Arthritis and Your Hiking Companion

Arthritis and Your Hiking Companion

With the passing of every day, we all get older. Sometimes it feels that if you blink too quickly, your new puppy will start to develop silvery gray hairs along his muzzle. For those of us who hike frequently with our dogs, one of the first signs of old age is a dog who is slowing down on the trail. Or perhaps he runs hard all weekend, only to end up stiff and limping after a night of sleep. These…

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Cat Boredom Busters

Cat Boredom Busters

Why do cats need boredom busters? While the housecat life is a safer one that results in cats living longer, healthier lives, it can also be a less mentally stimulating life compared to life outdoors. The environment rarely changes significantly and many housecats are left home alone during long workdays. This can result in a rather monotonous (aka boring) life for our cats unless we, as their caretakers, strive to help make their worlds a more exciting place. If I…

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Hixon Forest: The Gem of La Crosse, WI Hiking

Hixon Forest: The Gem of La Crosse, WI Hiking

Glia and I have lived in La Crosse, WI for about 3 years now, and our favorite part of the city is the hiking opportunities. We have several trails that we frequent on a regular basis( see 5 best dog-friendly hiking trails in La Crosse, WI). From trails inside the city limits to exploring the local state parks (like Perrot State Park in Wisconsin and Great River Bluffs State Park in Minnesota), we love hiking the bluffs and river. Of all of these…

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Tips For A Petacular Halloween

Tips For A Petacular Halloween

The end of October is fast approaching. Soon it will be October 31st and Halloween will be upon us. Read on for my tips and tricks to enjoy a petacular Halloween! Petacular Halloween Costumes This wouldn’t be a proper petacular Halloween post if I didn’t start off with a paragraph about pets in costumes. The resident pets at my house have suffered through a few costumes over the years. Just like harnesses and collars, it is important that costumes fit…

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An Ode to the Veterinary Technician

An Ode to the Veterinary Technician

October is a month filled with wonderful things. Crisp days, colorful leaves, all things pumpkins spice and national veterinary technician week! National veterinary technician week extends from October 15th – 21st, 2017. As many of you know, I pay the bills by working as a veterinarian. I wouldn’t be able to provide the same standard of care to my patients if I did not have amazing, hardworking veterinary technicians at my practice. (Let’s be honest, I need all the amazing,…

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The Complete New Puppy Checklist

The Complete New Puppy Checklist

So you have finally made the big decision to add an intrepid puppy to your life. Congrats! This is an exciting decision and one that will change your life for roughly the next 10-15 years. Mostly in a great and wonderful way, I promise. However, before you pick up your furry new addition, it is important to make sure that you (and your home) are ready for a puppy. Use this new puppy checklist to make sure that you aren’t…

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The VOHC Seal and Your Pet

The VOHC Seal and Your Pet

What is the VOHC seal? The Veterinary Oral Health Council (VOHC) concept was developed in the late 1980s and early 1990s. Veterinary dentists recognized that there were many products being marketed to improve the dental health of pets. However, there was not an objective means of recognizing which products actually worked. As a result a panel of veterinary dentists and representatives from several veterinary organizations agreed upon a protocol for testing effectiveness of plaque and calculus retardants in dogs. (Note…

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Peanut Butter – Apple Dog Treats

Peanut Butter – Apple Dog Treats

Fall is here! It is time to hike through fallen leaves and pull out the fall sweaters. Besides visiting all of my favorite local La Crosse, WI hiking trails, one of my favorite fall activities is apple picking. There is something special about the taste of a crisp apple picked straight from the tree. Luckily for me, there are several apple orchards within an hour of La Crosse. As a result, my house is currently overflowing with apples, so even…

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Dog-Friendly Hiking at Perrot State Park

Dog-Friendly Hiking at Perrot State Park

Beautiful fall weather is starting to arrive here in Wisconsin. This is one of my favorite times of year for hiking with my dog, Glia. The weather is crisp, but not cold. The summer bugs are reducing. And if you time your hike right, the fall leaves are stunning. One of my favorite local places to hike, is Perrot State Park. Why do I love taking my dog hiking at Perrot State Park? Read on to discover some of the…

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Help! I can’t get my cat in the carrier!

Help! I can’t get my cat in the carrier!

The Dreaded Cat Carrier The cat carrier… an item that can strike fear into the hearts of both cats and their owners alike. Most of us have heard the stories (or experienced the sensation ourselves) of attempting to place a normally calm and sweet cat into a carrier, only to find that the cat morphs into an acrobatic, scratching whirlwind upon seeing the carrier. You wouldn’t think that an animal that weighs less than 15 pounds could resist so efficiently….

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