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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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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A Growing Concern: Pet Obesity

Slipping your sweet pet a morsel of whatever you’re eating or offering a liberal amount from their treat jar is a daily occurrence for many of us. After all, nothing makes our furry friends happier than food, right? But when your pet gets too much of a good thing, the pounds can creep on, and this affects their health. If you can prevent pet obesity and keep them at an ideal weight, they have a better chance at a longer and healthier life.

Pet obesity is quickly becoming a major problem for our nation’s dogs and cats – studies show that over 50% of pets in the US are either overweight or obese. What’s more, as many as 95% of pet owners with overweight pets perceive their pet as falling within a healthy weight range. This disconnect is concerning and shows the veterinary community that we need to do a better job in educating pet owners about identifying and preventing pet obesity.

Fortunately pet obesity is recognizable and preventable, and we may even be able to reverse the condition. To that end, Advantage Veterinary Center gives you our best tips on pet obesity and nutrition.

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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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Veterinary Hospital Lobby Etiquette and Safety

Veterinary Hospital Lobby Etiquette is important when taking your pet to the vet

A veterinary hospital lobby is a busy place! It can be fun to see the different animals, chat with other pet owners, and catch up with your reading or work. But the ever changing environment and all the comings and goings can also provide a space for problems to escalate rapidly.

We want all our patients to be safe, and to feel less stress when coming for their veterinary visit. With that in mind, Advantage Veterinary Center is passing along some best practices for veterinary hospital lobby etiquette and safety. With a little knowledge and preparation, we can make your pet’s and other pet’s visits more enjoyable and less stressful.

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Lending a Paw: How Service Animals Help People Thrive

Service animals are usually working dogs that help peopleMost animal lovers know a story or two about an amazing pet who risked their life to help save their human owner or other family member. Even the most “average” pet seems to have super powers when it comes to cheering us up and making us feel better.

Service animals take this idea to the next level as they work alongside their handlers to maintain their independence and to provide safety and companionship. Keep reading to learn more about these inspiring animals and their jobs. Continue…

Decoding Pet Urinary Problems

Most pet urinary problems need to be treated by a veterinarian near me.Almost nothing is more frustrating than a pet who is urinating in an inappropriate place. Not all issues related to the urinary tract are created, equal, though. Advantage Veterinary Center wants to shed a little light on decoding pet urinary problems for our fed up pet owners.

Sometimes There’s a Medical Issue

Pet urinary problems may present in several ways. There may be increased or decreased frequency of urination, straining to urinate, blood in the urine, loss of housetraining, or urinating in inappropriate areas. The hard part lies in the fact that no matter the underlying cause of the issue, the symptoms often appear similarly.

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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…

Understanding Anxiety in Pets

Anxiety in pets can affect pet behavior and pet healthWelcome home! You’ve just unlocked the door and walk inside to find your living room covered with couch stuffing. Or, you walk in and find that your kitty has eliminated on the rug, instead of in the litter box. You grit your teeth and start to clean up, wondering what has come over your pet these days.

Are they angry with you for leaving the house and punishing you? Probably not. Chances are, your pet is experiencing anxiety and fear.

Fear and anxiety in pets are complex problems that manifest themselves in many ways. We thought we’d give you an overview of these issues, and what you can do to help alleviate these feelings in your pet. Continue…