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How to Remove a Tick from Your Dog or Cat — What to Do and What NOT to Do


Ticks are gross, right? But what’s even worse is that they can carry a host of diseases that they can pass along to your pets (and you) if they’re allowed to stay attached for too long! So what’s the best way to remove a tick from your dog or cat? I’m going to outline the process below, as well as provide some handy tools and tips to help you even further.

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Topics: cat first aid, dog first aid, Parasites, Parasite Preventatives, Outdoor cats, Dogs Outdoors, Ticks, Hiking

Public Dog Water Bowls: Think Before They Drink


Communal Water Bowls – Are They Safe?

You might be thankful when you and your pup are strolling down the street on a warm day and you see a water bowl sitting outside of a pet-friendly business just waiting to provide your dog with the hydration they so desperately need — but wait! 

You may just want to take a pause before letting your dog take that water break. And the same goes for that water bowl at your local dog park! Why? Because of the very real possibility that while your dog is quenching their thirst from a public water bowl, they could also be lapping up bacteria, viruses, or even parasites that could make them quite sick. You know what they say … a moment on the lips ... could lead to sleepless nights of diarrhea.

OK, even if that’s not really how that saying goes, it’s still a good idea to keep it in mind when you come across a communal or public water bowl for your dog. Here’s what you need to know and how you can safely keep your pup hydrated when out and about.

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Topics: Dog Health, Puppy, Parasites, Water Bowls, Water, pet health, Giardia, Water hazards, Dog park, Lepto

What Your Dog's Poo Can Tell You About Their Health


Though it may not be your favorite topic to think about or discuss, your dog’s poop can actually provide some good clues about their health. Now, I’m not going to go so far as to say that, like the eyes are the windows to the soul, poop is the window to overall health … but it definitely can provide a glimpse! So here’s the skinny on why you should go outside with your dog when they go to the bathroom and generally pay attention to your dog’s poops. They could be trying to tell you something.

Dog Poo 'Ground Rules'

The poop and pooping characteristics outlined below are a general guide. What’s also very important is a “change in normal” for your specific dog. For example, if your dog normally has slightly “soft” stools and is doing well, then all of a sudden develops firm, dryer stools … that could be an indication of a problem. Or visa versa. Or if they normally poop three times a day, and then suddenly start pooping just once a day (without any changes in diet or exercise), then that is a change that should be investigated with your vet. And so on.

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Topics: Dog Health, dog fleas, Pancreatitis, Parasites, Parasite Preventatives, Digestive upset, Intestinal Worms

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

Does Trifexis Kill Dogs?

A lot of people have emailed us asking this question recently, and the safety of Trifexis is certainly a very hot topic on social media right now (the topic even has dueling Facebook communities!). But is the viral nature of this topic a good thing? Or is it just fueling an unnecessary fire — creating distress and uncertainty for dog owners, and health and safety risks for dogs (and the people they live with)? Let’s dig a bit deeper. Read More

Topics: Dog Health, Dogs, Blog, Trifexis, Heartworm, Parasites, Heartworm Preventatives, Parasite Preventatives

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