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.


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.


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.


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…

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…

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…

Treading Dangerous Water: Waterborne Diseases in Pets

Waterborne diseases in pets can threaten pet healthMost dogs enjoy a good romp in the nearest lake, stream, mud puddle or gutter-runoff. While this is a fun activity to entertain your furry friend, it is important to recognize that water can harbor some hazards for animals. There are several waterborne diseases in pets that your veterinarians at Advantage Veterinary Center want to be sure that you are aware of, so that you can tread water safely with your four-legged companion.

Water-loving Parasites

Several parasites that affect our pet patients are fond of calling waterlogged spaces home. Perhaps the most notable of these parasites is Giardia, a single-celled protozoal organism that thrives in stagnant water. Giardia is also a zoonotic disease, which means that your human & feline family can also pick this up from your pet – leading to stomach cramping and often severe diarrhea. Continue…