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OUTDOOR CAT CARE

Posted by on Jan 14, 2019 in Blog | 0 comments

With all the frosty mornings of late, I worry about the cats that live outside. Yes, outdoor cats are resourceful. They basically know how to take care of themselves, with little to no help from humans. Yet, during the winter time, these outdoor cats will need extra help from their human friends to make it through the long winter months, especially during those spells of cold artic blasts and snowfalls. Even with their fur coats, outdoor cats need protection from the elements, preferably a warm and dry place to sleep. This is why feral cat...

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Winter Pet Paw Care

Posted by on Jan 8, 2019 in Blog | 0 comments

Winter boots are essential wear for people to provide traction and protection on snow and ice. Likewise, our pets need special care and attention for their feet during harsh weather too. Those fancy pet booties are not just a fashion statement! They can be very protective if your pet will keep them on, that is. Here at Ash Veterinary Clinic, we want owners to know how to minimize injury and discomfort for their pets’ paws and be aware of other winter dangers, too.                  If your pet is going on a walk or hike in snowy areas,...

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Holiday Gluttony

Posted by on Dec 17, 2018 in Blog | 0 comments

We have come to that magical time of year. To help make your holiday festive and safe, we want to share some of the holiday hazards that can cause you unneeded stress and trips to the veterinary emergency room.   With a little awareness, you can prevent some holiday hazards from stealing your joy. Most holiday pet hazards revolve around food and many owners share bits of food with their pet that is sometimes to their detriment. Just like us, when a dog or cat eats some of this yummy food, they can get an upset tummy. Many things can cause...

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Fall into preparation for Winter

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

                It is time to think about any danger that may present itself to your furry family members during the fall and winter seasons.  The most common thing pet owners think about is the weather.  When the weather begins to change and we see lower temperatures, it is important to provide your pets with a safe and comfortable place to wait out the winter months.  Whether your pets are indoor only, outdoor only, or a little of both, they all need some of the basic requirements for survival. First, food and shelter rank highest when...

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How to Identify Pain in Pets

Posted by on Nov 26, 2018 in Blog | 0 comments

If you ask someone if they are empathetic, most people will say yes. Most of us have been brought up to value empathy and consider it a good thing. We like to think that we can imagine and feel the discomfort and pain of another, which is the definition of empathy. When push comes to shove though, it is often tough to be empathetic to another person’s troubles. Veterinarians are often frustrated when they see a patient that they believe is in pain and recommend a treatment, only to have the client flatly deny that the animal is in pain and/or...

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Seasonal Safety

Posted by on Nov 19, 2018 in Blog | 0 comments

Keeping pets safe this holiday season can be trying. With all the different types of food and decorations that pets can get into, some people spend good parts of many holidays in after-hours veterinary clinics. Often times those trips could have been prevented by some holiday awareness. Here at Ash Veterinary Clinic, we want to remind you of what to look out for in the weeks to come. The first holiday of the season is fast approaching and here is a handy tip for Thanksgiving Day. Don’t share the goodies!  We love to share food with our...

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Dr. Google

Posted by on Nov 12, 2018 in Blog | 0 comments

As a veterinarian in a semi-rural part of the state, I see some pretty creative home remedies from clients. Some folks around here do not like to take their pets (or themselves) to the doctor unless it is something that causes them genuine alarm. Because of that mindset, some people tend to try to treat problems themselves. Here at Ash Veterinary Clinic, there are home treatments, remedies, and medications that we hear often which are not only untrue but can be dangerous to the pet.  Some start like this: “He’s been limping for about a month...

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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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