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February 8, 2019 - 12:02pm

February is the month of love and we would love to hear why you love your pet. Better yet, show us!

During February we invite you to submit an original drawing or painting of why you love your pet and we will share it on our Facebook page. At the end of the month our staff will narrow down to the top 3 images in each category and then you, our Facebook family will vote online to choose your favorite.

Everyone who enters will receive an AHNA tote bag! You will receive a certificate of participation for your artwork. Bring the certificate to the hospital and you will be given...

January 22, 2019 - 12:24pm

We strive to provide the highest level of medical and emotional care for our patients. By working together, we can provide the best low-stress veterinary visits.  Did you know a great visit starts at home before you leave for your appointment and continues until your furry friend returns home again?
 
We understand that new places and new people can be worrisome to many cats and dogs, so we strive to decrease their fear, stress, and anxiety. With your help, we can help develop a pre-visit plan that we will continue to build upon at each visit. The goal is to minimize fear,...

January 21, 2019 - 10:14pm

Like us, our cats and dogs benefit from proactive dental care. Good dental habits are vital to a healthy pet, not just a healthy mouth.

Our pets seldom show us symptoms of mild dental disease. Usually, by the time they show signs (not eating, dropping food, pawing at the mouth, odor, or bleeding of the gums) pain and damage has occurred. Every day, your pet’s gums are progressing towards periodontal disease if you are not doing something to prevent it. Even when it reaches an advanced stage and is very painful, pets can’t tell you what they are going through!  Often families have...

December 18, 2018 - 4:14pm

By Dr. Amy Plankenhorn

We’ve all seen the pictures – it’s Christmas morning, and Mom or Dad brings an adorable puppy wearing a red bow into the room. The kids are delighted! The puppy is delighted! Mom and Dad high-five because this was the Best Christmas Ever!

Well, maybe it was, but maybe not. Giving a pet as a surprise gift can work out fine, but there are some important factors to take into consideration:

1)    Does the recipient have the time, energy and finances to be able to care for the pet appropriately? Kids may pledge to care for a new...

December 17, 2018 - 4:28pm

When cat litter was invented in 1947, it was made of grains of absorbent clay called Fuller’s earth. There was just one brand, called Kitty Litter, and cat owners had a choice between that or natural sand or sawdust.

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December 17, 2018 - 12:34pm

Give the gift of health!

Geriatric pets should have semi- annual veterinary visits instead of annual visits. This allows early detection of illness or other problems. It is also a great time to look at:

  • Nutritional needs - senior pets often need more easy to digest diets, and need different calories and nutrients to help as they age. Senior pets may need more of a specialized diet due to disease or aging changes. Increase or decrease in water intake can signal health changes. 
  • Weight management (gaining or losing weight)-
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December 4, 2018 - 2:38pm

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November 18, 2018 - 5:47pm

With the holidays fast approaching, now is the time to think about looking for a pet sitter or a kennel if you will be leaving your pets over the holiday. Take time for meet and greet appointments to see how your cat or dog reacts to the person. Take your pet for a test run at the kennel for a few hours, half day or overnight to see how they do. Talk with your veterinarian to learn other ways to help with your fearful or anxious cat or dog during the holiday season. Consult with a local trainer to get at home...

November 18, 2018 - 4:34pm
  • SSRI antidepressants
  • Lilies (Lilium & Hemerocallis)
  • Liquid potpourri
  • Glow jewelry and glow sticks
  • Household cleaners

The ASPCA sees an increase of certain toxins for cats during the holidays and winter months. Toxins can cause many symptoms including GI upset, salivation, seizures, or death. If your cat has gotten into any of the above toxins, contact the ASPCA Animal Poison Control Center (1-888-426-4435) and your veterinarian right away! It could be the difference between life and death.

SSRI Antidepressants

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November 7, 2018 - 8:24pm

Do you enjoy the heartwarming feeling that comes from giving?    

Do you have a special place in your heart for animals in need?

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