Volunteering With Your Pet at the Holidays

Volunteering with your pet over the holidays can be a great way to spread holiday cheer

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

Thanksgiving foods can make pets sick

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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How To Remove A Tick – And 4 Ways Not To

Do you know how to remove a tick from your pet?It’s tick season here in our neck of the woods, and although summer is winding down, the tick population is definitely not. If your pet spends a lot of time in the great outdoors, you probably know that ticks are a problem to be prepared for.

But have you ever had to remove a tick

There are a lot of common misconceptions about this process, so we thought we’d spend some time going over the basics, as well as things not to do.

Tick Dangers

Most of us know that tick bites are painful and uncomfortable. They’re also dangerous. Tick bites can transmit debilitating diseases to humans and pets, such as: Continue…

How to Help If You Find A Stray Pet

If you find a stray pet, check for a pet microchip!Many of us have come across a wandering stray dog or cat and wondered what to do. If you find a stray pet, keep in mind that the animal may be lost and have loving owners frantically searching for him or her. If a pet has been lost for several weeks, they will be dirty, skinny and have fleas, even if from a wonderful home. Although you may not want to sound a false alarm, it’s likely that the pet needs help and you should take action if possible.

Dupont Veterinary Clinic applauds your desire to help animals in need, which is why we have outlined the steps you can take if you ever do find a stray pet.

If You Find A Stray Pet

Approach carefully – When lost and confused, even animals from good homes may run away from you or bite. The pet may also be injured, and in pain. If you’re at all concerned for your own safety, call animal control or the police for assistance. Speak calmly, and try to lure the pet with food into a carrier or your car, or restrain him with a leash. Continue…

The Power of Microchipping Your Pet

Microchipping your pet is one of the best things you can do to prevent permanent separation, but the practice raises concerns with some pet owners.The movie Homeward Bound details the arduous journey three pets (2 dogs, 1 feisty cat) make to reunite with beloved family. Part of the reason the story is so compelling is because each human and animal character is absolutely heartbroken about the unpredictable separation – and for good reason. The human-animal bond is so rich and nuanced, it’s downright terrible when a pet gets lost or turns up missing. The good news is that microchipping your pet can guard against such a fate, and can facilitate a quick and easy reunion. Continue…

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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