Summer Scares: Dealing with Noise Anxiety in Pets

Thunderstorm season and the 4th of July are quickly approaching – a time of year that many pet owners dread. ‘Tis the season of trembling, anxious pets who are either destructive, try to escape, or hide for hours at the first crack of thunder or pop of fireworks. An estimated 10 million dogs (and lots and lots of cats) suffer from noise-related anxiety, which often leads to a full-blown phobia.

Because loud noises are an inevitable part of life, the team at Advantage Veterinary Center has come up with some strategies for alleviating noise anxiety in pets.

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Introducing Babies, Kids and Pets

Kids and pets are a natural mix. Pets can help teach kids empathy, responsibility, and love. They can foster self esteem and confidence in kids as well, and are wonderful, non-judgemental companions for kids of all ages.

By taking some time to prepare and be aware of how to introduce baby and kids to pets, you’ll be setting everyone up for success and a match made in heaven.

Preparing Your Pet for A New Baby

All the new sights, smells, and sounds of a new baby can be confusing for pets. And, although pets can be great learners, they can also become jealous of this new little person. Here are some great ways to prepare yourself and your pet for a new baby:

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Hide the Chocolate, Prevent a Pet Poisoning

Chocolate toxicity can occur at any time, but pets may really find themselves in trouble this time of year. Even a small amount of chocolate disguised in a brightly-colored foil wrapper can pose a significant threat to your pet’s health. Your best defense is to simply remove the opportunity, but, unfortunately, a pet poisoning can happen when you least expect it.

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Merry and Bright: Holiday Pet Safety

With the holiday season in full swing, you may be wondering how to enjoy all the decorations, food, and parties with your pets. After all, studies show a full 70% of us view our pets as members of the family, and it stands to reason we would want to include them in the festivities. But sometimes the holiday hustle and bustle can leave room for a holiday pet accident or emergency, which is the last thing any of us want.

So, let’s talk about some holiday pet safety tips that will keep your season merry and bright.

Flawed Feasts

Whatever winter holiday you celebrate is certain to be filled with delicious foods that make our mouths water. You can bet your pets’ mouths are watering, too. But it’s important to keep them safe around holiday foods.

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Sunshine and Pools and BBQs, Oh My! Summer Pet Safety

Summer pet safety keeps pets happy and healthyThe summer season is upon us, and with it comes the lazy, fun-filled days we look forward to all year. But summer fun can quickly turn into danger for your pet. That’s why the team at Advantage Veterinary Center wants to share some tips for summer pet safety.

Summer Pet Safety

It’s important to always be aware of your pet’s comfort and activity level. You know your pet best, so if something seems wrong, don’t ever hesitate to call us. Here are some other summer pet safety tips: Continue…

Lost and Found: The Importance of Pet Microchipping

Pet microchipping can help a lost pet become a found pet if you pet goes missingBecoming separated from our furry family members is something no pet parent wants to think about, but despite our best efforts, accidents can and do happen. Fortunately, there are now more ways to find a lost pet than endlessly searching local shelters and posting “lost pet” signs. Pet microchipping can significantly increase the odds of locating a lost or stolen pet, and we couldn’t be more excited to share the details of this popular technology.

What Is a Microchip?

A microchip is essentially a tiny, inert computer chip encased in glass. The chip, about the size of a grain of rice, is injected just under your pet’s skin near the shoulder blade via hypodermic needle. The procedure only takes a few moments and is no more painful than a standard vaccination. Continue…

Protect and Prevent: All About Common Pet Toxins

Pet toxins threaten pet health and pet safety

It may be hard to imagine your sweet pet coming into contact with a potential pet toxin, but this scary situation happens more often than pet owners realize. Although mostly preventable, ingestion of a poisonous substance is the leading cause of pet emergencies in veterinary clinics throughout the country.

It’s true that accidents happen, but in many cases, they can be avoided. Recognizing common pet toxins, and reducing or eliminating your pet’s exposure to them, is critical in keeping your furry loved one safe.

Common Pet Toxins in and Outside the Home

Protecting your pet from an accidental poisoning is as easy as putting any potential pet toxins out of reach. Take a discerning look around your home, garage, and yard, and remove or safely store any of the following common pet toxins: Continue…

Baby, It’s Cold Outside: Winter Pet Safety You Can Count On

Winter pet safety is key to your pet's health. Ask a veterinarian.We’re just about average when it comes to seasonal highs and lows here in High Ridge; but that doesn’t mean the weather is always safe for pets. Without a doubt, ignoring heat safety in the summer can pose significant risks to health and wellbeing, but the winter is equally dangerous. Between the raw temperatures, biting wind, and freezing precipitation, winter pet safety must remain a top priority.

Unexpected Hazards

When it comes to extreme weather, the general rule of thumb is if it’s too hot/cold for you, it’s too hot/cold for your pet. Of course, many pets still need to go outside to answer nature’s call, and it the weather isn’t too extreme to exercise and explore. When that’s the case, be sure to follow these winter pet safety tips: Continue…

Better Safe Than Sorry: A Jumpstart on Holiday Pet Safety

Holiday pet safety is key to a healthy petThere are two general types of people: those who wait all year for the holidays and those who simply can’t be bothered by all the hype. Wherever you fall, be sure your pet is safe from potential risk. Indeed, it’s hard to imagine anything bad happening as a result of festive decor, delicious food, or fun parties, but your pet’s safety could be in the crosshairs. With our holiday pet safety measures, you can still enjoy the season – and so can your four-legged best friend.

The Most Common Culprits

Sadly, we see a spike in pet emergencies in the weeks leading up to the jolliest times of year. Most are due to inflammation, gastrointestinal blockages (decorations, tinsel, tape, ribbon, etc.), and pancreatitis. The most common dangers include: Continue…