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  • A dog’s chance encounter with an Eastern Hognose Some dogs are particularly intrigued by snakes’ movements and easily startled to their presence, not to mention the snake’s inability to notice a dog’s territorial markings. It is important to know that snakes are quite afraid of humans and pets al... [read more]
  • Siberian Husky resting close by the deadly Amanita muscaria mushroom Pets can get themselves into all sorts of trouble outside, but beware of the hidden dangers in wild mushrooms! All wild-growing mushrooms should be regarded as toxic until proven otherwise. There are no wild mushrooms that can b... [read more]
  • In most cases, dogs have itchy skin as a result of fleas, environmental allergens (ex. pollen, mold, and dust mites), food, and skin contact with allergens (ex. carpet deodorants, shampoos, and insecticidal products). Apoquel is a medication that works to block the allergic itch at the source to... [read more]
  • You hear the word dog training and you think—work. Lots and lots of work. Training is not as overwhelming as you might think, though. With effort, any pet owner can build a lifelong bond with their dog to ensure a happy, long relationship with each other and to secure a forever home for your new fam... [read more]
  • It is with a heavy heart we inform our readers of the sad event that recently occurred—we had to wish a loving and fond ‘Goodbye’ to our beloved blogging author, Boomer. He has crossed the Rainbow Bridge and leaves behind a legacy fondly remembered by all those whose lives he’s touched—whether they ... [read more]
  • Fun in the sun is just around the corner and enjoying summer with your dog doubles the fun. Keep these things in mind when your pet joins you at outdoor activities. Heat and Sun Exposure • Your pet should NEVER be left unattended in a parked car during the summer—even one parked in the shade o... [read more]
  • by Karen Selbert, DVM Three weeks ago, I removed my first tick from a patient for the season, and just yesterday guess what else I found? Fleas! Ticks survived well into November last year, and because we already know they are active in 2015, ticks are able to attach onto our poor, unsuspecting pet... [read more]
  • Most of us are familiar with the risk of heartworm disease in dogs, but few may be aware that cats can also be affected. As there is no approved drug therapy available for cats, a prevention program is critical for both outdoor and indoor pets. Prevention is the only means of protecting cats from th... [read more]
  • **Update on Canine Flu** Authorities have confirmed that the current strain of CIV is H3N2, not H3N8 which was what was originally reported in the media.     This H3N2 flu strain is identical to a flu strain present in China and Korea, and is of pig or bird origin - not H3N8 which is of horse org... [read more]
  • by Ann-Margret Morgan, DVM Why do pets—like people—tend to feel the pains of arthritis more intensely in the winter? While doctors say there’s no official medical explanation for it, they suspect it has a lot to do with the dip in air pressure, which causes muscle tissues to swell. As we’ve le... [read more]
  • Winter can be a great time of year in Wisconsin with lots of outdoor recreational activities. It can also turn bitterly cold with wind chills well below zero. Here is a list of simple things you can do to ensure your pet stays safe, happy, and healthy for the remainder of this winter season. • Su... [read more]