Dog Barn Hunt: New Sport Introduction

by Melissa R. January 14, 2015

My pup and I recently attended a “Barn Hunt” seminar in the area. Barn Hunt is a newer dog sport that has only been officially sanctioned since 2013. What is it exactly? There is a “barn environment” set up (think a big garage with multiple hay or straw bales set around and in piles maze-like). […]

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Does Your Dog Need to Lose Weight in 2015?

by Briana J. January 6, 2015

The notorious New Year’s resolution. Year after year, the number one resolution is to trim the waistline. But have you considered your pet’s calorie intake? New data just released from the Veterinary Pet Insurance Company shows that pet obesity is on the rise for the fourth straight year. Studies have shown that a quarter to […]

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5 Reasons Dogs are the Best Snugglers

by Briana J. December 17, 2014

Love is in the air. For my family that means spending nights snuggled in watching endless movies with warm mugs of tea. And, of course, with our 4-year-old black Labrador, Deke, and 5-year-old Terrier/Chihuahua, Annie, curled up at our feet or on our laps. It got me thinking about how dogs are masters of snuggling.  […]

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How To Make Your Own Bird Food Mix

by Briana J. December 15, 2014

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 pellets 20 percent fresh vegetables 10 percent seed and fruits If it were […]

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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 J. 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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