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The gift of pet health

The gift of pet health

Every year, Americans spend nearly $60B on our pets! Nearly a quarter of that is spent on pet toys and other accessories (the biggest spend is on food). We’re sure your pets, like ours, can look forward to some special treats at this time of year. Perhaps a replacement for their favorite toys, the ones that have suffered  some wear and tear over the year.  Or maybe some new ones to spark their interest? The breadth of choice for pet parents is a testament to the place pets occupy today as members of our extended family.

Presents!Celebrate

New toys or additional time at daycare are wonderful ways to share our love with our pets, but they’re not the only way. This year, think about giving the gift of health – the gift that keeps on giving. Continue…

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Dog breeds

Dog breeds

Spanish Water Dog

One of the foundations of our relationship with dogs is the variety of conformations and behavioral attributes that have developed in the species through selective breeding programs. Imagine if all dogs looked like wolves! Dogs may have made good companions from the start of our relationship, but the development of dog breeds and useful, working dogs – terriers to help control vermin; hounds for hunting; herding dogs to control flocks – helped to cement the relationship. Continue…

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Founding Fidos – dogs of the Revolution

Founding Fidos – dogs of the American Revolutiondogs, foxhounds

We’re looking forward to celebrating the 120th anniversary of the birth of the nation this Fourth of July – how quickly time has passed since the Bicentennial year of 1976! Since we’re veterinarians, this seems like a good time to recognize the Founding Fidos – the pets of the Founders who led the United States through the Revolution and beyond.

The first settlers brought farm animals, of course, but also dogs and cats as pets, which they called “favorites”. In addition, colonials made pets out of the wild animals they encountered in North America, including raccoons, deer and squirrels – even beavers.

George Washington raised hounds (he was father of American Foxhounds as well as the country). After the battle of Germantown, his men found a hound whose collar identified him as belonging to General Howe, a British officer. Despite being at war with England, Washington instructed that the dog be cleaned and fed and returned to his owner – dog lover to dog lover.

Abigail Adams brought the first pets to the White House, her horse Cleopatra and two mixed breed dogs named Juno and Satan. She wrote to her granddaughter: “If you love me … you must love my dog.”

A portrait of William Penn with his Great Dane hangs in the state capital building in Harrisburg; in 1965, Pennsylvania declared them the official state dog.

Briards won the heart of Thomas Jefferson, who was bought a pregnant bitch in France, while he was the minister to that country. Bergère (or Buzzy) whelped two pups on the trip back to America and jump started his breeding program.

Ben Franklin’s son, during his time in France as ambassador, kept a large Newfoundland that was much remarked upon. It’s still hard to ignore them!

Samuel Adams also kept a large Newfoundland named Queue, who displayed his revolutionary fervor by attacking anyone wearing a British uniform. He survived many counter-attacks from disconcerted Redcoats.

The first house cats living at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue were reported to have belonged to Abraham Lincoln; they were named Tabby and Dixie. He once remarked that Dixie was “…smarter than my whole cabinet.” Who knows – Dixie could be the subject for Doris Kearns Goodwin’s next book!

Have a very happy 4th with your pets!

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New choices for canine parasite prevention!

New choices offer dog owners optimal protection against parasites

Long-time dog owners remember the days when it took a shopping bag full of products – sprays, dusts, shampoos and foggers – to try and keep ahead of external parasites, and when heartworm medicine needed to be given every day. Even then, efficacy was spotty and breakthrough infestations all too common. Thank goodness we live in the 21st century!

While there are many products on the market today, these are the one we use for our own dogs, and recommend to our patients for their safety, effectiveness and cost to pet owners.Bichon maltais blanc assis & coquin sur fond blanc Continue…

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Toxic spring flowers

Large white lilies isolated on a white background.

Spring ahead!

Despite this week’s snow, spring officially arrived last weekend (thank goodness) and the promise of warmer weather and…flowers. They’re beautiful to look at, lovely to smell – but not always so wonderful for our pets. Most plant toxicities revolve around gastrointestinal upsets – vomiting and diarrhea – but some can cause serious, sometime fatal, damage to internal organs. Continue…

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Continuing education – improving skills is a lifelong project

Continuing Education

Veterinary education is long and rigorous; most graduates have spent at least eight years in higher education, and many go on to a post-doctoral internship to help further hone their skills after graduation – including many of the doctors at PRVC. Nevertheless, knowledge changes rapidly these days – how do doctors keep up? The answer is continuing education (CE).Never stop learning Continue…

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Pets and the holidays

Pets and the holidays

At this time of year, it doesn’t take much trolling through the Internet to find reasons to worry that your pets won’t survive the holidays. Pets and the holidays would seem to go together, but from your inbox to your social media pages, everyone seems to want you to be very, very afraid. Not us.

a gift

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Pets and Thanksgiving – giving thanks for pets

Pets and Thanksgiving

This month, as the days grow short and the nights long and colder, we gather together to give thanks – for our families, our friends and the bounties of life in this world. At our house, that thanksgiving includes our animal family – our pets.

A fundamental question

Why do we have pets? The reasons are diverse and unique, and every relationship tells a story. Continue…

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5 Halloween Pet Safety Tips

Halloween Pet Safety Tips

Halloween has always been a special night for children – trick or treat! – but lately we’ve let our pets share in the festivities. Just as parents need to exercise proper caution to keep their children safe, a few Halloween pet safety tips are in order to help ensure a good time is shared by everyone in the family.Bright Eyed Bumble Bee Continue…

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Back-to-School (dog training 101)

Dog Training 101

What a spectacular summer we had! But it can’t last forever, and there’s something reassuringly familiar about the fall groove – bright days, crisp mornings and the promise of dazzling fall colors. Our lives are settling back into the school year routine, even if no one is our house is a student anymore. But school isn’t just for people, of course – maybe it’s time for your puppy to attend kindergarten, or for your old dog to learn some new tricks.Dog training

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