Dupont Veterinary Clinic’s Top 5 Blogs of 2020!

Oh 2020… You rascal of a year. You’ve certainly had more than your fair share up ups and downs and, truth be told, we are not necessarily sad to see you go.

Yet, for all the challenges you’ve thrown at us, one thing most of us can agree on is that it has been a banner year for our pets! Pet adoption boomed in the face of the pandemic. Many of us were home more than usual, resulting in an increase of snuggles, daily walks, and overall companionship. And, many of you took advantage of your time to learn more about your pets’ quirks, behaviors, and health needs.

We appreciate you, our readers, for turning so often to Dupont Veterinary Clinic’s pet health blog. It warms our hearts that you entrust your pets’ care to our team.

And now, without further ado…

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Cuteness Overload: Guinea Pig Care and Keeping

Ever so adorable and endearing, guinea pigs have long-enjoyed their status as popular family pets, particularly for those looking to adopt a fur-friend that is both inexpensive and non-destructive. 

That said, there are also a slew of popular misconceptions about guinea pigs. These misnomers include the belief that they are low-maintenance pets who do not require much space, social interaction, or veterinary care. 

Whether you are considering adopting a guinea pig, or already have, it’s important to educate yourself on guinea pig care and what these adorable creatures need to not only survive, but thrive as a member of your furry family.

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Celebrating Veterinary Technicians and the Extraordinary Services They Provide

While most pet owners refer to their primary veterinarian when speaking of their pet’s medical care, you may be surprised just how much a veterinary technician does. In fact, veterinary technicians are the first to assess your pet, as well as provide important screening and diagnostic services. They are an essential part of a successful, high quality veterinary practice.

The team at Dupont Veterinary Clinic wants to put a spotlight on how essential our fantastic technicians are and the expertise, education, drive, and compassion required for the job.

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A Corny Conundrum: Why Do My Dog’s Paws Smell like Corn Chips?

No one ever thinks a dog smells great all of the time. In fact, most doggos have a musty odor to them, especially when they get wet. But if you have ever gotten a quick whiff of your dog’s feet, it may have reminded you of something… Is that… corn chips? 

“Frito feet” may seem like a mystery, but we get the question of, “Why do my dog’s paws smell like corn chips?” all the time. 

Your friends at Dupont Veterinary Clinic are here to uncover the reasons beyond this strange smell and what you can do to keep your pet’s paws healthy and stank-free.

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Why You Should Consider Adopting A Disabled Pet

When a prospective pet owner is on the lookout for a new pet, a deaf cat or three-legged dog probably isn’t what they’re searching for. The truth is, life with a disabled pet can be just as rewarding, if not more so, than with that “perfect” puppy or kitten.

Unfortunately, disabled pets aren’t adopted very often, if at all. By bringing home a disabled pet, you will not only be saving a life, you’ll be reaping all of the wonderful health, social, and psychological benefits associated with living with a pet!

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Get to Know Your Dupont Veterinary Clinic Doctors! 

If you’ve spent any time with us here at Dupont Veterinary Clinic, you know that we place a huge emphasis on the relationship between our staff and you.

An important part of providing your pet with the caring and professional service they deserve is cultivating a relationship between our staff and you! 

To help you get to know us a little better, we sat down for a little Q and A session with our doctors. Some of their answers to our questions may surprise you!

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The Golden Years: How To Take Great Care of Your Senior Pet

There’s an age old dictum that rings with truth, “Gettin’ old ain’t for the faint of heart!” Unfortunately, this applies to our canine and feline companions as well. But it’s also important to remember that although getting older is not optional, suffering in old age can be. In other words, your pet can still enjoy good health, and be active and pain free as they move through their senior years. Your veterinarian can help make this a reality. 

If you are a pet owner, it’s likely (we hope) that you will be caring for a senior pet at some point. By working together, we can ensure your senior pet has the happy and healthy golden years they deserve. 

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Protect Your Furry Friends with Our Fall Pet Safety Tips

The crisp autumn air is a refreshing change from the stifling Indiana summer, and for many of us fall is a favorite time of year. 

Pets enjoy the cooler weather too, but autumn brings with it a whole new crop of dangers for our four-legged family members. We know your pet’s health and safety is your top priority, which is why we are starting the season off with a fall pet safety review!

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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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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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