For many families, summer means family vacations which means traveling. Whether it’s to the beach, Disneyworld, or even just to a local campground or lake, the chance to break away from the daily grind can be irresistible. For those of us with pets planning for even a long weekend away also involves deciding how to care for our pets, or – if traveling with a pet – how to accommodate his or her needs.
For those considering bringing their pets along for the fun, there are some considerations that should factor into your pet’s travel plans.
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Did you know that more pets go missing on July 4th than any other day of the year? Unfortunately the safety concerns surrounding the 4th of July, don’t stop with missing pets. With a few precautions taken before the big day you can ensure your pet stays happy, calm, and safe.
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Over the past week I have found myself spending more and more time outdoors as the temperatures rise and the days get longer. Weekends have been filled with yard work to try and beautify our lawn and (lets be honest here) try to keep alive all the beautiful landscaping that came with the first home we purchased last summer. I may have been born with ten fingers and ten toes, but I think someone forgot to bless me with the green thumb that seems to have skipped a generation in my family. However I am doing my best to learn the ins and outs of gardening and landscaping which means I have also been keeping an eye on the products I am using and the plants around my home to insure the safety of my furry children as well as the handful of friendly neighborhood cats.
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Do you remember the Great Canine Influenza Outbreak of 2015? Most of us outside the Chicagoland area were left unaffected but unfortunately Canine Influenza (CIV) seems to be causing quite a stir so far in 2016 with multiple local media outlets covering reports of cases in neighboring McLean county and even at the University of Illinois Veterinary Teaching Hospital. Unfortunately, this is an illness that is likely to continue to make headlines in the weeks to come. I hope to be able to place some of you at ease with some cold hard facts about precautionary measures you can take, and what to expect if your pet is suspected of being affected.
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When it comes to the well being of our furry family members, their heath and happiness is always our priority. One of the best ways to keep your pet(s) healthy is to practice preventative medicine. Prevention of heartworm disease is a very important piece of the preventative medicine puzzle. The first step in prevention of any illness is having a better understanding of the disease. Continue reading “Whats the big deal about Heartworms?”
April showers bring May flowers! Unfortunately along with the flowers comes the re-emergence of allergy season. Nationwide pet insurance, recently sorted its database of more than 550,000 insured pets to determine the top 10 dog medical conditions in 2015. Number one on that list was Skin Allergies. Continue reading “Ditch the Itch”
For those of you who are reading this post as a follow-up to my previous post on kidney failure I appreciate your return. For those of you just now joining, please take a look back on my previous post for the ins and outs of the diagnosis and unfortunate consequences of kidney failure. Continue reading “Kidney Disease: What Does This Mean For My Pet?”