Is Summer Pet Care Different Than Other Seasons?

Summer pet care is important to pet safetyWhile we provide general care for our pets year-round, it’s important to pay special attention to seasonal issues. The associated risks of extreme weather are always significant, but issues that appear in January don’t necessarily turn up in July. As a result, let’s discuss the in’s and out’s of summer pet care!

Getting Ahead

Preventive care offers tremendous insight into your pet’s general wellness, and it enables us to get ahead of any developing issues. A major part of summer pet care is disease prevention, especially if you plan on being outside with your pet.

Likewise, parasite prevention is an absolute must to keep fleas, ticks, and heartworm-carrying mosquitoes at bay. Please let us know if your pet needs to update their year-round prescription. Continue…

Lost and Found: The Principles of Pet Microchipping

pet microchipping helps pet owners find their missing petLosing a pet is a terrifying scenario for pet owners, and one that is all too common. Millions of dogs and cats go missing from their homes each year, and even the most well behaved pet can easily slip out of a gate or door accidentally left open. Hanging up “lost pet” signs and posting to social media can help locate a missing pet, but did you know there is a way to significantly boost your chances of being reunited with a missing pet?

Pet microchipping is an easy, affordable, and highly effective strategy for locating missing pets, and we couldn’t be more in support of this widely used technology! Continue…

Do You Know What’s Out There? Ticks and Tick-Borne Diseases in Pets

Ticks and tick-borne illness are a serious threat to pet healthLike Mungo Jerry says, in the summertime when the weather is hot, we got… well, to be honest, we got ticks on our mind. It’s not quite as romantic as the song, but warm weather definitely has the team at Rutland Veterinary Clinic thinking about ticks and your pet. Why? Ticks can transmit many serious illnesses to your pet and even to you. It’s no laughing matter, which is why we want to share more about how to protect your pet against ticks and tick-borne diseases.

Ticks 101

Ticks are an arachnid and are closely related to spiders. There are more than 80 species of ticks in the United States. Only a few are harmful to pets and people. The most concerning is the brown dog tick, deer tick, and American dog tick.

Ticks are found in all 50 states. They’re most prevalent in early spring through late fall; however, many species are well adapted to temperature extremes and can go dormant in cold temperatures, only to revive with the first warm day. They live in wood piles, brushy areas, and tall grasses, preferring dark, moist places in which to lay their eggs.   Continue…

Just One Bite: The Importance of Heartworm Disease Prevention

heartwormModern pet owners have their hands full in making sure their pets are happy and healthy. Regular wellness exams, good nutrition, daily exercise, and plenty of snuggle time are all essentials when it comes to life with pets. Parasite prevention often takes a back seat, especially in the winter months, but this comes at a cost to our furry friends.

Heartworm disease is present in all 50 states. The risk of heartworm disease is increasing, despite safe, efficacious once a month prevention.  Allowing your pet to miss doses of heartworm prevention medication, or skipping it altogether, puts them at risk of contracting this deadly disease. Providing your pets with protection from heartworm is essential, and it begins right at Rutland Veterinary Clinic and Surgical Center

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Pet Poison Prevention: What Every Pet Owner Needs to Know

Pet Poison PreventionSince its establishment by congress in 1961, the third week in March has been designated as National Poison Prevention Week. The event was originally intended to educate the public on the dangers of accidental poisonings in children, but your friends at Rutland Veterinary Clinic and Surgical Center would like to take this opportunity to discuss pet poison prevention as well.

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Best Pet Parent EVER! Celebrating Responsible Pet Owners Month

Top-of-the-line, nutritious food in your pet’s bowl? Check! An array of interesting and pounce-worthy pet toys all over the house? Yep! Daily walks that show up all the other owners with your dog’s incredible training and personality? You got it! It may seem like nothing is missing in your quest to be the most responsible pet owner around (and we agree!), but it’s always good to brush up on your skills.

At Rutland, we’re happy to celebrate Responsible Pet Owners Month and recognize people like you who keep their pets healthy and happy. In observance of this special month, we thought we’d outline some of the skills and talents exemplified by amazing owners like yourself.

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Silent Culprit: The Causes and Treatment of Pet Obesity

pet obesityIt might start with a little extra begging between meals or cute, treat-worthy antics. Sometimes, pets are allowed to free-feed, a practice that inhibits portion and calorie control. Other times, owners feel guilty for leaving their pet alone and decide to treat them. Since pets don’t typically feed or exercise themselves, the root of pet obesity is overfeeding. However, there is good news. Pet obesity is entirely preventable and, once diagnosed, manageable!

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Is Cold Weather Pet Care a Necessity? You bet!

cold weather pet careSome pet owners glide from season to season seemingly unbothered by our climate’s requirements. However, in a place that commonly experiences single digits and sizable snowstorms, we know that cold weather pet care must remain a priority all season long.

We’re not saying you and your pet can’t enjoy the winter, but with a little extra care and vigilance, your fun factor can set new highs.

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Seasonal Concerns: A Spotlight on Holiday Pet Safety

holiday pet safetyIt’s the most wonderful time of the year, and also a potentially dangerous one for pets. When the temperatures drop and the holiday food and decorations come out, the risk of illness or injury to our pets increases.

Take a look around your home and make sure it’s a safe and inviting place for your four-legged family members. To help you out, your friends at Rutland Veterinary Clinic and Surgical Center have these essential holiday pet safety tips for creating a pet-friendly season.

A Festive Display

Decking the halls is a beloved holiday tradition, and as long as we keep pet safety in mind, we can continue to enjoy a festive home.

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The Endless Benefits of a Cat Friendly Practice

cat friendly practiceCats are America’s top pet, but they don’t receive the same level of veterinary care and support as their counterparts. Some of this is due to the stress and fear related to traveling, but a major deterrent for cats and their owners is the cold, scary environment of many veterinary hospitals. At Rutland Veterinary Clinic and Surgical Center, we’re prepared to change that perception with our cat friendly practice, and we’re positive you’ll see the difference.

Alarming Trend

It’s well documented that cats visit the vet less often. Allowing routine wellness visits to slide can drastically affect a cat’s overall health and longevity. However, when visiting a cat friendly practice, cats receive the care they need while experiencing less stress and fear.

Establishing a good rapport with a cat is easier during kittenhood. Certainly, cats of all ages can learn to love the vet’s office, but if we can convince a young cat that we care for them, routine care is more likely in the long run.

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