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Feeding for the CureMichigan State University College of Veterinary Medicine is a recognized leader in canine and feline cancer research and treatment. Drs. Foster and Smith wants to support Michigan State University (MSU) in their efforts in these areas. The goal? An Annual Donation of at least $50,000!!! Read More Here

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Agility RibbonsMy 21 month old Nova Scotia Duck Tolling Retriever pup and I headed out to our 2nd USDAA agility trial a couple weeks ago. After enjoying our first one earlier this summer, I scoped out a few more in the area to try. This one was indoors at a newer facility we had never been at so we were looking forward to it.

It was in a great location because it was only about an hour away from my brother’s home – so we made base camp there and were also able to enjoy some time with my brother’s family! It did make for an couple early mornings (no weekend sleeping in here!). We arrived nice & early on Saturday as Emme needed to be measured again (new dogs need 3 measurements before they can get their official Height Card and not have to be measured each time). I knew Emme was at a minimum 18″ so there really is no question that she has to jump 22″ in USDAA. So we got measured and settled in with our friends, enjoying the air conditioned comfort as it was very warm & humid outside. read full post

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The Importance of the Veterinarian-Client-Patient Relationship (VCPR)

by Katharine Hillestad, DVM October 1, 2014

Sometimes people post questions about their animals here on our blog and feel frustrated when, instead of giving them detailed medical recommendations for their animal, we recommend they talk to their own veterinarian. Several people have asked us why we do this, so we thought we’d explain in case you were wondering.

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Children and Pets: 5 Tips to Keep Both Safe

by Claire H. September 24, 2014

Children, by nature, are inquisitive and hands on. When it comes to pets, this isn’t always a good thing. Here’s 5 tips I’ve found useful to assure the safety and happiness of both my kids and the pets they encounter.

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CLOSED: Feeding for the Cure Photo Photo Contest Finals!

by Drs. Foster and Smith September 15, 2014

Thank you to everyone who participated! The winners and where they chose to donate the $100 gift certificates to are: Cayman and Bailey’s donation will be sent to the Humane Society of Greater Savannah Gilbert’s donation will be sent to A Helping Wing Parrot Rescue Boomer and Ellie’s donation will be sent to the Humane […]

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Feeding for the Cure Photo Contest: Semi-Finals

by Drs. Foster and Smith September 10, 2014

There will be 5 WINNERS of the Feeding for the Cure Photo Contest. Each will be able to pick a non-profit pet organization to receive a $100 gift certificate for Drs. Foster and Smith! TO VOTE FOR SEMI-FINALISTS: All images can be found here. Each like will count as a vote for that image. You […]

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Puppy or Adult Dog: Which is for You?

by Melissa R. September 5, 2014

If you are thinking about getting a dog for the first time, you may want to ask yourself this question first. Do you want a puppy or adult dog? There are many options out there when getting a new family member – you don’t have to start off with a puppy. Who might not want […]

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Feeding for the Cure Photo Contest – How to Enter

by Drs. Foster and Smith August 25, 2014

Enter to win the Feeding for the Cure Photo Contest and you can help the non-profit pet organization that means the most to you!

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Our First USDAA Agility Trial Recap

by Melissa R. August 18, 2014

My 20-month-old pup and I just returned from our very first USDAA Dog Agility trial (United States Dog Agility Association). I have only competed in AKC in the past, but a group of friends were going to this trail so we decided to make a fun weekend of it. We headed off Friday afternoon (it […]

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Chicken Sitting: City Slickers Can Have Rural Genes, Too!

by Barb S. August 13, 2014

Barb has the pleasure of chicken sitting when her neighbors are away. Here’s her account of her most recent sitting experience.

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Take the Pain Out of the Cost of Carprofen

by Drs. Foster and Smith August 12, 2014

Recently, Bayer released Quellin™, the first ever SOFT chew form of Carprofen. Quellin is the bio-equivalent of products such as Rimadyl® and Novox®. Talk to your veterinarian about Quellin if you think it may be right for your dog.

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GIVEAWAY CLOSED: Eshopps NEW Refugium LED + Refugium!

by Aquatics August 11, 2014

GIVEAWAY ENDED. We are so excited about these NEW REFUGIUM LEDs from ESHOPPS we wanted to give somebody the chance to WIN ONE! …. AND A REFUGIUM TO GO WITH IT! To help spread the word about these NEW Eshopps Curve Refugium LED Lights, we are GIVING AWAY one to a lucky aquarist, along with […]

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Stay Informed: Fairness to Pet Owners Act Brewing in U.S. Senate

by Drs. Foster and Smith August 7, 2014

Here at Drs. Foster and Smith we like to keep our customers up to date on current events and news that pertain to pets and being pet owners. Back in February the House of Representatives introduced H.R. 4023 – Fairness to Pet Owner’s Act. Recently, dvm360.com posted about the Senate preparing a companion bill to […]

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The Mixed Breed vs. Purebred Debate

by Melissa R. August 4, 2014

A debate recently occurred on a friend’s Facebook wall, even though that was not what she intended. She had posted about how she loves her Purebred dogs, and values that she knows their bloodlines and genetic history back for ages. She had in the past owned mixed breeds – which she loved dearly… But somewhere […]

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