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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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…