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From the weight loss journey of Mac the Cat, to keeping your pets safe from household poisons, our experts will provide you with relevant, educational information. Together, we can keep your furry family members safe, happy and healthy!

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  • My dog keeps itching…

    We know you’re starting to panic! When your pet seems to have an itch they just can’t scratch (enough), it’s time to check for the signs of fleas and ticks. These little parasites survive by ingesting blood from a host, like your pet. Typically, your pet will attract these pests after being outdoors, and while they can attract fleas and ticks year-round, we know they are about to spend a lot more time outside as it warms up.

    If your pet begins to experience abnormal scratching and licking, red patches of skin, hair loss, and flea “dirt,” there is a very good chance they have fleas. If your pet has a lump, wobbly walk, difficulty eating, cough, or inability to stand, a tick could be using your dog or cat as a host. Both fleas and ticks can cause your pet to develop very serious, and even life threatening, illnesses. It is very important that you consult a veterinarian right away if your dog or cat is experiencing these symptoms. Your vet will work with you to find the right treatment to get your pet back to good health!

    It’s all about prevention!

    While the repercussions of attracting fleas and ticks can be very scary, it is important to remember that you can ensure your pet is protected. With the help of your vet, you can pick a preventative option that fits your pet’s lifestyle and preferences.

    • Topical treatments will kill the parasites before they hatch and repel them from even contacting your dog or cat.
    • Collars are waterproof and odorless and prevent infestations.
    • Shampoos provides monthly control and relief if your pet if it has already experienced itching.
    • Sprays easily apply and can even be helpful for repelling mosquitoes.

    We also recommend trying to limit access to other wildlife in your yard like opossums and raccoons that may have exposure to fleas and ticks and consider professionally treating your home and yard.

    Give us a call at 563.441.7560 to schedule your visit for tick and flea prevention today!

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  • How clean are your pet’s teeth?
    January 29, 2019

    February is Pet Dental Month, and we’re all about helping you ensure your pet’s pearly whites are healthy and clean. We know brushing your pet’s teeth is probably on the bottom of your to-do list (if it’s there at all) so here are some tips to make everyone smile. Set a manageable goal for how …

  • Do’s and Don’ts for Dog Parks
    February 22, 2019

    You and your pet are ready to get out of the house for some exercise and social time! Weather is warming up (at least we hope) and getting outdoors in the beautiful spring sunshine is the top of mind for many dog owners. The Quad Cities has several dog parks for you and your furry …

  • Bunny Basics
    March 25, 2019

    While bunnies can be great companions, they’re also pretty high-maintenance roommates. Before the Easter Bunny brings your family a new pet, make sure you know the basics to ensure the best care possible.

  • My dog keeps itching…
    April 25, 2019

    We know you’re starting to panic! When your pet seems to have an itch they just can’t scratch (enough), it’s time to check for the signs of fleas and ticks. These little parasites survive by ingesting blood from a host, like your pet. Typically, your pet will attract these pests after being outdoors, and while …

  • Keeping it Cool for Your Pets this Summer
    May 29, 2019

    The heat is on! As your pets get ready to enjoy summertime, make sure you’re prepared to prevent heat exhaustion. Pets don’t sweat like humans with tons of sweat glands all over their bodies. Instead, they rely on thermoregulation (think panting). Use these tips as the temperatures rise to make sure your pets remain cool …

  • Tips for Fireworks Fears
    June 21, 2019

    Summertime is officially here! Fun in the sun, pool days, and celebrating the Declaration of Independence of the United States are all signs of the season. With the Fourth of July events right around the corner, it’s important to remember that fireworks can be scary for pets (even me, Mac, the office cat). The random …

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