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Going to the Vet – How to Collect Your Dog's Urine Sample

Are you noticing any concerning changes in your dog’s urinations? Are you noticing blood in his urine? Is he suddenly peeing more often? Is he now peeing in your house, or straining to pee? Or perhaps it’s not even his urinations, but rather an increase in his water drinking that you’ve recently noticed? Or maybe it’s weight loss, vomiting, or something else entirely that’s suddenly changed in your dog?

You’ve likely (hopefully) recognized that each of these situations are cause for a trip to the vet, but are you aware of the important role your dog’s urine might play in helping you and your vet figure out the underlying cause in all of these situations? Yes, that’s right… even in cases of vomiting, weight loss, and many other situations that seem to have absolutely no connection to your dog’s urinary system! Read More

Topics: Dog Health, Dog, Wellness Check-up, Vet Exam, Dog Tips, Vomitting, Veterinary visits, Urine sample, Collecting a urine sample, Blood in urine, Pee-Pad Training, Urine analysis

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

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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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