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Christmas Pet Tips
Some holiday foods can be quite dangerous to pets, such chocolate and cocoa, candy and sugarless gum that contain xylitol, yeast bread dough, leftover fatty meat scraps, and fruit cakes with raisins and currants. The fruitcake threat can be compounded if the cake is soaked in rum or another alcohol.…
Winter Pet Tips
Has your pet had his/her wellness exam yet?  Cold weather may worsen some medical conditions such as arthritis. Your pet should be examined by a veterinarian at least once a year, and it’s as good a time as any to get him/her checked out to make sure they are ready and as health…
Thanksgiving
It’s that turkey time of year!  We want to remember to keep our pets safe during this holiday season.  Not everything that we indulge in can be enjoyed by our pets.  Here are a few tips to keep your pets safe this Thanksgiving season...
Autumn Safety Tips
Fall time means lots of upcoming holidays, leaves are changing, new plants are growing, and everyone is getting ready for the snow!  Autumn is a beautiful season in the Buffalo area, but it can come with its fill of potential dangers for our pets...
FeLV virus
FeLV:
Approximately 2%-3% of all cats are infected with this virus… but this virus can evolve into the leading cause of cancer in cats.
 
What is feline leukemia virus?
FeLV or Feline leukemia virus, is a retrovirus. All retr...
Mushrooms
This is a very common toxicity this time of year.  We have seen a huge increase in this as of late.  If you see wild mushrooms growing in your yard or on your walks, it is best to remove them from your yard or to keep your dog away.  While it is nearly impossible to tell which mushroo…
Scabies
Sarcoptic mange, also called scabies, in dogs is caused by the Sarcoptes scabiei mite, a highly contagious skin parasite. The mites burrow into the skin and cause severe itching, so dogs that experience prolonged scratching and hair loss are suspect...
Litter box cleaning
First and most importantly we will go over the “golden rule” of the appropriate number of litter boxes in your house.  The magical formula is this: “one more litter boxes than then number of cats in your house.”  That means if you hav…
Coprophagia
Coprophagia is dogs eating their own stools or other dogs stools, yuck!  Unfortunately, we have all seen our dogs do this at one point or another. A lot of puppies do this and we all hope and pray that they grow out of this bad behavior, but there are a few dogs that do not...
Dog's Noses
My dog’s nose is dry, dose that mean he/she is sick?
If your dog’s nose is dry, it does not mean they are sick.  Same with if their nose is drippy and wet, does not mean they are sick.  This is a common myth we hear from pet owners...
Purring
Purring is one of the most interesting and unique characteristics our cats do.  But how do they do it?
Technically speaking… A purr is made using the entire respiratory system, meaning they purr while inhaling and exhaling.  Other vocalizations such as the “meow&CloseCurlyDoubl…
Hot Spot
Hot Spots are technically called “acute moist dermatitis”.  These are localized areas of infection on the skin.  They are typically several layers of the skin deep.  Usually appear as localized, moist, reddish sores. Hot spots are the result of a bacterial infection: something irritates your dog’s s…

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