Five Years After Tumor Removal, Brandy is Doing Great

Brandy had a nasty tumor removed from her eyelid five years ago at Columbus Small Animal Hospital. To look at her today, you can hardly tell she ever had a problem.

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Nine-year-old Dachsund Responds to Acupuncture and Other Treatments

The Columbus Small Animal Hospital used acupuncture, physical therapy and other treatments to restore Frankie's freedom of movement.

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Hit by a Car, Rocky Makes a Miraculous Recovery

Rocky was in hopeless condition after suffering a severe back injury when he was struck by a car.

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Columbus Small Animal Hospital Receives 2017 Best of Columbus Award

Columbus Small Animal Hospital, P.C. has been selected for the 2017 Best of Columbus Award in the Veterinary Services category by the Columbus Award Program.

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There is a Better Way to Help Your Dog During Fireworks and Thunderstorms

There are new innovative and more effective ways to help your dog. If you have a noise-averse dog, make an appointment today to learn more.

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Months After ACL Surgery, Butters is Going Strong

Months after having ACL surgery as well as surgery to correct a meniscal injury, Butters is going strong.

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Acupuncture and Therapeutic Laser Help Rowdy Heal

Acupuncture and Class IV therapeutic laser treatments help this energetic farm dog return to life as he once knew it.

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Immunotherapy Gives Dozer Long-term Relief

Dozer gets long-term relief from allergies.

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Dash Gets Better and Stays Better

Dash's intervertebral disc disease was treated with acupuncture, Class IV therapeutic laser and other means, and he makes a complete recovery.

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Chloe's Intervertebral Disc Disease Responds to Non-invasive Treatments

Over the span of three days, she goes from barely walking to running and jumping.

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Lovie the Cat Has a Medial Patellar Luxation

It is rare for a cat to have a medial patellar luxation, but that's what Lovie's problem is.

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Happy the Cat Has a Hip Fracture

Surgical removal of the femoral head makes Happy happy again.

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Surgery Saves Cat's Leg After Severe Fracture

Sheldon the cat has a fracture severe enough for amputation to be a possibility.

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Tiny Kitten's Leg Fracture Healed With a Bone Plate

Annie the kitten has a nasty fracture in one of her tiny legs.

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Knowing CPR Could Save Your Pet’s Life

Familiarizing yourself with these guidelines now can save your furry family member later.

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Duke the Boxer Needs Two ACL Repairs

When Duke is recovered, no one would be able to tell he ever had a problem!

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Jasper is Spared a Trip to Omaha

The Columbus Small Animal Hospital fixed Jasper up, saving the time and expense of a trip to Omaha.

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Cat's Multiple Hip Fractures Require Precise Repair

Precision surgery for multiple fracture puts Bob back on all four feet.

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Rin the Cat Has a Tough Jaw Fracture

The doctors at the Columbus Small Animal Hospital find a way to repair Rin's difficult jaw fracture.

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Maya the Ferret Suffers from Ear Mites

Maya the ferret is feeling miserable because she has ear mites.

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Tiny Yorkie Breaks Both Front Legs at the Same Time

Surgery and Class IV therapeutic laser help Rigby fully recover.

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Butters the 100-Pound Lab Needs ACL Surgery

Surgery at Columbus Small Animal Hospital gets her back in the game.

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Class IV Therapeutic Laser Helps Silas Recover from Neck Wounds

After Silas is bitten by another dog, the use of a Class IV therapeutic laser speeds his healing.

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Spot the Farm Cat Has Two Fractured Legs

Complete recovery from leg fractures.

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Beware of Counterfeit Pet Medications

Pet med counterfeiting is a genuine problem. Protect yourself by making sure you purchase your pet meds from a credible source.

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Sarge Has a Kidney Tumor Removed

A large tumor affecting Sarge's kidney is removed surgically.

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A Cautionary Tale: Antifreeze is Lethal to Your Pet

Antifreeze is lethal to your pet.

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Diabetes in Pets on the Rise

In the last 10 years, diabetes has increased 80 percent in dogs and 18 percent in cats.

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Loui Recovers From Cauda Equina Syndrome

A combination of acupuncture, therapeutic laser and surgery restored his quality of life.

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Lovely Lilies and Curious Cats: A Dangerous Combination

Cats are curious creatures by nature. They love to play, jump, and roam around the house or yard, but sometimes their inquisitive personalities get the best of them. They’re just drawn to that beautiful bouquet of stargazer lilies on your kitchen table or the colorful cluster of daylilies in your garden. However, here’s a spring reminder that lilies can be a safety threat to your feline friend.

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Can I Give My Pet Tylenol?

It’s not unusual for pet owners to want to give their animals Tylenol or other medicine straight from their own medicine cabinet. Many people don’t realize that a medicine that’s safe for people may not be safe for dogs or cats, or that a dose that is safe for people may not be safe for their pets. In fact, some over-the-counter (OTC) human pain relievers can be toxic, or even deadly, in pets.

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Keep Cough Drops Out of Your Pet’s Reach

It’s cold and flu season and you have stocked up on cough drops and medicines to keep yourself healthy. While these remedies can help fight illness, remember to store these products away from pets. Cough drops can be especially dangerous for your pups.

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Labrador Retrievers – The Most Commonly Overweight Dog Breed

The prevalence of canine obesity continues to rise with an overall rate of nearly 53 percent. Labrador retrievers are the most commonly overweight dog breed with approximately 60 percent facing obesity. A recent study finds there may be a genetic reason for this, noting that one-fifth of Labs are missing a portion of the POMC (proopiomelanocortin) gene.

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Columbus Small Animal Hospital Simplifies Communication With PetDesk App

In order to simplify your life and enhance our communication with you we are offering you our new web-based app PetDesk at no cost to you.

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Be Smoke-free for Yourself and Your Pets

Did you know that smoking is the leading preventable cause of death, disease, and disability in the United States? Smoking is not only harmful to people; it’s harmful to pets, too. Both secondhand smoke and thirdhand smoke hurts pets.

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Pet Thefts on the Rise

The number of dogs stolen each year in the U.S. has continued to rise every year since 2010. The American Kennel Club (AKC) recently announced 831 dogs were stolen in 2015, an increase of 30 percent from 2014. In reality, this number is much higher considering the total only includes AKC-recognized breeds and doesn’t include cats and other pets.

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Warmest holiday greetings from the Columbus Small Animal Hospital

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Human Holiday Treats Not Meant For Pets

Let’s take a look at those treats that we love but that can be a real threat to our pet’s health. The most popular found at this season’s celebrations are chocolate, candy and baked goods, and alcohol.

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Bang Your Hood. Save a cat.

Cold cats like to sleep under the hoods of cars, exposing themselves to injury from the fan belt. Banging your hood on cold days gives them a chance to leave before you start your engine.

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Two Cool Videos

Here are two cool videos that will brighten your day and not take much of your time:

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Pet Holiday Tip: Plants

Many people have festive plants around the house for the holidays. Remember to keep your furry family members in mind when you display or dispose of your holiday plants. Three popular holiday plants that could pose danger to your pet are poinsettias, mistletoe, and holly.

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November is Adopt a Senior Pet Month

Senior pets are often the last to be adopted from shelters which puts them at an increased risk for euthanasia. Puppies and kittens are cute and cuddly, but older pets are just as adorable, loving and loyal.

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How Willard Touched Our Hearts

“I wanted to say thank you again. The care you gave Willard was beyond the call of duty. We lost Willard a couple of days ago. Although people say he isn't suffering anymore, our hearts are still bleeding. The care you gave helps with that. The compassion and explanation of his illness was greatly appreciated. I feel you are a 5-Star Veterinarian and will highly recommend you to anyone and everyone.”

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Cesar Pet Food Recall!

If you have purchased Cesar Pet Food, please read this important recall information.

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National Pet Obesity Awareness Day is Oct 12th

Pet obesity continues to be a growing problem, affecting the majority of US dogs and cats. Research conducted in 2015 by the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention (APOP) found that approximately 58 percent of cats and 54 percent of dogs were overweight or obese.

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Columbus Small Animal Hospital is First in the Nation to Install New X-ray Imaging System

Columbus Small Animal Hospital will be the first in the nation to install a next-generation Rayence DR digital X-ray imaging system

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Increase Your Chances of Finding a Lost Pet

The ASPCA published a study about lost pets and the most effective methods for finding them. They surveyed more than 1,000 households across the country. Fifteen percent had lost a pet within the past five years, and 85% of those pets had been recovered. The survey results suggest three key activities for recovering a lost pet.

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Clara the Dachshund Recovers from Paralysis

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Columbus Small Animal Hospital Honored for Customer Service

The Columbus Small Animal Hospital is the recipient of the 2016 Spectrum Award for Excellence in Customer Service.

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The Benefits of a Classroom Pet

A recent study surveyed elementary teachers on how they used classroom pets to enhance their lesson plans and what they felt the advantages were of having a pet in their classroom.

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Summer Pet Safety Tips and Reminders

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Swallowing Zinc is a Medical Emergency for your Pet

If you think your dog or cat has swallowed a penny, this is a medical emergency.  Do not wait to see if the penny will pass.  Call your veterinarian and arrange an emergency visit immediately.  This also goes for other items with high zinc content.

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Are Cat’s Color Blind?

Cats are very similar to their canine counterparts when it comes to their vision.

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Can Dogs See Color?

Contrary to what a lot of us have heard, dogs are not color blind. However, their visual perception of color is a little different from that of humans, as shown in a study by researchers at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

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Lawn Care Tip – Training Dogs to Not Dig Up Your Yard

If you’ve ever wanted to train your dog to not dig up your yard, but thought it was impossible – it’s not. In fact, the method for training dogs to not dig up your yard is much like the method you use to housetrain puppies. Click here to read what to do!

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Protecting Pets from Wildlife

The main thing all pet owners should do to protect their pets is to have pets fully vaccinated – even if the pets are strictly indoors. Rabies and distemper are deadly and present in the wildlife population. If a bat, or some other critter enters your house, your pet may have to go through quarantine if not vaccinated.

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Roundworms Found in Potting Soil

Roundworms, the most common intestinal parasite in dogs and cats, can be found in about 11% of commercial potting soil.

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The Best Dog Breeds for People with Allergies

While some people are allergic to animals some animals are allergic to people. Usually, the allergic response is triggered by skin dander. While animals may not have a lot to say in choosing their people, people do have a choice in why kind of dog to get.

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How Old Is Your Cat In Human Years?

While indoor and outdoor cats age at the same speed for the first couple of years, an outdoor cat ages more rapidly after the first two years. An inside feline has about the same life expectancy of a small breed dog.

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A Dog's Age

Have you ever tried to understand your dog’s age by converting to human years? This chart can help you out!

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I Love My Pet!

"Until one has loved an animal, a part of one's soul remains unawakened." - Anatole France

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Evander has a Torn Ligament

Evander the boxer recovers nicely from his torn ligament repair.

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Maya the Hunting Dog Tears her ACL

We repair an ACL and medial meniscus tear in a German Shorthair hunting dog, Maya.

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Canine Influenza Virus

Multiple cases of canine influenza, or dog flu, have been reported by veterinarians in the Rapid City area. Dogs affected by the virus develop respiratory disease symptoms including fever and coughing.

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Pet Heat Safety

As the temperatures rise, it’s important to remember that our pets cannot regulate their own temperature as easily as humans can.

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Bud the Pit Bull

Dogs in History (May 23, 1903): National heroes Horatio Jackson, Sewall Crocker, and Bud the pit bull were the first team to cross North America in an automobile. On May 18, Dr. Jackson, a wealthy physician, took a $50 bet to prove that a 4-wheeled machine could cross the country.

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Class Action Settlement in Dog Treats Case

If you incurred expenses related to Waggin’ Train or Canyon Creek Ranch brand dog treat products containing ingredients imported from China, you are probably eligible for reimbursement from a class action settlement.

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Summer Treats You Should NOT Share With Your Dog

Summer is the perfect time for picnics and barbecues, sweet treats, and cold drinks but some of your tasty snacks are not particularly pet-friendly. Here is a list of some popular summer treats that you should avoid sharing with your pup.

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Helping Pets with Thunderstorm Anxiety

Bad thunderstorm phobia is more common in dogs than in cats. Dogs have been known to develop thunderstorm phobias after having lived several years with relatively normal reactions to thunderstorms. Signs of excessive anxiety include hiding, trembling, whining, drooling, and pacing.

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Attention Pet Owners: May is Heartworm Awareness Month

Heartworm disease is a very serious, and often fatal, condition caused by parasitic roundworms. These worms set up camp in the lung arteries and in the right side of the heart of dogs, cats, and other mammals. Pets become infected with heartworm through a bite from a mosquito.

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Best of Columbus 2013

We are honored to be voted Best Pet Grooming of Columbus 2013 by the Columbus Telegram Readers, thank you!

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October is Adopt-a-Dog Month

This is the perfect season to “fall” in love with a dog. So what are you waiting for? Contact the animal shelter to adopt a pet this month.

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Veterinarian of the Year

We are proud that Columbus Small Animal Hospital's Dr. Ann Kramer was named the NVMA Veterinarian of the year in January 2014! Congratulations to Dr. Ann Kramer on her outstanding work!

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To Shave or Not To Shave?

Many authorities are arguing that shearing your dog in the summer can actually increase the body temperature.  It’s an unsettled debate in hot-weather dog care.  There does not seem to be any scientific research directly answering the question.

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Top 8 Dog Breeds at Risk for Heat Exhaustion

The summer is heating up and Dr. Louise Murray, vice president of the ASPCA Animal Hospital, recently named these eight breeds as the most at risk for overheating in warm weather.

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Tips for Having Both a Dog and a Nice Lawn:

What a challenge it can be to have a nice lawn and a dog in the yard.  A common problem dogs create is uneven grass, spots that grow too richly and then spots that are scalded by urine. 

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The Many Colors of a Chameleon

While many animals change body colors to protect or hide themselves in their environment, new research shows that chameleon color changes serve a different purpose: to communicate during social interactions with other chameleons.

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Cats Are Masters at Hiding Pain

Cats are very good at hiding discomfort and illnesses, making it hard for their owners, and sometimes even their vets, to pick up on their pain. It is important for feline owners to observe their pet's behavior and look for signs that they may be in pain.

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Lamo the Sheep is Convinced He is a Dog

He plays fetch, chases rabbits, wears a collar, goes for walks on a leash, jumps up on his hind legs, and even tries to bark. Lamo may look like a sheep but on the inside he is sure he is a dog.

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Schedule Routine Wellness Exams for Your Senior Pet

80% of Pet Owners Were Unaware of Important Medical Problems with Their Senior Pets.  Here’s some top things for pet owners to know.

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2013 Most Popular Pet Names

VPI, Veterinary Pet Insurance, has released their annual list of most popular pet names. Once again, Bella topped the list for both the most popular dog and cat name.

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Bang Your Hood. Save a Cat.

Bang your hood. Save a cat. Cold cats like to sleep under the hoods of cars, exposing themselves to injury from the fan belt. Banging your hood on cold days gives them a chance to leave before you start your engine.

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Improve Cancer Outcomes with a Dog

In a recent article to medical doctors, John Marshall MD wrote that he often prescribes a dog to patients for improvement of cancer outcomes.

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Clean Your Pet's Paws

Walking in a winter wonderland can leave salt and deicer products on a pet's paws. They can make paws sensitive and worse yet, dogs and cats will lick and ingest these chemicals to get them off their skin.

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Keep Babies Healthy With a Dog!

Although surprising and counter intuitive it has been shown that children who grow up with animals in the home are less likely to develop allergies later in life.

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Can I Give My Pet the Flu?

Recent studies show that it is possible for a pet to contract the flu from humans. The concept of a disease being transferred from a human to an animal is called reverse zoonosis and flu cases have emerged involving dogs, cats, and ferrets.

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The Dangers of String for Cats

We’ve all seen cats that love to play with a ball of yarn but this could be dangerous to your kitty. If ingested, string and other similar items can cause serious intestinal issues.

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The Latest on Jerky Treats

We have received a progress report from the FDA regarding the Chinese jerky treat complaints. As of September 24, 2013, the FDA has received more than 3,000 complaints of illness related to consumption of chicken, duck, or sweet potato jerky treats, nearly all of which are imported from China.

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Don’t Slack on Flea Control

Don't slack off on flea control now. As the weather cools, people start wondering if they can slack off on their flea control. Right now is actually considered the height of flea season. The colder it gets, the more determined fleas become to get in your house and on your pets.

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The Yellow Ribbon Project

If you see a dog with a yellow ribbon or something yellow on the leash, this is a dog who needs some space. The yellow ribbon on the leash is a symbol that the owner is asking others to maintain distance or give them time to move out of your way.

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#1 Reason Cats Are Surrendered to Animal Shelters: Inappropriate Elimination

Researchers at Colorado State University found that over 40% of the cats in their study were handed over to an animal shelter because of inappropriate elimination or soiling the house. This was the number one behavioral reason owners gave for abandoning their feline.

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Can My Dog Get a Sunburn?

The answer is yes! While not as prone to sunburn as humans, dogs and cats can suffer from sunburn as well. This time of year, vets treat an increased number of pets with sunburn and other skin diseases that likely have come from a large amount of sun exposure.

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Spay & Neuter for a Healthier Pet

The best time to spay dogs or cats is prior to their first heat, usually before six months of age. Neutering male dogs and cats is done with similar timing before they get negative behavior traits.

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Help Turtles Cross the Road Safely

Can you give them a lift? Generally speaking, turtle populations are declining because of road kill, habitat destruction, pollution, and pet and food trade.

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