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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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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Advantage Veterinary Center’s Top Pet Blogs of 2020!

2020… what a year! While it remains to be seen if 2021 can top the antics of the year that was, we do know that our pets have been at our side, providing love and laughter, through the thick and thin of the past year.

The team at Advantage Veterinary Center have endeavored to be with you no matter what, as well. From our curbside to our exam rooms, and even our blog, we hope you have found the care and support you and your pet have needed this past year.

To celebrate the calendar flipping from on year to the next, we have compiled a list of our top 5 most-read pet blogs of 2020. We hope you are reminded of a favorite from the past, find something new, and enjoy what our blog has had to offer!

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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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Back to Work! Helping Pets Adjust to Change After COVID-19

If you have been sheltering in place for what is starting to feel like an eternity, you are probably going just a little stir crazy. Thankfully, many of us are finally beginning to return to work and maybe even school; and for the first time ever, perhaps, you may even be excited to get back to it.

Our pets feel differently, though. 

After all, they have been getting 24/7 love and affection from their humans for a few months now – and they probably don’t hate it as much as you might think. 

The team at Advantage Veterinary Center has actually seen an uptick of separation anxiety in our pet patients recently, meaning if your pet is struggling with your absence, they are not alone. 

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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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Advantage Veterinary Center’s Top Blogs of 2019 

Nothing causes us to mark the passage of time more than the beginning of a new year. Along with winter holiday celebrations, perhaps we can take time to  wind down and reflect on the year past. And although 2019 has its ups and downs, all in all we couldn’t be more grateful for the time we shared with you and your pets. 

One of the things we’ve been reflecting on at Advantage Veterinary Center is that owning a pet comes with lifelong learning. From exercise to a healthy diet, regular wellness, training, and fun things to do with your pet. There’s no shortage of topics to learn about. 

One way we support that learning is through our pet care blog. And brainstorming topics, writing, and publishing our blog has been our pleasure this year. We hope to provide our readers with practical, timely, and fun information about how to keep pets not only healthy, but thriving. So here we present our top blogs of 2019, and we hope you enjoy!

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Pets As Presents: To Gift Or Not To Gift

The holidays are upon us, and you may be getting giddy at the idea of adopting a wonderful pet to give to the animal lover in your life. Before you steam ahead, take some time to reflect on making pets as presents a part of your holiday season.

There are some special considerations with holiday pet adoption. For one thing, you don’t want a pet to end up back at the shelter or re-homed after the holidays are over. This decision requires careful planning and preparation. 

At Advantage Veterinary Center we’ve seen it all, and we have some thoughts on whether or not to give pets as presents for the holidays (or any time of year).

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The Grief that Comes After the Loss of a Pet

Losing a loved one changes you. The loss of someone close brings with it sadness, confusion, anger, bewilderment, and grief. Interestingly – though not surprisingly for those of us who have experienced it –  the scientific community is finding is that the loss of a pet is equal to that of human loss, with the same fundamental impact to those grieving. 

Animal companionship fills a void, a specific need for humans to bond with an unconditional friend. If you have recently lost a pet, you may wonder how you will navigate the feelings, especially during the holidays. Your friends at Advantage Veterinary Center understand your feelings and we are here to offer some support through recommendations and simple steps.

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