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Microchipping of Animals FAQ

Q:  What is a microchip? A:  A microchip is a small, electronic chip enclosed in a glass cylinder that is about the same size as a grain of rice. The microchip itself does not have a battery—it is activated by … Continue reading

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First Aid Tips for Pet Owners

What would you do if  …your dog ate the bag of semi-sweet chocolate chips that was left out on the kitchen counter?  …your cat had a seizure right in front of you?  …your dog fell down the stairs and started … Continue reading

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American Red Cross offers Pet First Aid App

Pets are an important part of our families, and a new Red Cross Pet First Aid App puts lifesaving information right in the hands of dog and cat owners so they can provide emergency care until veterinary assistance is available. … Continue reading

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How Can I Tell If My Pet Is Overweight?

Body condition scoring is a way to determine if a pet is underweight, ideal weight, or overweight. Discuss your pet’s current and ideal weight with your veterinarian. Use the chart below to determine your pet’s current body condition. Click image … Continue reading

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Why Old Dogs and Cats Need New Tricks

Play and activity in pets may stave off cognitive decline and improve cognition in those already starting to slope downward. As medical science extends the lifespan of pets, age-related cognitive decline in cats and dogs is on the rise. Clinical … Continue reading

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Foolproof Steps For a Wildlife-Proof Backyard

Those pesky varmints have been living and eating with you for free. What do you get in return? Parasites and a whole lot of headaches. Here’s how to keep wildlife at bay. Before we start wildlife-proofing, it’s important to know … Continue reading

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Exercise and Your Obese Cat

My cat is overweight, and I have tried putting him on different diets from the veterinarian but without success. Is there anything else I can do to help him lose weight? Losing weight is often a difficult process and animals, … Continue reading

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Top 5 New Year Resolutions for Your Pets

Thinking about making 2018 an even healthier year for your 4 legged companion? You are in good company! Here are the top 5 resolutions we hear from our clients: 1. Save more money every month for my pet’s annual care … Continue reading

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Keeping Your Pet Calm and Happy on New Years Eve

New Year’s Eve is right around the corner! And the sounds of celebration – the horns, fireworks, continuous doorbells announcing guests – are great fun for people, but not always for our dogs. In fact, 46% of dog owners reported … Continue reading

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My pet rat has severe bumblefoot. What can i do for him at home? I have Bactine, peroxide, iodine and Silver ointment but nothing is helping that rock-hard swelling and abscess. Please help!

Thank you for contacting us with your question! My name is Dr. Kristi Rhodes and I am a veterinarian at North Bay Animal Hospital. My interest is primarily in exotic animal medicine because I love rats as well, so I … Continue reading

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