Archive for the ‘Canine Care’ Category

Should I Microchip My Pet?

As a pet owner, you do everything you can to keep your pet safe.  In recent years, you might have heard of microchip implants for cats and dogs. This technology is becoming increasingly common, but you might still have questions about the procedure, its potential risks, and whether or not it is worth it.  In short, many vets, animal rescues, and pet sellers highly recommend microchips. Keep reading to discover everything you need to know about implant microchips. What Are Microchips, & How Do They Work? A microchip is a small electronic identifier, about the size of a grain of…

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Are Wellness Exams Necessary If My Pet Is Healthy?

Many pet owners know that wellness exams are essential for new puppies and kittens to establish their health, de-worm and vaccinate them, and discuss spay and neutering options.  They also know to visit the veterinarian if the pet shows signs of illness. This could include limping, changes in diet, or lethargy. But some pet owners may be skeptical about regular wellness exams when their pet seems totally healthy. This brings us to the question: Are wellness exams necessary? The answer is YES.  Wellness exams are just important for pets as they are for people. Humans must visit the doctor or…

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Why Do My Dog’s Feet Smell Like Corn Chips?

As a dog owner, you’re used to the unpleasant and sometimes strange smells that come along with your pooch. One smell we hear about often is “Frito feet,” or when a dog’s paws seem to smell like corn chips. What is this weird – and kind of gross – phenomenon, and does it mean anything bad for your dog? Why “Frito Feet” Happens Just like on human skin, some level of bacteria and fungi are always present. When your dog’s paws have a bacteria called Pseudomonas and Proteus, their paws can give off a yeasty odor that does smell similar…

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