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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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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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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How to Help If You Find A Stray Pet

Dog Being Pet On The NeckMany 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…

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

Dog Pulling On Rope Chew ToyPets 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…

Pet Toxins in the Medicine Cabinet

Sleeping Puppy Surrounded By Prescription Drug BottlesIf 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 Being Vaccinated While Laying On Metal Table To 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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Chasing Away the Winter Blues: Activities for You and Your Pet

Child Walking Through Snow With White Dog On A LeashThrough 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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Things That Go Bark in the Night: All About Halloween Pet Safety

A Cat Laying Down On Carpet While Dressed As A HotdogIf 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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Pet Microchipping

pet microchippingAt some point during your adventure in pet owning, there will come a near-miss pet escape or a situation where your pet has actually gone missing. Even the most well-behaved pet can get loose through a broken fence, a gate or door accidentally left open, during the commotion of guests coming and going, or any number of ways.

While we recommend that your pet always wear his or her collar with current ID tags, pet microchipping may be the best way to increase the odds of being reunited with your pet should he or she become lost.

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