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Itchy, Itchy, Itchy

Posted by on Sep 22, 2016 in Blog | 0 comments

                  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, rub, and in many...

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Helping Children Deal With the Loss of a Pet

Posted by on Sep 12, 2016 in Blog | 0 comments

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 deal with death,...

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Add Trimming Pet Nails to Your To-Do List

Posted by on Apr 5, 2016 in Blog | 0 comments

              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 lameness. At Ash...

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How Does Tainted Water Affect Pets?

Posted by on Mar 10, 2016 in Blog | 0 comments

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 confirmed with...

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

Posted by on Mar 3, 2016 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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Brushing Your Dog’s Teeth Is Not As Hard As It May Seem!

Posted by on Feb 18, 2016 in Blog | 0 comments

Of course, February is not the only month you should be concerned about your pet’s oral care, but it is a time for us to bring attention to such an important part of your pet’s health. What would happen if you stopped brushing your own teeth altogether? Even if you only ate hard food, as most dogs do, there still would be problems such as bacteria and tartar which lead to halitosis (bad breath). Like humans, it is recommended to brush your dog’s teeth twice daily. Here at Ash Veterinary Clinic and Emergency Center, we understand that...

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Is there hope for bad breath?

Posted by on Feb 3, 2016 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

When animals come in to Ash Veterinary Clinic and Emergency Center for a dental cleaning, one of the toughest topics to discuss with owners is tooth extractions. Your pet may need a tooth extracted when the tooth is badly decayed, mobile or when there is a serious infection affecting the tooth. Contrary to most owners’ beliefs, pets can function and eat quite well with missing, rotting and painful teeth. Since February is National Pet Dental Month, we want to make every pet owner aware of what a professional teeth cleaning entails and what...

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Looking for Warmth in Winter

Posted by on Jan 28, 2016 in Blog | 0 comments

With temperatures falling and winter finally setting in, everyone is trying to stay warm. This goes for our furry family members too. While you can put on another layer of clothes or pull out another blanket, your pets cannot. Many times they will look for the warmest place, even if it is inconvenient for you or dangerous for them. The most common one we see is outdoor cats who curl up under the hood of a car where there is a warm engine. A cat that hides or lies in this warm, seemingly safe and protected place, it can be disastrous if they...

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February is National Dental Month!

Posted by on Jan 18, 2016 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Root canals, dental x-rays, orthodontics, crowns, caps, implants, and periodontal surgery for pets? You must be kidding! Not at all. Dental procedures are performed daily in veterinary practices and taking care of your pet’s teeth at home may be easier than you think. At Ash Veterinary Clinic and Emergency Center, we want to make sure you know how to keep your furry family member’s teeth pearly white and smelling great! Examination is the key to diagnosis and helps determine the health of your pet’s teeth and mouth. A pet owner can help by...

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Check Your Pet’s Tags!

Posted by on Jan 13, 2016 in Blog | 0 comments

Many pets get new collars for Christmas, so when you are changing your pet’s jewelry over, make sure to check their tags. Make this a New Year’s tradition that will ensure the safety of the furry friends that we call family. Here at Ash Veterinary Clinic and Emergency Center, we know that New Year’s resolutions are hard, but this task is far easier to accomplish.  Set a plan to do your “neck checks” around the first of the year. It is easy to remember that way. Call your dog over and play along. You want to look for wear and...

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