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When should you start training your pet? According to the American Veterinary Society of Animal Behavior  “In general, puppies can start socialization classes as early as 7-8 weeks of age. Puppies should receive a minimum of one set of vaccines at least 7 days prior to the first class and a first deworming. They should be kept up to date on all vaccines throughout the class.”  The idea is to also start socializing your pet; with other animals and people. Positive Reinforcement training. Positive reinforcement training often uses verbal cues, hand signals, treats,...

Halloween Hazards – What to look out for this Holiday Halloween is a fun time of year with the dazzling array of costumes, trick-or-treaters trekking door to door around neighborhoods collecting more candy than they will ever eat, scarecrows, skeletons, haunted houses, and much more! While it might be you or your children’s favorite holiday, your pets might think otherwise about these spooky surprises. Read on for tips and tricks to keep Halloween fun for your pets too! Trick or Treat! – While many of us would choose “treat” in this...

Bing, Bang, Boom! It’s that time of year again. That’s right-FIREWORKS! July comes in with an explosion of dazzling lights that is sure to bring out your Patriotic spirit as well as that twinkle in your eye. Now, go ahead, cue the ooh’s and aww’s. But it’s no secret, dogs HATE fireworks-well at least some dogs anyways. Yet, if you are the owner of one of those “some,” then you have experienced the shaking, panting, puddle that was once your best friend.   But what in the world can you do? Here is...

Heartworms are a parasitic worm that lives within the heart and blood vessels of the lungs. If they live to this stage of life, they can cause severe problems for your pet. However, there is a simple way to decrease the chance of this happening: using a preventative medication regularly. The heartworm can infect your pet when they are bitten by a mosquito. This leads many pet owners to believe that they can skip a few of the colder months, only giving the prevention when they think there are mosquitos outside,...

Leptospirosis (Lepto) is a disease caused by Leptospira bacteria that can affect both animals and humans. In fact, it is currently the most common zoonotic disease in the world, that can be transmitted from animals to people. How does one get the Lepto virus & how does it spread? Leptospirosis is carried by wildlife such as rats, raccoons, opossums, skunks, squirrels, and deer and is found in places where they may urinate, including lakes, streams, puddles, or soil in your backyard. But this doesn’t mean that only dogs that swim in lakes...

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