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Peanut butter has been a favorite treat for dogs for decades, but recently some brands that contain xylitol have appeared on the market. Xylitol is toxic to dogs and can even cause death. Please read the ingredient panel carefully before buying peanut butter if there is any chance your dog will get into it or someone might give it as a treat.
This month we proudly celebrated the second anniversary of our AHNA Puppy Preschool. We were excited to welcome 107 puppies and their families to our preschool during the past year. Just like our puppies, we have grown, matured and expanded what we offer in class over the past two years. We feel fortunate to have had the best puppy families join us.
Please help! Contact your legislators to object to the proposed North Carolina State Senate provision of the approved 2015 budget which would add sales tax to veterinary services. Taxing veterinary services is not a good idea for many reasons.
Last month we wrote about the treats we give to dogs to create a positive and happy atmosphere. Since cats and dogs can’t understand the benefits of coming in for veterinary care, we use treats, toys, soothing voices and gentle handling to help them think positively about coming in. For instance, by using treats, we can help them focus on getting yummy treats instead of the fact that they are having, for example, blood drawn for a test.
Socialization is a very important learning process through which puppies become accustomed to being around different types of people, animals, objects and environments. Puppies have a short window between 3-16 weeks of age when they are learning how to be a part of society and form opinions on what is scary and what is safe. In the wild, these opinions can be a key to survival.
An Annual Comprehensive Wellness Exam is one of the most important things you can do for your cat. Even if your pet has had several veterinary visits during the year due to illness or other problems, please make sure to bring your cat in for his or her annual wellness exam.