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WHY IS MY PET ITCHY?

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...

Posted by on Jun 29, 2018

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Summer Hazards

 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...

Posted by on Jun 13, 2018

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Dog Bite Prevention

     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...

Posted by on May 18, 2018

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Forgetting Feline Friends

            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...

Posted by on May 14, 2018

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Know Your Four Legged Laws

                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...

Posted by on May 7, 2018

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Why is My Pet Shedding?

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...

Posted by on Apr 25, 2018

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