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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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Tis’ the season for traveling. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, most long-distance holiday travel — about 90 percent! — is by car. So, whether you’re heading south to a warmer climate or packing up and heading north to spend time with friends and family, don’t forget to keep pets safe as you pile into the minivan.

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Traveling with pets — puppies or adults — is safer and easier with a kennel. But there are many types of kennels available, so where do you begin?

First, you need the proper kennel for the type and size of your pet.

Plastic and wire kennels are both very good products for dogs and cats. Today’s wire kennels offer convenience and versatility features that usually make them a better choice for most pet owners. Soft, easy-to-fold crates and carriers are other great options that provide a lightweight alternative.

There’s no question that pets, like children, should be safely restrained while traveling. All it takes is a sudden stop or turn to seriously injure your pet — not to mention what could happen if you got in an accident.

Second, unrestrained pets are also the cause of many accidents, as they can distract or even interfere with the driver’s ability to control the vehicle.

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Our Puppy is Two! Happy Birthday, Emme.

by Melissa R. November 19, 2014

I can’t even believe it – how did my cute little puppy turn into a full-fledged two-year-old DOG? I remember thinking I couldn’t WAIT for her to be older….two seemed like a good age. And so far, it is. TRAINING: We continue our Agility training, and have been to a number of competitions this year. […]

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Lutino Cockatiel Rules the Roost

by Drs. Foster and Smith November 14, 2014

Frank is an adopted Lutino Cockatiel that rules the roost in Barb’s household. Take a peek at how Frank stole this Drs. Foster and Smith employee’s heart. QUICK STATS: Name: Frank (Short for Franklin Delano Cockatiel) Companion: Barb S. Species: Nymphicus hollandicus/ Lutino (white with yellow crest) Cockatiel Birthday: Unknown, but around September 1, 2007 […]

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2nd USDAA Agility Trial Recap

by Melissa R. October 6, 2014

My 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 […]

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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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