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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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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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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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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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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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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