Ash Veterinary Clinic



Wet Weather Blues

Posted by on Jul 24, 2019 in Blog | 0 comments

                  It seems like the only weather we had this spring was rain, rain and more rain. While wet weather has plenty of benefits, rain leaves behind bacteria and parasitic riddled puddles which can make your dog or cat very sick. In the wake of wet weather, pets that spend time outdoors are more at risk of contracting bacteria like leptospirosis and parasites like giardia.                 Leptospirosis (Lepto) is an infection caused by leptospira bacteria, which is found in soil and water. This usually affects dogs and is less...

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Grain Free Dog Food

Posted by on Jul 15, 2019 in Blog | 0 comments

In the veterinary business, we often see that trends in human health and nutrition tend to be applied to pet health and nutrition. In the desire to live a healthier life, many people have turned to grain free diets for themselves. This in turn, has led many pet owners to transition their animals over to grain free diets as well. Recently the FDA has reported that feeding your pet a grain free diet exposes them to a greater risk for heart disease. (Follow this link for the entire report by the FDA:

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Fireworks Fear in Pets

Posted by on Jul 1, 2019 in Blog | 0 comments

  Summer is full of celebrations involving fireworks. Canada Day is on July 1 and Independence Day is on July 4. Some pets are not bothered by fireworks, but others have the potential to get hurt trying to get away from the terrifying noise and lights. Independence Day is the busiest day of the year in shelters and many pets get lost or injured. Most pets will do better if they are not home alone during firework events. Try to think ahead before leaving for your 4th of July celebrations.                 Signs of anxiety can include pacing,...

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Posted by on Jun 17, 2019 in Blog | 0 comments

  There are thousands of different species of fleas throughout the world. These creatures attack both pets and humans and inhabit their hair and our homes. Despite numerous technological advances, fleas continue to represent a potentially lethal plague upon our pets. Current flea preventions are very effective so there is little reason for a flea infestation of pet, owner or home. The problem seems to be one of understanding. In this article, we hope you become more aware of the different types of fleas and what to look out for so you can...

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What to Expect At the Vet

Posted by on Jun 3, 2019 in Blog | 0 comments

            Sometimes taking your pet to the veterinarian is as stressful for you as it is for your pet. Between wrestling a cat into its carrier and a dog into the car, you are already worn out before you even reach the veterinarian’s office. It is recommended that your pet see the doctor at least twice a year, so here at Ash Veterinary Clinic, we want to keep you informed on what to expect when your pet sees the doctor.             When you are in the exam room with a veterinarian and they are petting your animal, the doctor is actually...

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What Is an Emergency?

Posted by on May 29, 2019 in Blog | 0 comments

                  Having a sick pet can be a very scary experience. It can also be very stressful, not only for the pets, but for you the owner, too. When your regular veterinarian is not available, it may be hard to decide if your pet requires immediate attention at an emergency clinic. There are certain symptoms that should never be ignored. Seek immediate care for your pet if you see any of the symptoms listed below.                 Gums any color other than pink. You can check the color of your pet’s gums by lifting up your pet’s lips. If...

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Posted by on May 13, 2019 in Blog | 0 comments

  It has been a long, long time coming, but we can finally say that spring has sprung in Michigan. The snow has melted, the trees have leaves and flowers are blooming. The weather is getting nicer, so it is great to spend time outdoors. Your pets may be begging to go too, but before you open the doors and windows, we want to make sure that all of your pets are ready for spring!                 Months of inactivity can make your pet more prone to weight gain and injury if activity is “too much, too soon.” Start with controlled exercise such as...

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Ways to Exercise With Your Pet

Posted by on Apr 22, 2019 in Blog | 0 comments

            It is estimated that nearly 35% of pets are overweight. That correlates with the numbers that 35% of Americans are overweight. Being overweight increases your pet’s risk for many serious conditions, such as arthritis, diabetes, breathing problems and heart disease. In today’s society, people are pulled in so many directions that it is much easier to toss a treat to their pet than it is to find the time to walk them. To tell if your pet is overweight, look at him from above. Standing, your pet should have an indentation where his...

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Easter Hazards

Posted by on Apr 15, 2019 in Blog | 0 comments

            Now that spring is here and the weather has finally taken a turn for warmer days, everyone is looking forward to getting out of the house. With colorful decorations for Easter livening up the scenery, spring is a great time to take an inventory of potential pet hazards. Here are a few quick tips from Ash Veterinary Clinic on what to watch out for this spring.              For some pets, Easter grass is simply irresistible. It moves easily in the breeze, makes interesting sounds and feels good on their gums when they crunch it....

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When Aggression is an Issue

Posted by on Apr 10, 2019 in Blog | 0 comments

We often value protection (aggression) against intruders, and expect our dogs to make judgments beyond their experience, training or ability. Since a dog that bites humans may go months between bites, people tend to downplay the significance of aggression. The fear of losing your dog can also contribute to denial and failure to deal with the problem. It is impossible to list every behavior or situation that may be reason for concern, but if something does arise, be sure to consult your veterinarian. When indicated, your veterinarian can help...

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