Archives: Dog Care

  • The Benefits of Professional Dog Grooming

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    Do you bathe your dog yourself? Or do you drop your pet off for his beauty treatments? While many people prefer to bathe their dogs at home, there are actually several benefits to having your canine buddy groomed by a professional. A local vet lists a few of them below. Healthy Fur And Skin One reason proper grooming is so important is that it keeps Fido’s fur and skin healthy. Our canine pals come in … Read More »

  • Probiotics for Pets

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    You’ve heard of antibiotics—these medicines destroy or stop the growth of harmful microorganisms in both human and animal patients. You may not be familiar with probiotics, though! Although probiotics have been commonplace in human medicine for a while now, the use of probiotics for our furry friends is still a relatively new pursuit. Read on to find out more. What Exactly Are Probiotics? A probiotic is a beneficial microbe—a bacteria or yeast—that lives in a … Read More »

  • Hot Weather Health Tips for Your Dog or Cat

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    Summer is in full swing—now more than ever, it’s important to keep your furry friend’s health in mind. After all, most of our pets are wearing a thick fur coat that they can’t remove! In this article from River Valley Veterinary Hospital, serving the Fox Chapel, PA area, you’ll learn how to effectively keep your pet safe during hot weather. Don’t Linger Outdoors Rule number one for summer: don’t allow your pet to stay outdoors … Read More »

  • Your Puppy’s Vaccines

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    Have you recently adopted a puppy? Considering bringing one home in the near future? Vaccination will be one of the most important steps you’ll take to provide your new addition with a lifetime of good health. A Fox Chapel, PA veterinarian goes over the basics below. How Do Vaccines Help My Puppy? Vaccines introduce a tiny, virtually harmless strain of a disease or virus to your puppy’s immune system. Your dog’s system responds by developing … Read More »

  • Getting Fido Ready for Summer

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    Summer is on the way! Many of our canine buddies love spending time outdoors in warm weather. Watching Fido running and playing on a sunny afternoon can be lots of fun! Read on for some great tips on keeping your pup happy and healthy this summer. Preventative Care If you like to take Fido out and about with you, or enjoy taking your pup to dog parks, get a doggy kit ready for your car. … Read More »

  • Considering Pet Insurance

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    You have insurance for your home, your car, your health… did you know that there is also insurance available for your pet? In this article, you’ll learn about some of the basics of pet insurance, helping you to decide if purchasing a plan is a good idea for you and your beloved companion. Why Get Pet Insurance? The benefit of pet insurance is the same as any other type of insurance: if something happens that … Read More »

  • Cute Tricks to Play on Your Dog

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    Did you play any April Fools’ Day jokes on your dog this month? While you don’t want to go overboard when pranking Fido, it can also be fun to play a little joke on your four-legged friend now and then. In this article, a local vet lists some pranks that you can play on Fido. Turn Your Phone Alarm Into A Meow You probably won’t be able to resist giggling as Fido tries to figure … Read More »

  • If Pets Had Thumbs

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    Did you know that March 3rd is If Pets Had Thumbs Day? If not, you probably aren’t alone! This may not be a very well-known holiday, but it certainly is a fun one. What do you think would happen if our furry friends had opposable thumbs? In this article, a local vet offers a few educated guesses. Food We’re pretty sure that, if Fido and Fluffy had thumbs, they would waste no time figuring out … Read More »

  • Tips for Introducing Cats and Dogs

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    You’re ready to turn your home into a multi-species household. Tomorrow, you’ll bring home Lucy, a friendly four-year-old retriever mix who charmed your socks off at the animal shelter. You know your human family members will gravitate to this easygoing girl who seems to love everybody. However, your eight-year-old cat Duke might need some convincing. Although your veterinarian has provided specific advice for introducing the two pets, here are some general guidelines. Start With Separate … Read More »

  • Save Money With Preventive Pet Care

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    You’re becoming an expert at saving money. You’ve found ways to save on groceries, insurance and other services, and cable and mobile phone bills. Now you’ve turned your attention to saving money on pet care. Although your five-year-old cocker spaniel Goldie will keep visiting your veterinarian for regular checkups, keeping her healthy will minimize the need for expensive tests and procedures. Following are several preventive pet care guidelines applicable to any dog or cat. Diet … Read More »

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