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BACK TO SCHOOL

Posted by on Sep 10, 2018 in Blog | 0 comments

By Dr. Toinette Strusinski-Broschay For Digital First Media   Do you know what your dog and cat are going to do when you go back to school? It happens every year. It is time for school – new teachers, new friends, and lots of homework. Are you ready? Are your pets ready for you to go back to school? Your pets have been used to you being home all summer and will miss you when you are gone all day. We want to make the back to school adjustment easier for both you and your pets! Let’s start with the beginning of the day. Because it...

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

Posted by on Aug 15, 2018 in Blog | 0 comments

  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 look in your...

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4th of July Hazards

Posted by on Jul 6, 2018 in Blog | 0 comments

If there is one holiday that is unpopular at veterinary hospitals, it is the Fourth of July because the fireworks and other celebrations of can trigger pet care tragedies, which means a flow of lost, sick or injured pets.                 Loud noises startle and distress pets, because they have very sensitive hearing. Scared pets have been known to jump out of apartment windows, leap over or dig under fences, or chew their skin until it is raw. They may also bolt out an open door to become lost or hit by a car. Even the ones who just tremble...

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WHY IS MY PET ITCHY?

Posted by on Jun 29, 2018 in Blog | 0 comments

Coping with an itchy pet can be an extremely frustrating experience that can truly test the limits of the human-animal bond.  Persistent scratching and chewing by the pet can also result in injury and open wounds.  Here at Ash Veterinary Clinic and Emergency Center, we want to provide you, the pet owner, with a basic understanding of the most common underlying causes of itching and allergies in your pets. The most common cause of itching in pets falls into two groups: external parasites and allergies.  The external parasite that most commonly...

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Summer Hazards

Posted by on Jun 13, 2018 in Blog | 0 comments

 The long days of summer are a great time to have — or be — a pet. But this glorious season for outdoor activities is not without its hazards. Knowing what to look out for is half the battle. We at Ash Veterinary Clinic want to make sure that pet owners are aware of some of the basic heat hazards. Cats have enough sense to nap on warm afternoons, but dogs do not. If you let them, they will go where you do, even if it is too hot. Dogs are not good at keeping themselves cool, and they rely on us to keep them out of trouble. The...

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Dog Bite Prevention

Posted by on May 18, 2018 in Blog | 0 comments

     Recently, we honored dog bite prevention week because dog bites pose a serious health risk to our communities. More than 4.5 million people are bitten by dogs each year in the United States, and more than 800,000 receive medical attention for dog bites, according to the Centers for Disease Control. At least half of those bitten are children.      Why do dogs bite? Dogs bite for a variety of reasons, but most commonly as a reaction to something. It is important to remember that any dog can bite: big or small, male or female, young or old....

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Forgetting Feline Friends

Posted by on May 14, 2018 in Blog | 0 comments

            Why is it that cats make up the majority of household pets in America, but dogs are seen more at veterinary clinics? Many people have the misconception that cats take care of themselves, but they rely on us for more than just food, water and shelter. Their emotional and physical needs are just as important. Many people consider their cat as a member of the family; however, some cats are strictly barn cats and live outdoors. Even these can need healthcare, too. Our goal is to make owners aware of the importance of feline...

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Know Your Four Legged Laws

Posted by on May 7, 2018 in Blog | 0 comments

                With summer approaching, we think about vacations, which many times include taking furry family members too.  Often, this includes a road trip and when you take your pets, you should be aware of the laws and the safety of your pet while traveling. One of the most important and potentially dangerous things you can do is driving while distracted.  Everyone knows you should never text while driving, but have you ever thought of your pet as a distraction?  Anytime you travel in a vehicle with your pet, they should be restrained...

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Why is My Pet Shedding?

Posted by on Apr 25, 2018 in Blog | 0 comments

Spring, for many people, is the beginning of good things to come. We look forward to more sunshine, nicer weather, picnics and fun. What we don’t look forward to is picking up tons of hair from our shedding pets. No matter what breed or kind of pet you have, shedding is a normal daily event, and in areas that have seasons, pets “blow their coat” starting in spring.             Shedding is a continuous process. Pets lose their winter coats in the spring when it is replaced by a shorter, lighter one. In the fall, this cycle is reversed, as the...

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What you need to know about Lyme disease!

Posted by on Apr 23, 2018 in Blog | 0 comments

While the infection we know today as Lyme disease has been around for at least a century, public awareness and confusion didn’t really occur until the late 1980s. Media exposure of this infection virtually exploded, leaving the public with some basic knowledge and concern about this infection as it pertains to themselves and their dogs. The canine experience of Lyme disease is very different from the human infection; however, both species get the disease from the deer tick. Deer ticks are the largest transmitter of Lyme disease in the...

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