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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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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A Stinky Situation: Dogs who Eat Poop

A dog licking a tree trunk

Most of us cringe now and again at something our dog does. Drinking from the toilet, rolling in dead animals at the beach, and licking their own backside all come to mind (ew!). But nothing tops dogs who eat poop.

If you’ve never witnessed your dog doing this, consider yourself lucky. But if you’ve ever seen your dog raid the litter box, “clean up” after himself, or munch deer droppings in the yard, know that you’re not alone. 

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Leptospirosis and Your Pet: Know the Risks

When we think of contagious canine diseases, things like canine parvovirus and rabies usually come to mind. Of course, these deadly diseases strike fear in the heart of every owner and are included in the core vaccination series every dog should receive.

Leptospirosis, however, poses a lesser known but just as dangerous threat. Depending on your dog’s exposure to the outdoors, doggie daycare, or boarding kennels, the leptospirosis vaccine may be just as important as the core vaccines. Take a moment to learn more about leptospirosis and what may be needed to protect your pet.

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Veterinary Hospital Lobby Etiquette and Safety

Veterinary Hospital Lobby Etiquette is important when taking your pet to the vet

A veterinary hospital lobby is a busy place! It can be fun to see the different animals, chat with other pet owners, and catch up with your reading or work. But the ever changing environment and all the comings and goings can also provide a space for problems to escalate rapidly.

We want all our patients to be safe, and to feel less stress when coming for their veterinary visit. With that in mind, Advantage Veterinary Center is passing along some best practices for veterinary hospital lobby etiquette and safety. With a little knowledge and preparation, we can make your pet’s and other pet’s visits more enjoyable and less stressful.

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Lending a Paw: How Service Animals Help People Thrive

Service animals are usually working dogs that help peopleMost animal lovers know a story or two about an amazing pet who risked their life to help save their human owner or other family member. Even the most “average” pet seems to have super powers when it comes to cheering us up and making us feel better.

Service animals take this idea to the next level as they work alongside their handlers to maintain their independence and to provide safety and companionship. Keep reading to learn more about these inspiring animals and their jobs. Continue…

Chomp Chomp: Why do Dogs Eat Grass?

Why do dogs eat grass? Ask a veterinarian.

Dog owners are no strangers to the variety of odd behaviors their canine companions engage in, but eating grass often tops the list as the most perplexing. Seeing these supposed carnivores delicately (or greedily) chomping away at greenery often leaves us confused. In fact, one of the most common questions we’re asked is why do dogs eat grass?

Side Salad, Anyone?

Although studies have been conducted as to why dogs eat grass, there are no prevailing theories to date. Some of the most popular ideas include: Continue…

What do You Know About Canine Parvovirus?

Parvovirus is a serious threat to your dog's health.Parvovirus affects all species of mammals, and although symptoms are similar across the board, they are species specific. Consequently, feline parvovirus is as unique to cats as canine parvovirus is to dogs.

Canine parvovirus is shed via infected stool or vomit and can survive for a year or more in contaminated areas. Not only highly contagious, canine parvovirus can be deadly. Though typically found in puppies, adult dogs can also contract parvovirus if left unvaccinated and those with weaker immune systems can have a much harder time recovering from the virus.

This illness is expensive to treat and ravages a dog’s body – symptoms often include severe vomiting and diarrhea. Some find that there is a distinct metallic smell to feces infected with parvovirus. If left untreated, parvo cases can escalate quickly and dehydrate the dog to the point of no return. Best news of all? Parvovirus, in most cases, can be prevented with standard vaccinations and vigilant owner awareness. Continue…