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Quite a few bugs in your ear

As duck season approaches and we spend more time on water retrievals, I am battling an ear infection in my lab Colt. Colt has had a few major ear infections before, and part of that is because he is a lab mix. Labs have naturally narrow ear canals, making them more likely to get ear infections. Also, because I work …

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Giardia: The Bane of Water Dogs

As many of you gear up for hunting season, I know your 4-legged hunting buddies are chomping at the bit to join you. Whether you’re heading out to moose camp, gearing up for waterfowl, or adventuring in the mountains, the call to go is in the air, and hopefully not in the water. There is a “bug” out there, most …

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Choosing a Diet for Your Dog

Choosing a diet for your dog can be a difficult and daunting decision. There are so many different choices for makers and brands, flavors, protein and micronutrient make-up, treatment/age-focused foods, and prescription diets. Your pet’s activity level has a strong bearing on the diet recommended. Additionally, any medical conditions they have such as kidney disease, skin sensitivities, or joint pain …

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Chew on This: Dental Health for Pets

What can you do at home to care for your pet’s teeth and set them up for dental success? Simple answer: the same as you do for your own — brush their teeth twice a day. However, very few people have the time or dedication to brush their dog or cat’s teeth every day. To be honest, even I’m not …

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Pet Insurance: Under Cover-Age

One of the most underutilized resources available today in veterinary medicine is pet insurance.  I find that less than 15% of my clients have insurance for their pets. Why do so few people invest in pet insurance? Because most people are unaware that pet insurance exists. Emergency and advanced medical care for your pet can easily climb into the thousands …

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GDV: What’s the Big FLIPPING Deal?

Most dog owners are familiar with “bloat,” which is a piece of the GDV (gastric dilatation and volvulus) scenario. Unfortunately, that is not the whole story. A GDV involves gaseous distension of the stomach, which then completely twists over on itself in a 180-degree sideways rotation. This cuts off both the esophagus and intestines so nothing can get in or …

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Hot Weather Precautions: Heat Stroke & Contact Burns on Paws

During the first few warm weeks of summer, we are all eager to get outside, soak up the sun, and enjoy the warmth. Our dogs are just as eager, however, during these first few weeks of hot weather that I have always seen more heat-related injury in dogs than any other time of year. Even though the rest of the …

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Working Dog Anxiety: Itching To Get Back To Work

Retrievers, collies, pointers, springers, shepherds, huskies, sled dogs, and many other breeds of working dogs were bred to do just that: work. Working breeds have accomplished amazing feats throughout history, from a team of sled dogs running 1000 miles on the Iditarod to military working dogs running 12-hour days in a blazing desert to apprehend terrorists or locate IEDs, saving …

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Parvo: A Real Toilet Paper Emergency

Parvovirus, parvoviral enteritis, parvo, the puppy killer… By any name, parvo causes fatigue, lack of appetite, vomiting, and diarrhea Diarrhea DIARRHEA. Coronavirus has brought the world to its knees with a worldwide 3.4% mortality rate. For the sake of comparison, parvo has up to a 65% mortality rate. As human doctors are experiencing with coronavirus, the only thing to do …