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Senior Pets By:  IVMA Member Dr. Leslie Brooks November is National Senior Pet Month! With the advancement and growth of veterinary medicine, funding, and research over the past few decades, our pets are living longer, healthier, and happier lives than ever before. While this is wonderful for the human-animal bond, it also means we should be aware of normal aging changes and things we can do as pet owners to make life a little more comfortable for our senior pets. What Age is Considered Senior? The age at which a dog or cat is...

National Cat Day By:  Dr. Leslie Brooks National Cat Day is October 29th, right before Halloween. I remember being a kid and my mom making sure our black cat was kept inside the week of Halloween for fear people may harm him since black cats had been historically considered bad luck and were to be feared on Halloween.  Regardless of the historical myths surrounding cats, cats are unique and oftentimes misunderstood. They are much more independent creatures than dogs and have more subtleties in their means of expression.  This can make...

Pet Obesity Awareness Dr. Leslie Brooks One of the biggest and most challenging health problems our pets face today is obesity. According to a study conducted by the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention, 60% of cats and 56% of dogs in the United States were overweight or obese in 2018.  And while being overweight or obese is nearly a completely preventable problem, pets that are overweight or obese are at a much higher risk of developing many other negative health conditions.  With National Pet Obesity Awareness Day being October 14, we want...

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,...

The holidays can be a busy and hectic time for most of us, but if you have committed to bringing in a pet on Christmas morning here are a few things to consider. You’ve reviewed your finances and time commitments and decided that adding a new pet to the family is achievable so how do you select the new pet?  Below is a list of questions to ask yourself and considerations to think about before you and your family make the big decision to become pet owners or adding additional pets...

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