Puppy Crate Training Harder Than Expected?

Is the honeymoon period is over? If this is your reality you figured out that crate training a young puppy is a lot of hard work! I tell my clients to not get discouraged but to set the puppy up for success. First, and most important, use a crate. Crate training is the best way to contain your puppy safely. Crates are not bad-they contain your puppy so he or she doesn’t get into trouble-much like a baby’s car seat.  The crate becomes a place of security for the puppy. When introduced correctly, it becomes the puppy’s safe spot and
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Lasers and Pets!

The latest and greatest pain relief for pets are LASERS! Class IV Therapy Lasers reduce pain and inflammation caused by a variety of issues. Lasers are used to treat arthritis, hot spots, anal gland problems, lick granulomas, non-healing wounds, strains, sprains, aid in fracture healing, bladder inflammation, ear infections, and back and neck problems. Theses are just a few of the conditions in which lasers can help. They are safe, painless and fast. A single treatment takes between 5-10 minutes and can instantly relieve pain and inflammation. Even better is that your pet requires very little “restraint” to have a single
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Your Pet and Preventatives

Why is heartworm prevention so important? Heartworm disease in dogs, cats and ferrets is very serious business. It is so much easier (and cheaper) to prevent heartworm disease than it is to treat it AND heartworm disease can cause heart failure, chronic asthma and sometimes death. Heartworm is an actual worm that grows in the heart of your pet. It is transmitted by mosquitos. So if your pet is bit by a mosquito it could get heartworm disease. Once your pet is bit by a mosquito that is carrying heartworm disease, it will take 6 months to develop in your
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Your Pet Could Be Hurting, and You May Not Even Know It…

   Your Pet Could Be Hurting & You May Not Even Know It…        We love our pets and the number one question I get from owners is “Do you think he is in pain?” and let’s face it… they can’t tell us when they’re hurting, and your dog or cat could be. It’s remarkably common. One of the most prevalent health care problems in dogs and cats is usually preventable and/or curable… it is periodontal disease.      Most troubling is your pet’s dental problems can lead to health challenges far beyond “dog breath” or tooth extractions. Left untreated,
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What did my chicken eat?!!!

Have you ever wondered what your chickens are eating when they are free ranging? Well, they eat anything they can find. Yes, normally they eat bugs, seeds and some plants but often they also ingest shiny objects like screws, rocks and other mineralized objects. It is very important to watch your chickens so they do not become ill from eating things they are not supposed to. Sometimes the shiny items they eat contain lead and they can become very sick. Signs of lead toxicity can be weight loss, lethargy and sometimes seizures. Chickens can be treated for lead toxicity and
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Pet Obesity is an Epidemic!

It is estimated that over 54% of dogs and cats are overweight or obese. That is truly frightening when you think about that, over half of our pets are at increased risk of disease because we are not controlling what we feed them and how we exercise them. Heart disease, diabetes, orthopedic problems and skin issues are all directly related to being overweight. These issues can be prevented by keeping your pet lean. After 20 years of being in practice, I have found the #1 reason pets live a long time is because they are lean and exercised. There are
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