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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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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