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Getting the Pet Owners to Say "Yes" - It Should be so Easy, Right?

Getting clients to say “yes” to all of the healthcare recommendations made by the practice team is an ongoing challenge. This Web conference discusses the process pet owners go through in making a decision about the care to provide for their pets and actions practices can take to improve communication and client acceptance of recommendations.Created and produced by VetFolio with educational funding provided by Merck.

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Thinking of Adding to the Family? 5 Things to Consider before Getting Another Dog

Are you toying with the idea of bringing home a friend for Fido? It’s a big commitment, so make sure to think it through from all angles first. Here are 5 important things you should consider before getting another dog. 1. How well trained is your current dog? When getting another dog, it’s important to consider how well trained your current dog is. Does your dog like to dig in the garden? Does he constantly bark? All of these things are easy to imitate, especially for a puppy or...

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Five Ways to Keep Your Indoor Cat Happy and Healthy

You might think cats have it easy – they have someone to feed them, take care of them and clean up after them. But when you’re at work during the day, it can be hard for your indoor cat to keep fit and entertained on their own. Unlike outdoor cats, indoor cats don’t have the ongoing stimulus provided by the outdoors. Here are five ways to keep your indoor cat happy and healthy. 1. Create an environment that has elements of the outdoors incorporated within it Cats love grass,...

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Healthy 'Human Foods' You Can Feed Your Dog

For optimal health, most of your dog's calories should come from a high-quality wet or dry dog food. That said, there are a variety of "human foods" that can make tasty additions to your dog's diet. Here are a few ideas: Fruits Apples, bananas, blueberries, blackberries, raspberries, and strawberries are all healthy fruits your dog can eat. Cut the fruit into small chunks and either hand feed or add them to your dog's regular food for a little extra flavor. Be careful...

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Yes, You Can Train a Cat!

The phrase, "Dogs have owners; cats have staff," neatly summarizes the way most people think about our feline friends. Unlike dogs, cats usually aren't exuberantly eager to please their humans, and although they can be very affectionate, they generally seek companionship on their own terms. However, that doesn't mean you can't train your cat to do fun tricks. In fact, training sessions can be a wonderful bonding experience and provide your cat with healthy mental exercise...

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July 2014 Pet Dates to Promote in Your Veterinary Practice

In July, the animal celebration calendar includes a wide variety of special events to rally your local pet fans in honoring and recognizing cows, farriers, mutts, sharks, snakes and zoo animals… and bring attention to their safe care as well. Here’s our list of July events: Special Month-Long Celebrations for July Wild About Wildlife MonthNational Dog House Repairs Month (There’s also a related article at this link.) Special Week National Farriers Week: July 6-12 Special...

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Does My Dog Need to Wear a Sweater or Boots When It's Cold Out?

People who put clothes on their dogs are sometimes the butt of jokes, but when the temperature drops and the snow starts to fall, it's them -- or rather, their dogs -- who'll be having the last laugh. A great way to keep warm Some dogs, like Huskies and Newfoundlands, were bred to thrive in cold weather. These breeds have thick undercoats and layers of fat that keep them toasty warm even in the coldest temperatures. If you take one of these dogs for a winter walk, you'll be...

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Tips for Walking Your Dog during the Winter

With extreme cold weather conditions sweeping across many parts of Canada and the United States, owners need to take extra precautions when walking their dogs. Below are some tips to consider the next time you’re planning to walk your dog on a cold winter’s day. 1.     Dress your dog in appropriate winter gear. There are plenty of practical clothing options designed to keep dogs warm in the winter months. Dog boots and a winter coat or sweater are the most...

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What's the Difference between Wet and Dry Cat Food?

When it comes to your cherished cat's health and wellness, you only want the best. Now that doesn't necessarily mean you’ll hand feed him the finest imported tuna and caviar with a tiny golden spoon – or maybe you do; we're not judging – but it does mean you want to make sure his food is meeting all his dietary needs. One of the most common questions cat owners ask regarding their cat's diet is whether they should be feeding wet or dry food. So what's the difference between wet and...

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Why Does My Dog Eat Grass?

We often think of our pet dogs as meat-loving carnivores – or kibble-vores, at least. So why is it that you sometimes catch your dog happily chowing down on grass and other plants? The good news is, in most cases, there's nothing wrong with your dog's decision to add more greens to her diet. Believe it or not, dogs are omnivores. To be more precise, they're "opportunistic scavengers" – they’re happy to eat just about anything they can find. As anyone who's ever had a...

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