My Pet Has Fleas! Now What?

High Ridge, Missouri dog itching fleas.

There are many components that go into responsible pet ownership. A good foundation of pet health care is definitely part of caring for another critter. Besides pet wellness services like routine preventive examinations and vaccinations, Advantage Veterinary Center knows that parasite prevention is a large part of caring for our four-legged family members. 

Despite our best efforts, though, sometimes pet parasites are unavoidable. After all, these little critters have evolved to be pretty good at their job. If your pet gets fleas, all hope is not lost. Flea protection, prevention, and control are what we do best!

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How to Care for Your Pet After a Spay and Neuter Procedure

Dog in post surgical e-collar or a cone after spay or neuter procedure.

Spay and neuter surgeries offer more benefits than just preventing unwanted pregnancies. These procedures can prevent health issues like infections or tumors of reproductive organs, decrease behavioral issues associated with mating or going into heat, and lower the risk of your pet escaping your house in search of a partner. While beneficial to your pet’s overall health, spay and neuter procedures are both surgeries that require specific care to ensure proper healing. The team at Advantage Veterinary Center wants to help you properly care for your pet post-procedure so they can return to their regular selves in no time:

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I’ve Lost My Pet, Now What Do I Do?

A dog sits with a leash no one is holding.

Losing a pet is the biggest fear of many pet owners. While most luckily will never have to deal with this unfortunate situation, the team at Advantage Veterinary Center wants to give you some tips on what to do if your pet runs away. If you ever find yourself saying “I’ve lost my pet, now what do I do,” try to remember the following:

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Bloating in Dogs: A Serious Issue That Needs Immediate Attention

A Great Dane lies in the grass.

If you’ve ever had a big meal and needed to change into a more comfortable pair of pants, you know that bloating is an uncomfortable feeling. Bloating in dogs is a much more serious condition than a brief period of discomfort in the stomach. Without the proper attention, this condition can be fatal. The team at Advantage Veterinary Center wants to arm you with the knowledge to recognize signs of bloat so you can get the necessary medical attention for your dog:

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From the Most Popular to the Rarest Cat Breeds, We Love Them All

A hairless cat rests on a table.

Technically, a “cat fancier” is someone who breeds and cares for cats. The Cat Fanciers’ Association was originally founded in 1906 and sets the standard for the world’s largest registry of pedigreed cats. However, because of feline overpopulation and the inherent challenges therein, most cat lovers today tend to adopt from shelters or rescues, never knowing their true lineage. 

Whether domestic or purebred, there are so many beautiful cat breeds to love and admire.

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Advantage Veterinary Center’s Top Pet Blogs of 2020!

2020… what a year! While it remains to be seen if 2021 can top the antics of the year that was, we do know that our pets have been at our side, providing love and laughter, through the thick and thin of the past year.

The team at Advantage Veterinary Center have endeavored to be with you no matter what, as well. From our curbside to our exam rooms, and even our blog, we hope you have found the care and support you and your pet have needed this past year.

To celebrate the calendar flipping from on year to the next, we have compiled a list of our top 5 most-read pet blogs of 2020. We hope you are reminded of a favorite from the past, find something new, and enjoy what our blog has had to offer!

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Quality Over Quantity: How Many Pets Is Too Many?

If you are like us, your home is one that is made better by the love of a pet companion. Many pet owners opt for more than one animal family member, but there comes a point in which having multiple pets can become a problem for the ill-prepared household. 

The question of how many pets is too many involves knowing what’s right for you and your family. This is why the team at Advantage Veterinary Center is here to explain a few things that can help you make the responsible decision for all.

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5 Ways to Pamper Your Pet Right Now

When you hear the phrase “pamper your pet” you might easily make the mental leap to a grooming salon and spa. Starting off with a mani-pedi, followed by an invigorating bath, skin treatments, hair trim, and a relaxing blow dry. This all sounds lovely (for some; other pets, like cats, might not agree), but this is not the only way to show your appreciation and affection to your best pal. 

Of all the options out there, we’ve chosen 5 extra special, yet super simple, ways to spoil them rotten!

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6 Zoonotic Diseases that Affect Pets and People

Zoonotic diseases are those that can be transmitted to humans from animals (the Coronavirus and Ebola are two recent examples). Pet owners wonder may what this has to do with their loveable cat or dog, but did you know that there are quite a few zoonotic diseases that affect pets and people? 

The team at Advantage Veterinary Center is here to discuss the important topic of zoonoses, so that we can better protect your pet and your entire family. 

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A Quick Guide to Senior Pet Wellness

It makes sense to continue providing all the same things your pet expects and relies on, but as pets age so do their needs. The once super-crunchy kibble hurts their teeth or the GI tract. Their usual daily jog turns into a slower, longer walk. The flawless jump they used to make becomes a huge challenge. 

Your senior pet probably won’t slow down overnight, but even the gradual shift between adulthood and their golden years can be surprising. Prioritizing senior pet health and wellness can help your aging cat or dog live their remaining years in comfort and safety.

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