Ask the Vet

A regular column written in partnership with BluePearl Veterinary Partners.

Six tips for avoiding that holiday trip to the pet hospital

We’ve all eaten too much food at some point during the holidays, but most of us will not try an appetizer of tinsel or a main course of turkey bones. Pets are a different story. Every year at this time, dogs and cats start swallowing some ill-advised holiday foods — and things that aren’t food…

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Ask the Vet: Plan now for holiday pet travels

Yes, fall is almost here. And while your next big vacation with your pets might not happen until Thanksgiving or winter school break, now is the perfect time to plan for traveling with our pets. Some people like to plan travels meticulously, and some like to roam free. It’s really a matter of personal choice.…

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Ask the Vet: Don’t risk your dog’s life in the summer heat

As we enter the warm summer months, it’s fun to get outside to run, walk or play with our beloved and eager dogs.

But the heat can be deadly for dogs – and we’re not just talking about the tragic stories of pets locked in hot cars. Every year at BluePearl Veterinary Partners hospitals, we see dogs that have become dangerously ill or even died after going on hikes with their owners, playing too strenuously at a dog park or even being left in the yard.

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Ask the Vet: Considering Pet Insurance

When bringing home a new pet, most people have a variety of things they need to acquire, from a new, soft bed to plenty of nutritious food. We at BluePearl Veterinary Partners would love for you to add one more item to that list: pet insurance. As the cost of health care continues to climb…

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Ask the Vet: It’s allergy season for your pets, too

The spring allergy season is coming, and many people don’t realize that dogs can suffer just as much as humans. But that doesn’t mean your pets will start sneezing from all the pollen. You’re much more likely to see dogs and cats scratching themselves because of allergies, and developing related skin or ear infections, according…

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Ask the Vet: Prevent Pets from Packing on the Pounds

A majority of pets in the U.S. are suffering from a serious condition that not only shaves years off their lives but can also dramatically reduce the quality of the time they have left. It’s obesity. In fact, a recent study released by the Association for Pet Obesity Prevention found that more than 58 percent…

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Ask the Vet: Protecting Pets from the Winter Cold

As the temperature drops, it can make life unpleasant for everyone – including our four-legged friends. That’s why owners need take precautions to protect them when the mercury dips below freezing. But that doesn’t mean you have to spend the winter months huddled inside. Here are some ways to protect pets from conditions such as…

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Ask the Vet: Protecting Your Dog from Ticks

There are many delightful things about spending time with your dog during autumn’s cooler weather, from hikes in the woods to excursions to the local farmer’s market. One not so delightful aspect? Ticks and other pests that can cause discomfort or disease to your dog. As you may know, ticks can carry some dangerous diseases,…

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