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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Ultimate Pet Presents for the Holidays

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Most pet lovers have at least one beloved furry companion on Santa’s gift list. In fact, statistics show that over 90% of pet owners buy Fido or Fluffy gifts this time of year. That’s a lot of wrapping and bows! However, with all the amazing items to choose from, where do you begin finding the perfect gift for your best pal?

The team at Dupont Veterinary Clinic has you covered. Here are some of our favorite gift ideas, as well as some tips for avoiding disastrous pet presents.

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Holiday Pet Safety Tips

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Cat with Holiday PoinsettiaThis time of year, most of us begin focusing on the upcoming holidays. Who will host? What dishes will we make? Is it too early to begin decorating (of course not!)? However, while our to-do lists may be long, holiday pet safety should remain a top priority.

No Feasting for Fido

Keeping pets out of all the delicious food is one of the chief concerns around Thanksgiving and other meal-centric holidays. It’s also important for owners to resist sneaking their fur pals a bite of turkey or gravy at the table. Not only do these habits pose a risk for poisoning, they also increase the possibility of gastrointestinal injuries/obstructions and pancreatitis, a potentially dangerous and painful condition.

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The Amazing Canine: All About Service Dogs

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Feeding the dogThere’s no doubt that dogs are pretty special. Having lived and worked alongside humans for thousands of years, dogs are capable of deep communion with us, bringing joy, love, companionship, and healing. Indeed, the relationship between human and canine is remarkable, and is treasured by anyone who has ever loved a dog, and service dogs are no exception.

The service dog takes this deep and nuanced communion with humans to the next level, providing unprecedented support and life-changing independence for people with disabilities. Discover the wonderful world of service dogs, and find out how you can participate in this amazing program. Continue…

Meet Novak – Mikala’s Service Dog!!

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Service Dog Goldendoodle

Hello DVC Family and Friends!

I’m Novak!! I’ve waited a long time to get to say these words! Do you remember last year when many of you graciously contributed money to “4 Paws For Mikala”? You partnered with a sweet Fort Wayne young lady to help her get her own service dog. Well… after over a year of waiting and training, Mikala and I were finally matched on September 3rd!

Allow me to introduce myself with the letter I sent to Mikala that day:

Dear Mikala,

Hello my new best friend and buddy forever. How the heck are you? Please come tell me in person. I want to meet you soooo bad. I’ve been waiting all my life. When I started working for your class I started to learn about you, well everything but your name, and today I got my match so I could send you this email! Wish you were here! My name is Novak. I hear I am named after a woman who fought for people’s rights and helped people, especially kids. That’s kind of fitting! I just want it to be the name of your dog and it is!

So my litter is the SVU litter born 6/21/15 to mom (Beta) and dad (Doodlebug) and we are Goldendoodles. We were born at 4 Paws and spent our early months in the 4 Paws Puppy Enrichment Program. After graduating I was sent away to prison to learn how to give unconditional love to people some humans find hard to love or care about. Of course it is not really something we have to learn. All dogs are born with this gift and we pass it on to the inmates who are in need of some unconditional love and acceptance! They in return taught us some basic obedience so that when we were paroled we could start college. I went to live in a 4 Paws Foster Home called the Johnson Family Foster Home! Of course I did my graduate work in all things Mikala here at 4 Paws! Now I’m ready and waiting.

XOXOXO Novak

I am so excited to be a part of your community and I will keep you posted as my arrival gets closer.
(September 3, 2016)
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Today was the BEST day of my life!! I got to meet my “Bestie for Life”… and she was all and even more than I had hoped for! Mikala and her family came to 4 Paws for Mobility to begin the final stages of my service dog training together. Would you like a glimpse of the special moment we met!!?? Check out the video here:

I now know what love at first sight is! We are going to be busy, busy, busy these next few weeks as we train together to become an awesome team. I will keep you posted!

Love,
Novak
(September 12, 2016)

My Dog Ate My Homework: Intestinal Blockage in Pets

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Bad dog sitting on the torn pieces of documents“The dog ate my homework!” Is this age-old classroom excuse a reality in your home? If you have a pet who enjoys taking the occasional chomp out of objects around your home, he or she runs the risk of winding up with an intestinal blockage.

Intestinal blockage in pets, also called gastrointestinal obstruction or bowel obstruction, is a fairly common condition. Although all pets are at risk for intestinal blockage, dogs tend to be at higher risk than cats because of their tendencies to eat everything. Continue…

Bark Voyage: The Ins And Outs Of Traveling With A Pet

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Playing with dogSummer’s not over yet, and if you haven’t hit the road (or the sky) for your summer vacation, there’s still time! If you are considering whether traveling with a pet is the right decision for your family, your team at Dupont Veterinary Clinic has got you covered. We’ll walk you through the process of getting your pet ready for travel, safety concerns, as well as making alternate arrangements for your pet when necessary. All aboard! Continue…