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Itchy, Itchy, Itchy

                  Why are pets so itchy lately?  That seems to be the most frequent question asked over the past 3 weeks and will most likely continue until November or December.  More often than not, the itching is related to allergies.  Allergies to what you may ask?  That is the million dollar question.  General allergies are some of the most frustrating disorders for owners and doctors to diagnose, treat and manage.  It obviously is difficult at home to listen and watch your dog (and cats too) scratch, thump, lick,...

Posted by on Sep 22, 2016

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Helping Children Deal With the Loss of a Pet

From the goldfish won at a school carnival that did not make it home alive to the hamster that escaped from his cage and was never seen again. If it is time for the cat or dog that has been in the family for years to now take a final trip to the veterinarian’s, the death of a pet can be a wrenching experience for a child.  Though the death of a pet can be a sad and perhaps scary experience for a child, it is also a chance for parents to set a model for grief and death. For most children, this will be the first time they...

Posted by on Sep 12, 2016

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Add Trimming Pet Nails to Your To-Do List

              Trimming your pet’s nails is often not pleasant for you or your pet. Because of that, many people leave the task to their groomer or veterinarian. The thing is, seeing these professionals more frequently will help your pet be more comfortable during this process. We have a process in which two people are involved trimming nails. Not only does it allow for the trimming to be done quickly but it allows the pet to be distracted during the trimming. Long nails can make walking uncomfortable and can even cause...

Posted by on Apr 5, 2016

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How Does Tainted Water Affect Pets?

Many people drink bottled water or filtered water from the refrigerator while your cat, dog or other pet’s water bowl is filled from the tap. Why should our furry (or scaly) companions drink lower quality water than us? First, it was the people of Flint that were found to have been tainted by lead. The area’s toxic water is the source of this potentially fatal contamination. Now, there are dogs that live in the vicinity of the Michigan city that have tested positive for lead toxicity. These are the first two pets that are...

Posted by on Mar 10, 2016

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Choosing to End an Animal’s Suffering is a Final Act of Love

  It is the question every pet lover dreads, “When is the right time to say goodbye?” There is never an easy answer to this question. Choosing to euthanize your pet is the hardest decision to make and we can tell you from decades of experience that it is a decision that never gets easier. We at Ash Veterinary Clinic and Emergency Center can offer you advice and support, and friends and family can offer you sympathy, but no one can make the decision for you. When you live with an elderly or terminally ill pet, you...

Posted by on Mar 3, 2016

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