I am incredibly grateful to be a veterinarian. Since I was knee-high to a grasshopper, I’ve known I was meant to help and heal animals. My job is even better because I’m blessed to work with...
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Veterinary Team Appreciation Week celebrates the passion and dedication veterinary teams bring to their work, and it is the only event to recognize the entire staff of practices and hospital clinics &nd...
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Bringing home a new puppy is a time of great excitement! And the first 48 hours are crucial to acclimating your pup to your life. So plan accordingly! Think about it: pups may have just left their mom a...
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A scientific study published in Nature concludes dogs will share treats with other dogs, even if it means giving up their own goodies. Austrian researchers evaluated “prosocial” behaviors of...
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Considering a feline addition to the family? Cats make great pets, but before you go cat crazy and run out for a new feline friend, make sure you’ve done your homework, which should include all of ...
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  Congratulations! You’ve joined the Petplan pack, giving yourself peace of mind and putting your pet on the path to a long and healthy life. What happens now? You already know you’ve prot...
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Nothing is cuter than a new puppy (we dare you not to have your heart melted at those eyes). But your dreamy new family member can easily become a nightmare if you don’t start housebreaking, stat!...
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My favorite holiday may be New Year’s Day. It’s a time to reflect on the past year and an opportunity to chart a path for the next. On New Year’s Day, you have the next 365 days to imp...
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Warm bellies (and hearts!) with this recipe for a homemade, nutrition-packed treat from Dr. Ernie Ward. Yummy, meaty turkey paw pie is as easy as, well, pie!   Turkey Pie Paw (for dogs and cats!)...
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The average dog: he’s fearless in protecting the front door and vigilant in saving table scraps from the floor. But despite these noble deeds, does your dog have what it takes to be a hero hound? ...
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