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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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…

Allergies in Pets: An Itchy Dilemma

Allergies in pets can affect pet skin and cause and itchy petSpring has arrived, and the pollen has started to fly. Those of us who suffer from seasonal allergies are familiar with the sneezing, watery eyes, and other symptoms that go along with warmer weather. But did you know pets can also suffer from allergies?

Allergies in pets is more common than many owners realize. Understanding how to prevent and control symptoms is key to keeping your furry friend healthy and comfortable.

Types of Allergies in Pets

Unlike in people, allergies in pets tend to manifest as itching and other skin-related problems, also known as atopy. Below are the three types of allergies we see in pets: 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…