What is Reverse Sneezing in Dogs and Cats?

What is Reverse Sneezing in Dogs and Cats?

Credit: Zoetis, Dr. Melody R. Conklin Most pet owners are accustomed to their pet sneezing and don’t worry when it happens occasionally (and sneezes can be pretty adorable). But are you familiar with a reverse, or backward, sneeze? If you’re not used to reverse sneezing, it can be a little frightening. To take the fear out of the unknown, it’s helpful to understand what reverse […]

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Leptospirosis

Leptospirosis

Leptospirosis Of all the vaccines we offer her at Companion the one we are asked about the most is leptospirosis. The reason for this is due to leptospirosis vaccines not being considered a core vaccine for dogs like rabies, Bordetella, distemper, and parvo. This, unfortunately, leave far too many dogs unprotected from an illness that results in fatalities in 10-25% of the cases in which […]

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What is Pet Diabetes?

What is Pet Diabetes?

Credit Zoetis Dr. Richard Goldstein Diabetes mellitus is a condition that occurs when the body cannot effectively move glucose (blood sugar) into cells. This results in too much glucose in the blood and not enough glucose in the cells. Cells cannot function properly without sufficient amounts of glucose, which the body needs for energy. Instead, the body has to get energy from other sources, such […]

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Why Preventive Testing is Crucial for Senior Pets

Why Preventive Testing is Crucial for Senior Pets

Credit Zoetis Dr. Michelle Larsen Recent life stage guidelines by the AAFP and AAHA (American Association of Feline Practitioners and American Animal Hospital Association) emphasize the importance of a thorough consultation and physical exam at all dog and cat life stages[1]. Visit frequency and testing recommendations should be adjusted as your pet ages. Senior and geriatric pets should be seen at least semi-annually to allow for earlier […]

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Gingivitis in Cats

Gingivitis in Cats

Credit Zoetis Dr. Melody R. Conklin Did you know that gingivitis can affect your cat? That’s right — the same gum issue humans deal with can also impact our furry friends. Gingivitis is one of the top three most common dental diseases in cats[1], and it can lead to more serious issues if left untreated. Let’s talk about preventing and treating gingivitis for your cat. […]

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8 Ways Kids Can Help with Pets

8 Ways Kids Can Help with Pets

Credit: Zoetis Dr. Sam Gilbert   8 Ways Kids Can Help with Pets Having pets in the home with children may seem like a recipe for chaos, but it’s also a wonderful opportunity to teach responsibility and show the unconditional love pets can bring to our lives. From the basic care that keeps your dog or cat healthy to the enrichment that keeps them happy, […]

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6 Fun Ways to Exercise with Your Dog

6 Fun Ways to Exercise with Your Dog

Credit:  Zoetis Dr. Melody R. Conklin    6 Fun Ways to Exercise with Your Dog Staying active and in shape is important for both you and your dog, but regular walks with your pooch can get tedious. Here are some new ways to exercise with your dog beyond your normal go-to’s. Dog Yoga Stretch out into a downward dog along with your pup in a […]

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Tips for Choosing a Dog Crate

Tips for Choosing a Dog Crate

Credit: Zoetis Melody R. Conklin Crate training your new puppy or adopted dog is helpful for a variety of reasons, from making potty training easier to ensuring your new furry family member doesn’t chew up your couch while you’re away. Crates are also one of the safest ways to travel with your dog in the car and are often required when staying at hotels or rentals while […]

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Renting with Pets: What to Know

Renting with Pets: What to Know

Credit: Zoetis Melody R. Conklin   Whether you’re renting an apartment or a house, it’s important to consider how your furry family members fit into the picture. Most rentals come with rules and regulations around the type of pets they allow, how many, what happens if they cause damage and more. With the stress of moving into or out of a rental, the last thing […]

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Don’t Let Feline Leukemia Sneak Up on Your Cat

Don’t Let Feline Leukemia Sneak Up on Your Cat

Credit: Zoetis Dr. Karen Stasiak   Feline leukemia virus (FeLV) is an infectious disease of cats that suppresses their immune system, making them susceptible to infections. Because it can be easily spread from one cat to another, it’s one of the most common infectious feline diseases, affecting 3.1% of all cats in the United States. It’s a disease that can go undetected for quite a […]

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