Prepare for the Worst: How to Recognize and Treat Antifreeze Poisoning in Pets

A cat playing in snow

Most pet owners develop a certain mindset regarding their pet’s overall health and safety. The concept of “whatever can go wrong, will go wrong” might not necessarily be the healthiest or most sustainable, but it can serve to keep pets as safe as possible. Regarding antifreeze poisoning in pets, being able to assess a pet’s risk of exposure is an important key. It’s also essential to know what the symptoms are and what to do if your pet ever shows signs of poisoning.

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A Guide to Diabetes in Dogs

A dog next to a syringe.

In some ways animals and humans are very similar. Unfortunately, this means they are affected by many of the same disease processes that humans face. One of these shared experiences is the development of diabetes mellitus. About 1 in 500 pets is affected by diabetes. So what do you need to know about diabetes in dogs? Keep reading to learn about how this disease affects our pets and how to recognize it.

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How to Leash Train a Puppy in 5 Easy Steps

Woman trains Corgi puppy on a leash.

Walking on a leash with some manners is an essential skill for any well-groomed pup, from a tiny shih tzu to a gargantuan great Dane. How to get a puppy to walk on a leash like a civilized being isn’t always apparent, though. Based on our years of experience, your friends at Dupont Veterinary Clinic have the tips you need on how to leash train a puppy successfully. Read on to learn our secrets.

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The Nose Knows: Understanding Your Dog’s Sense of Smell

Close up of hound dog sniffing.

The canine species is pretty well known for its excellent sniffer. From drug detecting police dogs, to search and rescue dogs, to your family friend who always seems to know when dinner is ready, the evidence is clear. But what can a dog smell exactly, and why is their sense of smell so sensitive? 

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Can Dogs Sweat to Cool Down?

A weenie dog cools down after a workout.

In the absence of an efficient cooling system, dogs require special attention to fluctuating internal body temperatures. This is especially true during the hottest summer days, and even more so in dogs with dark fur coats, or thick double coats. Since they are covered with thousands of hair follicles, dogs sweat through their paws, nose, and tongue. 

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The Dreaded Reverse Sneeze: Pet Danger or No Big Deal?

A wrinkly Brazilian Mastiff sneezing.

If you have never encountered a pet who is suffering from a reverse sneeze episode before, it can be pretty disconcerting. Is that dramatic display of snorting and gagging something to consider a pet emergency, though? Dupont Veterinary Clinic has the answers to your burning questions about the dreaded reverse sneeze. 

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Your Dog Has a Limp, Time to Investigate Why

Limping Dog.

An older dog may start to show signs of aging in the ways they move. Or, rather, by restrictions to their movements. Osteoarthritis is a very real threat to the health and well-being of senior pets. Among other symptoms, limping can become part of their new normal. Luckily, changes to their nutrition, treatment, and lifestyle accommodations can go a long way toward easing their aching joints.

There could be other explanations behind a sudden or gradual disruption to a dog’s gait. If your dog has a limp, we encourage you to take steps toward understanding why and what you can do to help.

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Dog Behavior: What to Do About Pet Aggression

Fort Wayne, Indiana dog acting aggressive.

Puppies exhibit certain (and harmless) behaviors like biting and growling that allow them to discover how to fit in with the family. We teach our pups manners, and they grow to become happy members of the household. Unless they don’t. 

Dogs that become increasingly aggressive as they mature out of their puppy years can lead to a lot of problems, especially if they display aggression towards humans or other animals. If your dog is becoming more and more aggressive, the team at Dupont Veterinary Clinic can help.

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Dogs Eat Grass For All Sorts of Reasons, But Should They?

A dog eats grass.
The Airedaile Terrier dog eats the grass at the backyard

Since dogs explore the world around them through their nose and mouth, it makes sense that they try to taste as much as they can. Socks, table food, feces, and more round out the canine palette. Some of their choices are, well, less than “choice,” but as long as they aren’t harmed by their explorations, it’s usually okay (provided you can get beyond the gross factor). At the top of the list of brow-raising antics is eating plant matter. Dogs eat grass (and other green things) for many reasons, but does that mean it’s safe?

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Working From Home With Your Pet: The Way Of The Future?

A cat lies on the keyboard as someone tries to type.

Over the course of the last year, the home has turned into the center for living, entertainment, and even working. While working from home with your pet might have seemed exciting at first, a lot of us quickly saw how our pets can make it harder to stay productive throughout the day. 

Whether your cat uses your keyboard as his own personal jungle gym or your dog likes to start barking as soon as you log into a virtual meeting, it is definitely a transition to figure out how to coexist…and cowork…with your furry, scaly, and feathery friends. 

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