Don’t Eat That! A Spotlight on Foreign Bodies in Pets

Pets are curious by nature, and their obvious delight in investigating new or interesting objects is part of what makes them so lovable. The trouble begins when Fido or Fluffy go from innocently sniffing that sock left on the floor, to swallowing it whole. Some small items may pass through your pet’s GI tract, but it doesn’t take much for a foreign body to become lodged somewhere along the way, creating a dangerous and life-threatening situation for a pet.

The ingestion of foreign bodies in pets is rarely ever without consequence. Learning to recognize the signs of a GI obstruction, along with lots of supervision and a thorough pet-proofing, are the keys to keeping your furry loved one safe and healthy. Continue…

Recognizing the Signs of a Pet Emergency

A pet emergency can seriously threaten your pet's healthSometimes, it’s obvious when an animal requires veterinary care. However, because they’re hardwired to hide any signs of weakness, it can also be very difficult to discern when your pet needs professional help. Even owners who feel in tune with their pets experience some level of doubt regarding what their pet is truly going through.

That’s where we come in. Sure, a pet could just have indigestion or be having an “off day,” but a true pet emergency is plain to see – once you know what to look for.

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Choosing a veterinary hospital that you trust is a major decision. We honor your choice by providing the best care possible to your best fur friend. This includes routine wellness exams and pet emergency care. Continue…

A Place in Our Hearts: The Human–Animal Bond

human animal bondIt’s no secret that cats and dogs, horses and birds, and all other pets give us joy and unconditional love every day. The human-animal bond is powerful, and that link goes beyond companionship. We see this bond on display often in our veterinary hospital, and feel fortunate to celebrate the human-animal bond each and every day with our patients and clients.

But, what exactly is it? Why is it so good for us? Dupont Veterinary Clinic decided to find out more about the human-animal bond, and we’re sharing our findings here, with you.

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Pet Toxins in the Medicine Cabinet

Pet ToxinsIf you live with a pet, it’s likely you have to be more observant of what ends up on the floor or anywhere within your pet’s reach. Much like a toddler, our furry friends have a way of exploring the world with their mouths, and things we assume would be unappetizing may not be off-limits at all.

According to the Pet Poison Helpline, over half the calls they receive each year relate to human medications that pets have ingested. Over-the-counter and prescription medications can range from mildly harmful to life threatening. Because these meds can be found in many homes, the team at Dupont Veterinary Clinic wants to remind pet owners to be cautious when it comes to these everyday pet toxins.

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A Closer Look at Cat Vaccinations

Cat VaccinationsTo be a cat owner, you have to be a cat lover. And to truly love cats, you have to support their overall health and day-to-day wellness. This means providing them with “creature comforts” and ensuring they remain safe from infectious diseases. While cat vaccinations are tailored to the unique needs of each pet, they’re a critical line of defense for cats in general.

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What a Year! Announcing Our Five Best Pet Blogs of 2017

While you’re busy sticking to those New Year’s resolutions, remember it’s also a good time to reflect on the recent past. What did you learn from 2017? Are there any moments that stood out? How will you make 2018 even better?

At Dupont Veterinary Clinic, one of our objectives is to continue to improve our services to provide the very best care to our pet patients. Offering our clients educational resources, such as our blog, is paramount to this effort. After all, good at home care is the underpinning of great health and wellbeing for our furriest loved ones.

After reviewing the response from 2017’s blog posts, we’ve compiled the best pet blogs from the past year as determined by our readers. Here you go!

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Much Ado About the Canine Flu

canine fluIf you’ve been in recently or have taken your pooch to boarding facilities, groomers, or dog parks, you may have heard talk about canine influenza. Perhaps we recommended the vaccine for your dog or you were told that Fluffy can’t have her bath without it. So, what exactly is this canine flu and why have you been hearing about it? At Dupont Veterinary Clinic, we’re here to help!

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Chasing Away the Winter Blues: Activities for You and Your Pet

winter activitesThrough all of the hustle and bustle of the holidays, and well into the cold gray days of winter, it’s understandable that we get a little stir-crazy. This is also true for our pets. Cabin fever can set in without a little imagination and enrichment for indoor and cold weather activities.

The Dupont Veterinary Clinic team has a few tips and tricks for some incredible activities for you and your pet, to chase away those winter blues.

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Exotic Pet Wellness Care

exotic petsReptiles, birds, and small mammals can make wonderful pets. Watching them go about their daily lives, interacting with them, and caring for the can be fun, educational, and deeply satisfying.

It’s important to note, though, that while most exotic pets seem easy to care for, it isn’t always the case. These special pets often have specific requirements regarding nutrition and environment, and need regular wellness checkups just like dogs and cats. Learning about exotic pet wellness is essential to providing a good quality of life for one of these small, but amazing, animals!

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

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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