Things That Go Bark in the Night: All About Halloween Pet Safety

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halloween pet safetyIf your pet loves wearing a costume and greeting gaggles of tiny princesses and superheroes at the front door, then Halloween is certainly as much fun for him or her as it is for the two-legged members of the family. This spooky time of year isn’t without its risks, however, even for those pets that enjoy all the festivities. Follow our Halloween pet safety tips to keep your four-legged pal safe and comfortable this year.

Treat Talk

Humans aren’t the only ones with a sweet tooth; pets find candy, cookies, and other treats just as irresistible as us. Most owners already know that chocolate is bad for dogs, but there are other potential dangers lurking in your child’s trick-or-treat bag. This includes Xylitol (an artificial sweetener that’s extremely toxic to dogs), raisins, and macadamia nuts. To be safe, stash all candy and treats out of reach of your fur friend.

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Smooth and Safe: The Many Ways to Prepare Your Pet for a New Baby

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If your precious pet is about to play second fiddle to a squirming, crying human baby, he or she might not have the best reaction. After all, your pet was your first baby, and now you’re going to upset the perception that he or she is the center of your universe.

If you have visions of a happy family life complete with a cat’s purr or dog’s wagging tail, don’t worry. There are many ways you can prepare your pet for a new baby. Achieve household harmony by continuing to place your pet’s happiness, security, and health at the top of the list.

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Rogue Kitties: All About Feral Cat Colonies

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feral cat coloniesEven avid cat lovers know what a nuisance feral cat colonies can be. Groups of cats multiply quickly, and with them come problems that can be devastating to watch. Thankfully, there has been more attention given to these felines in need, and programs are popping up all over the country to deal with feral populations.

Your friends at Dupont Veterinary Clinic know how much you care for kitties, and we think it’s important for all of our clients to know the proper way to deal with feral cat colonies.

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Pet Microchipping

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pet microchippingAt some point during your adventure in pet owning, there will come a near-miss pet escape or a situation where your pet has actually gone missing. Even the most well-behaved pet can get loose through a broken fence, a gate or door accidentally left open, during the commotion of guests coming and going, or any number of ways.

While we recommend that your pet always wear his or her collar with current ID tags, pet microchipping may be the best way to increase the odds of being reunited with your pet should he or she become lost.

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Adventure Calls! What You Need to Know About Camping with Pets

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camping with petsCamping is a beloved summer activity for many families, and Indiana is home to a wide variety of scenic spots to pitch your tent. Including the family pet can make the experience even more memorable. After all, who doesn’t relish the sight of a happy pup frolicking through the woods or along the lakeshore?

Camping with pets is not without some risks, however. Careful planning and preparation is necessary for a safe and enjoyable experience for your pet, and your team at Dupont Veterinary Clinic is here to help you get set up for success!

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Scratch that Itch: Getting a handle on Allergies in Pets

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Many pet owners may have experienced allergy problems in their pets, sometimes without even realizing it. While humans tend to suffer from sneezing, runny noses, and watery eyes, allergies in pets generally crop up as skin and ear problems.

Allergies can make your pet miserable, and may even be detrimental to his or her health. With the right tools and a little elbow grease, it’s possible to manage your pet’s allergies, which will make both of you feel much better!

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Pet Obesity: How to Keep Your Pet at a Healthy Weight

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A portly pet is an adorable pet, right? That’s what most memes and other animal images in the media often imply. However, overweight pets face several health risks, including a shortened lifespan.

As humans battle their own expanding waistlines, overweight and obese pets have followed a similar pattern. Over the past decade, the percentage of overweight pets has risen to more than half of all household cats and dogs (roughly 85 million). Unfortunately, this trend of pet obesity seems to be on the rise, showing no signs of slowing down.

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Home Pet Dental Care: The Key to a Healthy Mouth

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By age 3, up to 85 percent of pet dogs and cats exhibit some signs of periodontal disease. As we discussed last month, untreated periodontal disease can spell big problems for a pet, including damage to the heart, kidneys, and other major organs, not to mention possible tooth loss and significant pain.

Anything a pet owner can do to reduce the amount of plaque and tartar buildup on their pets’ teeth will have a big impact on the overall health. Regular home pet dental care is key in keeping your pet’s pearly whites healthy. Good oral health can add years to a pet’s life, and can keep those years more comfortable.

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An Owner’s Guide to Periodontal Disease in Pets

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Periodontal disease is one of the most common health problems among dogs and cats. Without proper dental care and professional cleanings, many pets lose or break teeth. They may also suffer from inflammation, infection, and diseases affecting the major organs of the body.

To learn more about periodontal disease in pets, the team at Dupont Veterinary Clinic has put together an overview of the condition and how you can protect your pet.

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Choosing the Right Breed for Your Family

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Adding a pet into your family can be a big decision. Should you get a Dog? A cat? A gerbil..? Once you have decided that adding a fuzzy (or feathered… or scaly?) family member is the right move for all involved, you’ll need to put some careful thought into which pet you choose.

One size does not fit all when it comes to matching the best pet to a family, and choosing the right species is essential. You also need to carefully consider all the options when it comes to choosing the right breed within the species, in order to ensure a good fit for your home.

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