A Spotlight on Our Fundraiser for K9 Vests!

Officers stand with their K9 companions

In 2018, 28 police K9s were killed in the line of duty. K9s are not only invaluable assets to any police force, but they are loyal friends, protecting both their officer handler and the community at large. 

Much is expected of K9 officers. They are trained to patrol, track, and locate people, drugs, and explosives, as well as to protect their human partners. K9 officers are in as much danger of being shot or injured as human police officers, but unlike human officers, most don’t wear protective vests. 

Learn about how Dupont Veterinary Clinic, along with other groups, worked hard to change that right here in the Fort Wayne Police Department.

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Client Spotlight: Anne and Chris Bohlman and Their Incredible Therapy Dogs

Fort Wayne is a pretty great place to live, thanks in no small part to the residents. At Dupont Veterinary Clinic we are extremely fortunate to get to know so many incredible local families and their pets, such as Anne and Chris Bohlman and their dogs, Bessie, Dana, and MiniMoo. 

The Bohlmans, along with their three trained therapy dogs, have been volunteering their time and energy in our community for the past 14 years. We’re thrilled to share the Bohlman’s story with our readers, and to highlight the ways in which therapy dogs enrich human lives and bring communities together.

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Getting a Paw Up on Osteoarthritis in Pets

Almost all pets (and people) are affected by arthritis at some point in their lifetime. While it is not always a debilitating condition, it certainly can affect the quality of life.

At Dupont Veterinary Clinic, we are big proponents of treating osteoarthritis in pets early and aggressively to ensure the happiest pet possible.

Arthritis Basics

A normal joint consists of two bones held together by a joint capsule. Between the two bones there is a spongy padding called cartilage. A slippery substance called synovial fluid bathes and lubricates the joint as well.  

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The Power of Platelet Rich Plasma in Veterinary Medicine

As people working in the veterinary field, the staff at Dupont Veterinary Clinic want to do everything we can to help animals. We work hard each day to relieve pain and suffering, and to help our patients get well.

Part of being good at our job means staying ahead of advances in veterinary medicine and riding the forefront of new treatments and diagnostic testing. The use of platelet rich plasma in our hospital is just one example of how we are striving to bring the best to our pet patients.

Principles of Platelet Rich Plasma

Platelet rich plasma, otherwise referred to as PRP, is the portion of centrifuged blood that contains a concentrated number of platelets. These are the cells in the blood that facilitate clotting.

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A Growing Concern: Heartworm Disease in Pets

The winter thaw is on the horizon, and as we move toward the warmer weather of spring we’re preparing for a new season of creeping, crawling, and flying bugs. Of these, perhaps the most annoying, and potentially deadly, is the mosquito.

With their bite, mosquitoes can transmit a dangerous parasite to pets known as heartworm. Found in all 50 states, complications from heartworm infection can include exercise intolerance, shortness of breath, collapse, and even sudden death in dogs and cats. It’s important to make sure we understand the dangers of heartworm disease in pets, first.

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The Light Fantastic: Laser Therapy for Pets

Have you noticed your older kitty slowing down lately? Maybe your agility dog has an injury that just won’t heal. In these and many other scenarios, it’s possible that laser therapy could be an answer to your pet’s pain and discomfort.

Used for years in humans, laser therapy for pets uses Class IV laser light to stimulate healthy cell growth, repair damaged cells, and promote healing and pain relief. This therapy is now available at Dupont Veterinary Clinic, and we are thrilled to share its benefits with our patients and clients.  

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How to Choose Safe Chew Toys for Your Pet

Dog Playing Outside With Chew Toy In Mouth

Anyone who’s ever lived with a pet knows that some habits die hard, especially those that have been ingrained for thousands of years. That angelic fluff ball perched on your couch may look like your furry best friend, but the reality is that our domesticated dogs and cats are basically wild animals masquerading as pets. We’re made acutely aware of this when Fido rips our new slippers to shreds or when Fluffy drops a lifeless mouse at our feet.

Chewing is another one of those hard-wired behaviors. Making sure that pets have an appropriate outlet for this activity is the key to avoiding dangerous or destructive chewing. Luckily, the team at Dupont Veterinary Clinic has the scoop on safe chew toys and what to avoid to protect your pet.

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Learning Together: Dupont Veterinary Clinic’s Top 5 Blogs of 2018

Dog Running Through Grass With Ball In Mouth

Another year has come to a close, and the team at Dupont Veterinary Clinic couldn’t be more pleased with the growth of our practice and all the pets (and pet owners) we were fortunate enough to get to know. We’ve shared laughter and learning with you all,  as well as a few tears, and we are grateful for your trust in us.

We have truly enjoyed writing and publishing this blog for you, as well. We feel our blog is a great opportunity to facilitate a stronger human-animal bond between you and your pets, as well as educate on pet health and ownership issues that matter most to our community. We’re honored that you have enjoyed our blog this past year, and are looking forward to looking back at the Dupont Veterinary Clinic’s top 5 most blogs of 2018…

Enjoy!

Dupont Veterinary Clinic’s Top 5 Blogs of 2018

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Volunteering With Your Pet During The Holidays

Girl In Hospital Bed Happily Petting Golden Retriever

During the holidays, many of us think of friends and family first and foremost. Those less fortunate also are never far from our thoughts during this season of gratitude and giving, of course, and even during our own holiday hustle and bustle we tend to smile more at strangers, bake for the neighbors, and even sometimes volunteer our time for a holiday charity.

Pet owners know that our pets give us unconditional love, and the holiday season seems like a perfect time to spread that love. Volunteering with your pet during the holidays is an opportunity to make a difference in the lives of others while spending quality time with your furry family.

Here are a few ways to get started!

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Scrap the Table Scraps: Thanksgiving Foods That Can Be Harmful to Pets

Dog Looking Up With Sad Eyes

It’s that special time of year that includes family time, fall hikes, and delicious Thanksgiving dishes. Unfortunately, it’s also that time of year that may include a scenario like this: the trash can on the floor, its contents all over the kitchen, leftover turkey carcass and bits of foil smeared everywhere.

As you clean up the mess, you may be wondering how much and what your pet ate. Instead of rushing to Dr. Google, please call us to ensure your pet’s safety!

While this scenario can occur at any time of the year, holidays like Thanksgiving definitely see an uptick in pets ingesting foods that can be harmful to them. To help you navigate the holiday, Dupont Veterinary Clinic wants to alert you to thanksgiving foods that can be harmful to pets, and give you some safe and healthy alternatives.

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