Until Tuesday

I have a new found respect, both for veterans and for service dogs, after reading this book. When I first began to read this story I was anticipating learning about a wounded warrior and his pet. But as Fmr. Captain Luis Carlos Montalvàn so eloquently states more than once, Tuesday is not a pet. Tuesday […]

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Dog vs. Skunk: How to Prevent an Unwanted Encounter

Skunks are like the peaceful, pacifist cousins of a badger; they are both members of the weasel family, but skunks don’t have the aggressive behaviors associated with weasels. Skunks are equipped with ammunition, allowing them to wander where they please, worry-free. A skunk’s scent glands produce a chemical so foul it causes nausea, irritation, and […]

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The Wildlife-Friendly Yard: Go Native!

The first article in this series introduced the role native insects play in supporting a healthy ecosystem, including wildlife such as birds. Fortunately for gardeners as well as for insects, there’s an easy way to boost the healthy insect population in your yard: by planting native plants. Native plants and animals are those that were […]

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Common Questions About Microchipping

Dogs and cats are naturally inquisitive, and as a result the possibility that they could stray from their homes is real. Add in the chances of pets being separated from their owners during inclement weather and natural or man made disasters, and the risk of losing a pet increases. Although it is extremely important to […]

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I’d like You to Meet…

Animal lovers often opt for the “potato chip” motto when it comes to adopting pets in that you “can’t stop at just one!” This is good news for all the homeless animals hoping to find their forever families – having multiple pets not only gives you and your family a greater outlet for love and […]

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The Wildlife-Friendly Yard: An Introduction

The news about wildlife can be depressing. In spring of 2013, the monarch butterfly population had declined by almost 59 percent compared to 2012. Eighty percent of bats in one Ohio area have disappeared due to white nose syndrome. And honeybee populations throughout North America face enormous losses, with one survey finding a loss of […]

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Brush Up on Pet Dental Health

The mouth is the gateway to the rest of the body. If the gateway is diseased, the whole body is at risk. Keeping the mouth healthy is extremely important in helping maintain the general health of both human and pet alike. In my experience in veterinary medicine, the health of the mouth is often over […]

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Stuck Indoors? Try These Fun Games for Your Dog!

All dogs need exercise, even when there is inclement weather or you just don’t feel like going outside. Try playing some of these indoor games with your dog to keep him healthy and happy. In addition, playing with your dog, like training him, enhances the bond you share and helps him keep his focus on […]

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