When It Comes to Dog Sun Protection, Does Sunscreen Apply?

When we pack a bag for a day trip, we always carry sunblock with us. It’s so easy nowadays, with sprays, sticks, and lotions at every store’s checkout line. Of course, we’ll also pack water, a hat, snacks, and other comforts of home, too; because they’re all things we’ll need

Contrast this picture with the items prepared for our accompanying pups. Waste bags, collapsible water bowls, extra water, and snacks likely round out their needs.

But to truly maximize dog sun protection methods, pet-safe sunscreen can be equally beneficial.

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How to Tell if Your Pet Is Sick

When a pet is sick, it can be hard for a pet owner to notice. Not only can they not tell us that they’re feeling under the weather, but most pets are good at hiding the signs of illness, too.

There are a few clues, though, that can help you determine if something is amiss in your pet’s health and well-being. The team at Advantage Veterinary Center is here to help you sort through these clues and get your pet treated right away, if it’s needed.

Clues That Your Pet Is Sick

One of the early indicators that your pet is ill is when they just seem off somehow; they’re not their normal self. 

We encourage you to follow up with us if your pet suddenly seems different. This can help us diagnose your pet early and begin treatment, should they happen to be sick. If not, then you will get peace of mind knowing they just had a bad day.

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Miss Muttly Manners: Leash and Dog Park Etiquette

As most dog owners know, there is always that one dog at the park who is a little too much. They’re either aggressive, bullying, or jumping up on everyone and every dog – you know the one. Unfortunately, when that one is your very own four-legged, it can be discouraging for you and annoying for others.

 Dog park and leash etiquette is something we all can agree on to make these experiences safer and pleasant for everyone. The team at Advantage Veterinary Center is here with some expert tips on perfect leash and dog park etiquette, just in time for the spring and summer.

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What Could Possibly Explain the Phenomenon of Corn Chip Paws?

Being an owner of a dog can be downright confounding at times. Whether it’s their odd behaviors or questionable manners, dogs do some pretty weird stuff.

In the case of “Frito Feet”, some dogs emit an unmistakable corn chip odor from their paw pads that can be incredibly off-putting. Don’t worry: it’s perfectly normal, and combating the smell is within reach.

Smelly Dog, Smelly Dog

It’s true that many types of dogs like to get dirty and will stop at nothing when out and about. This could mean they roll around in poop, wade in murky water, or jump around in muddy puddles. And, generally speaking, the smells from their essential dog-ness are par for the course. 

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Pet Poisoning Dangers Lurk Where You Least Expect Them 

We all know that pets will get into pretty much everything, and “pet proofing” our homes is a must when it comes to preventing accidental pet poisonings.

Making sure leftover food is put away, the garbage can is closed, and antifreeze spills are cleaned up are no-brainers, but securing the contents of the medicine cabinet probably doesn’t top the list. But it should.

March 15 marks the beginning of National Poison Prevention Week, and your Advantage Veterinary Center family would like to take this opportunity to discuss the very real dangers to your pet that lurk in your bathroom, purse, coats, and backpacks.

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Why Home Pet Dental Care Is So Important 

Many pet owners think doggy or kitty breath is normal, but in fact it’s an early hallmark of periodontal disease. Once you notice your pet’s bad breath, dental disease is likely a foregone conclusion. The good news is that this condition is entirely preventable!

At Advantage Veterinary Center we’ve seen over and over again how a professional dental care program as well as at home pet dental care can benefit every dog and cat!

The Problem With Pet Dental Disease

Unfortunately, by the time pets reach 3 years of age, over 85% of them already have some form of dental disease. Genetics play a role in dental disease, but it’s also the result of a persistent lack of dental care, including regular brushing. 

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Advantage Veterinary Center’s Top Blogs of 2019 

Nothing causes us to mark the passage of time more than the beginning of a new year. Along with winter holiday celebrations, perhaps we can take time to  wind down and reflect on the year past. And although 2019 has its ups and downs, all in all we couldn’t be more grateful for the time we shared with you and your pets. 

One of the things we’ve been reflecting on at Advantage Veterinary Center is that owning a pet comes with lifelong learning. From exercise to a healthy diet, regular wellness, training, and fun things to do with your pet. There’s no shortage of topics to learn about. 

One way we support that learning is through our pet care blog. And brainstorming topics, writing, and publishing our blog has been our pleasure this year. We hope to provide our readers with practical, timely, and fun information about how to keep pets not only healthy, but thriving. So here we present our top blogs of 2019, and we hope you enjoy!

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Pets As Presents: To Gift Or Not To Gift

The holidays are upon us, and you may be getting giddy at the idea of adopting a wonderful pet to give to the animal lover in your life. Before you steam ahead, take some time to reflect on making pets as presents a part of your holiday season.

There are some special considerations with holiday pet adoption. For one thing, you don’t want a pet to end up back at the shelter or re-homed after the holidays are over. This decision requires careful planning and preparation. 

At Advantage Veterinary Center we’ve seen it all, and we have some thoughts on whether or not to give pets as presents for the holidays (or any time of year).

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The Grief that Comes After the Loss of a Pet

Losing a loved one changes you. The loss of someone close brings with it sadness, confusion, anger, bewilderment, and grief. Interestingly – though not surprisingly for those of us who have experienced it –  the scientific community is finding is that the loss of a pet is equal to that of human loss, with the same fundamental impact to those grieving. 

Animal companionship fills a void, a specific need for humans to bond with an unconditional friend. If you have recently lost a pet, you may wonder how you will navigate the feelings, especially during the holidays. Your friends at Advantage Veterinary Center understand your feelings and we are here to offer some support through recommendations and simple steps.

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Pet Diabetes: Early Detection & Successful Management Have Positive Effects

A gray-striped cat with golden eyes lays on a colorful bedspread, looking wary.

All animals are unique in the ways they behave, but there are generally tell-tale signs that something’s amiss. Sure, domestic and wild animals alike may try to hide symptoms of illness or injury, but there’s no mistaking excessive thirst and increased urination in our four-legged friends. With undiagnosed pet diabetes, pets may beg for food and continue to lose weight. Early detection is the key to successful long-term management, and marks the beginning of a chapter in the lives of both pets and their owners.

Risk Factors

Pet diabetes can develop at a higher rate in overweight or obese pets. Higher risk pets may include senior pets, those with Cushing’s disease, hyperthyroidism, or chronic pancreatitis, pets on steroids, and pregnant females. Older female dogs are more likely to be diagnosed than older male dogs; senior male cats are considered higher risk than aging female cats.

That being said, pet diabetes can occur in any pet regardless of age or lifestyle. Genetics may also play a part.

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