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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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Winter is settling in up in Northern Wisconsin, so my family has been spending more nights snuggled in with the Christmas tree lights on, watching endless holiday movies, with warm mugs of tea. And, of course, with our 4-year-old black Labrador, Deke, and 5-year old Terrier/Chihuahua, Annie, snuggled up at our feet or on our laps.

It got me thinking about how dogs are masters of snuggling. 5 Reasons Best Snugglers

Does that ever happen to you? You sit down to relax, and your pets think you’ve sat down from a long day at work to scratch behind ears or give some belly rubs. Well played, pups. read full post


How To Make Your Own Bird Food Mix

by Briana Jones December 15, 2014

Check out these tasty recipes to meet the nutritional needs of your birds. A seed-only diet lacks essential vitamins and minerals key for long-term avian health. The secret? Variety. But what’s the real recipe for a well-balanced bird diet? This can vary depending on species, but the ideal diet consists of the following: 70 percent […]

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CLOSED: GIVEAWAY TIME! Instant Ocean Salt Mix

by Aquatics December 9, 2014

GIVEAWAY CLOSED. Winners have all been notified by email. Congrats to everyone and thank you for playing. How would you like to win a 200 gallon box of Instant Ocean Salt Mix? Well now is your chance! Here’s how to enter… Comment below by answering these two questions: Why did you decide to have a […]

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What’s the Most Unique Aquatic Experience?

by Briana Jones December 6, 2014

Aquatic Experience, held in Chicago in early November, was a must-see for any aquatic hobbyist. Some of you made the trip and got to meet our in-house experts. From educational seminars and hobbyist contests to a build-your-own-aquarium kid’s activity, the show was loaded with fun learning opportunities for all ages. Aquatic Experience, operated by the […]

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Agility Update!

by Melissa R. December 4, 2014

Emme and I headed to another AKC Agility trial this past weekend for just a day. We have not had any practice since our last trial about a month ago as Old Man Winter has blown in with quite the fury. We had a good 16″ of snow on the ground in just a couple […]

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Top 8 Holiday Safety Tips for Dogs

by Drs. Foster and Smith November 24, 2014

The holidays are here again! As always, we wish you and your pets the merriest — and safest — holiday season. The following tips can help you avoid pet-related holiday hazards, helping to ensure health and happiness all season long. Do not feed your dog “people food.” Most indulgent holiday foods will hard your dog’s […]

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How To Travel With Pets During the Holidays

by Drs. Foster and Smith November 20, 2014

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 […]

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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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