog's Nails?


Plenty of pet owners are a little intimidated by the thought of trimming their dog's nails — and a lot of dogs aren't too thrilled by the prospect either. Beyond the logistics of clipping roughly 20 nails on a squirming dog, there are still a ton of questions:

  • How often should you clip?
  • What tools should you pick up?
  • How do you clip your dog's nails without hurting them or making them bleed?

In this article, we'll tackle these common issues one at a time, everything from the frequency of nail trimming to making the process easier for you and your dog.

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Topics: Dog Health, Dogs, Grooming, Nails

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

Hot Spots – Your Dog Won't Stop Itching!


Got An Itchy dog?

Chances are, you've had a dog that's developed a “hot spot” at one point in time. Perhaps even many times — if your dog is unlucky enough to have allergies, fleas, or another condition that causes them to scratch a lot.

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Topics: Dog Health, dog fleas, Dog Skin Issues, Flea Allergies, Dogs, Dog Tips, Allergies, Hot spots, Skin problems

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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