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New in the Medicine Cabinet: CBD Oil for Pets

If you’ve heard the whispers at the doggy park you might have heard the new treatment for various disorders in pets – CBD oil.  CBD oil is closely associated with cannabis, despite not always being produced from marijuana plants, so its use in veterinary medicine is very new and relatively unstudied.  Now, however, vets have started turning to CBD oil as a solution for a wide variety of symptoms in pets – from seizure prevention to pain management.

Here is some information about what CBD oil is, what it is being used for, and why this new treatment is so controversial. [Read more…]

What Is Lurking In Your Pet Bowl?

Scuzzy, cloudy, grimy…none of these are adjectives you want near your pets’ water or food bowl.  Despite this, sometimes the cleaning routine slips away from you and you find yourself looking at a bowl definitely in need of a scouring.  Let’s take a look at what happens when you don’t clean your bowl regularly, and whether it is anything to get your fur mussed over. [Read more…]

Pet Incontinence and Its Causes

When coming home to suspicious yellow puddles around the house, an owner must turn into an instant sleuth, and we are here to help.  Furry Footsteps LLC is exploring the reasons for cat and dog medical incontinence, and what to do about it when discovered. While behavioral urination is always a possibility when you find urine around the house, we will be exploring incontinence due to medical issues.  Please read on for more information! [Read more…]

Vestibular Disease – What to Know If It Happens to Your Pet

A fancy word for a complicated illness, vestibular disease is very likely to happen when you least expect it. Also known as “Old Dog Disease”, though it can affect both cats and dogs, it is more likely to happen when your pet approaches their grey muzzle years.  While vestibular disease often resolves itself, the symptoms can be unnerving for the unprepared.  Read up on the different types, causes and treatments for this illness that can occur at any time and without warning. [Read more…]

Spring Showers Bring New Hazards for Your Pet

Spring is the best time of the year; warmer weather means extended visits outside the house, the world no longer looks grey and dreary, and you and your pet can explore the great outdoors with new appreciation.  Springtime also brings unique dangers to your pets’ health which often go unnoticed until a sudden visit to the vet is necessary.  We found six of the most common hazards for your pet to watch out for during Spring, detailed below: [Read more…]

The Benefits of Pet Health Insurance

“It’s going to be how much?” I asked, hoping I was hearing zeros where there weren’t.

“About $1500 for the surgery, and a little more for medication and follow-up visits.”  My vet said apologetically.  

We had visited after my bulldog took one of her usual running leaps onto a deck and didn’t quite make it, continuing to limp around the house for days.  X-rays revealed she had snapped her medial collateral ligament, or MCL.  The vet had recommended repairing it with surgery, and I, a poor student who adored her dog, agreed.  I applied for a CareCredit pet care loan, and she had her surgery that week.  I made payments on my loan for over a year due to a high interest rate.  The surgery happened when my dog was five-years-old, and she is now a very happy and healthy twelve-year-old. [Read more…]

The Importance of Dental Care for Your Pets

As a pet owner you may be very familiar with this scene; it’s another early morning and your dog wants to go out, he comes by your side of the bed to be the alarm clock and then his breath hits you.  Suddenly, you’re wide awake to the smell of not-so-fresh breath, and your first stop for the morning is to get some minty dog biscuits.  [Read more…]

Dog Flu: What it Looks Like and What to Do?

Unless you have been living off the grid recently, you may have heard about the invasion of a new disease for your dog.  A particularly scary video showed a dog repeatedly jerking their head, almost like a seizure, that admonishes owners to watch out for the flu.  The real question is; what is dog flu, what can you do about it, and should you really be worried?  Read on to explore what we learned after thoroughly researching this topic!

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Voluntary Cat Food Recall: Wellness

We have learned that there has been a voluntary recall for Wellness cat food.  It appears a foreign material was found in a non-Wellness product; however, the product was manufactured in the same facility as Wellness brand food. The company has stepped up to alert consumers in the remote chance that their food may be affected.  The original statement is posted below. 

We have many clients that feed Wellness and we have fed it in the past. It is a high quality food and we were impressed at the company’s disclosure even though it appears that there’s a low chance that any of this foreign material was actually found in their cat food.

Please share this important information to all you know that may be affected.

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Cold Weather Safety Tips for Pets

Unless you live or winter in a warm climate, there’s a good chance that during this time of year, you’ve have to adjust your pet’s lifestyle (and your own) to accommodate the frigid temperatures.

Because our pets have fur, we often do not think about protecting them from the elements. However, our furry family members need protection from the cold winter temperatures as well.

Read on for tips on protecting and maintaining your pet’s health during the cold, dry winter months!

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