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Adair County Veterinary Clinic Blog

Caring for Your Pet Locally is Caring for Your Community

August 12, 2020

We’re proud to be part of this diverse and caring community. We are equally honored to be a local business that makes an impact on the happiness and health of your furry family members.

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3 Hidden Summer Hazards That Can Be Fatal for Pets

July 6, 2020

The dog days of summer are here. For many, this season comes with endless possibilities for having fun with your pets, like picnics, nature walks, and swimming pools. After being stuck at home for so long due to COVID-19, we bet you’re looking to break up the boredom with some outdoor adventures. As temperatures rise, so do the risk factors for heat and summer-related dangers. We want to share with you some of the hidden hazards associated with summer activities that pets and their owners adore.

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5 Ways to Prevent Doom & Gloom from Summer Booms

June 9, 2020

Does your dog or cat run and hide when there’s a thunderstorm? What about the Fourth of July? Between unpredictable weather and fireworks, your pet may be dreading summer.

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Making the Most of Quarantine with Your Pets

May 9, 2020

While COVID-19 quarantines continue across the country, you may be spinning your wheels to stay busy, productive, and positive. Luckily, our pets provide a great deal of comfort and companionship despite the isolation and stress caused by the Novel Coronavirus. As dogs and cats get used to having you at home, you may need to add some new activities to your repertoire to help keep them busy and make the most of your time together.

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Spring Into Spring... With These 3 Pet Safety Tips!

April 10, 2020

Are you ready to hop into spring? We sure are. In spite of the uncertainties of this unprecedented time, we are happy to see so many people (distantly) uniting and finding creative ways to be the community we’re proud to serve. From treasure-hunt style Easter egg hunts to the resurgence of “Victory Gardens,” it’s heartwarming to see folks looking out for each other while staying safe and healthy.

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Common Household Items Can Be Toxic to Pets: Here's What You Need to Know

March 6, 2020

March is Pet Poison Prevention Month. Many pet parents are surprised by the number of seemingly harmless items around the house that can cause serious injury or death for cats and dogs. To help you march through this spring and into the rest of the year with a safer home for your animal companions, here are the most common and dangerous household poisons to keep away from your pets.

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Make Your Pet’s Dental Health a Reason to Smile

February 13, 2020

Did you know that February is National Pet Dental Health Month? We love that this month is devoted to your canine’s canines, your kitty’s chompers, and your pet’s pearly whites. While your companion’s mouth may be a source of kisses and smiles, pet parents may overlook how much their pet’s dental health affects their overall well-being.

 

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Sit, Stay, Read On for Tips and Tricks to Teach Your Pet

January 15, 2020

Are you ready to ring in the New Year with some new tricks to teach your dog or cat? Yes--cats can learn tricks, and they’re rather good at it! January is “Train Your Pet Month”. You can celebrate with your best friend by teaching them a few new moves to impress the neighbors. It’s also a great time to make an appointment with our clinic to work on breaking some bad habits if you’re concerned about new or recurring behaviors that are getting in the way of the bond you share.

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5 Unbeatable Gifts to Give Your Pet This Year

December 14, 2019

As the holidays approach, you’ve probably switched into Santa-mode and started making a gift list and checking it twice. And like most pet parents, you probably buy your pets something extra special to thank your best friends for being oh-so-amazing! If you’re still deciding on the perfect present for your pets this year, we have some unbeatable ideas that your pets are sure to appreciate!

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Holiday Considerations for Your Pet: Seeing The Holiday Through Your Pet’s Eyes

November 6, 2019

Most pets are naturally very curious about the warm glow of candles and fire. During the holidays, we see kitties with scorched noses and puppers with burnt paws.

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Fall Pet Safety Prevention that Deserves Your Attention

October 11, 2019

Don’t let your pet “fall” into some of the most common safety hazards we see this time of year. Fall may be the most beautiful season to some, but there are unique risk factors you can prepare for. If you’re anything like most people, you breathe easier this time of year.

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September is Animal Pain Awareness Month

September 5, 2019

Nothing hurts pet parents more than believing their pet is in pain. And we can’t blame them. It’s hard to know exactly how much pain or discomfort our lovable pets may be in since they can’t ask for aspirin or show us where it hurts.

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Keep Your Pet Cool and Safe This Summer

July 6, 2019

Summer is here! Whether you have a hairless Sphynx or a hairy Husky, the heat this time of year can be dangerous for pets. Whatever the breed or size of your kitty or canine, there are a few things to keep in mind when it comes to keeping your pet safe and comfy as the mercury rises

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Pet Safety for this Fourth of July

June 12, 2019

Here are some of the most common questions regarding the Fourth of July and pet dangers. We tried to answer some questions you may have and suggest ways you can help keep your pet safe this Independence Day!

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Make the Most of this Summer with Our Summer Safety Tips

May 15, 2019

Summer is the best season to be a dog! The sunshine and great weather lead to endless possibilities of fun outdoor activities. From doggie paddling on a beach summer vacation to leaping through the woods, summer is dog-gone fun!

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Pet Poison Prevention: Are You Ready for Spring?

March 12, 2019

It can be scary when your pet has ingested a potentially toxic substance, especially when you didn’t see what he licked or swallowed. To help raise awareness of the issue and prevent illness or fatality in pets, the American Veterinary Medical Association named the third week in March Pet Poison Prevention Week. Below are some hazards you should be especially aware of this time of year.

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A New Year Equals New Opportunities to Be a Great Pet Owner!

January 6, 2019

Now that the calendar has officially flipped over to 2019, you may be focusing on meeting some new resolutions for the upcoming year. Perhaps one of those is to be an even greater pet owner than you already are. This is an excellent resolution, and Adair County Veterinary Clinic wishes to offer some tips below to help you achieve it!

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Rethinking Pets for Presents

December 15, 2018

The thought of a cuddly puppy or kitten under the Christmas tree may be tempting, but think twice before giving a pet as a present. The months following the holidays are often the busiest time for shelters as new pet owners grow weary of their Christmas gifts and the unexpected demands they require. Some shelters estimate that 50 percent of pets given as gifts end up abandoned.

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Safe and Thankful

November 5, 2018

The hustle and bustle of Thanksgiving is a part of the tradition for many families. But in the commotion, it's important to keep safety in mind for our four-legged family members. Our Adair County Veterinary Clinic veterinary staff offers these Thanksgiving safety tips to help you all have a safe and special holiday!

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Safe Spooking

October 2, 2018

Do you have plans for trick-or-treating this month? Parties? Visiting kiddos in creative costumes? As Halloween activities can often stretch through much of October, our Adair County Veterinary Clinic veterinary staff provides these tips to help keep this fun and spooky holiday safe for furry family members, too! You can help your pet enjoy the season by being mindful of “F.E.A.R.: food, environment, attire and recovery”

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Only the Lonely

August 1, 2018

Does your dog chew, scratch, whine or bark when left alone? Or does your cat urinate in your bed or meow loudly? While more common in dogs than cats, you may be tempted to conclude your pet has separation anxiety. It's important to properly evaluate the behavior to avoid a misdiagnosis and delay in proper training or treatment to correct the issue as many of the behaviors and cues associated with separation anxiety can also be attributed to other medical or behavioral concerns.

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The Top Summer Safety Issues for Dogs and Cats

June 14, 2018

Now that summer is finally here, you and your pet can spend more time outdoors enjoying all that the season has to offer. Like the other three seasons, summer presents unique safety challenges for our companion animals. The good news is that you can enjoy a wonderful summer with your pet by taking a few simple precautions recommended by our Adair County Veterinary Clinic veterinarians.

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Guard Your Pet's Heart: Why Prevention Just Makes Sense

April 3, 2018

The heartworm parasite presents a serious and sometimes fatal threat to companion animals. Unfortunately, it is easy for your pet to pick up and difficult to treat in dogs. There is no heartworm treatment for cats.

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Pet Health Checklist: 4 Tips to Keep Your Pet Safe This Spring

March 7, 2018

Our recent winter is one we're looking forward to leaving behind,  and it officially ends this month. As you look forward to spring, the Adair County Veterinary Clinic veterinary team encourages you to take a few minutes to consider seasonal hazards from your pet’s perspective. 

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Preserving the Pearly Whites

February 2, 2018

Did you know that it’s National Pet Dental Health Month? The American Veterinary Medical Association (AVMA) started this awareness campaign several years ago to alert people about the importance of caring for their pet’s oral health.

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