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The Importance of Winter Grooming for Your Dog in Bolivar, MO

December 27, 2018 2:34 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

The arrival of the winter season means it’s time to bundle up in warm jackets. With the chilly winter weather, many pet owners postpone their regular dog grooming routine until spring. But the belief that a dog’s winter coat should be allowed to grow long to protect and warm the dog during the winter months is actually a common misconception. Good grooming is just as important from December through March as a short cut is during the hot summertime. However, it’s the dog’s undercoat that needs all the attention during the winter. Long, matted and wet hair can even make... View Article

The Pros and Cons of Declawing Your Cat in Bolivar, MO

December 13, 2018 2:33 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Cats are often the ideal pets. They’re easy, self-sufficient, fluffy and oftentimes loving—that is, until the claws come out. A cat’s natural instinct is to scratch on surfaces to remove excess claw material and to keep their nails clean and trim. Unfortunately, cats don’t realize just how destructive this behavior can be. That’s why many people consider declawing their cat. This has been a hotly debated topic in recent years, though. Some claim it’s unnatural, while others think it’s the best solution to an age-old problem. A cat owner needs to understand both sides of the debate before making any... View Article

Why Flea and Tick Treatments Are an Important Part of Year-Round Pet Care in Bolivar, MO

November 27, 2018 10:57 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

During the spring and summer, you’re probably pretty good about keeping up on flea and tick treatments for your dog. It’s a critical part of pet care in Bolivar, MO. However, since fleas and ticks thrive in hot, humid conditions, a lot of pet owners believe they can stop treating their dogs once the colder weather rolls around. Unfortunately, fleas and ticks can still survive in harsh conditions by attaching to animal and human hosts, and these pests can wind up wreaking havoc on everyone in your home. Read on to learn more about treating fleas and ticks during the... View Article

How to Prevent Dental Disease in Your Dog

November 13, 2018 10:57 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Lots of pet owners don’t think too much about the oral hygiene of their pets, but the reality is that caring for your dog’s teeth and gums is an essential aspect of caring for your pet’s overall health. If left untreated, dental disease in dogs can lead to major problems, including inhibited organ functioning. In order to avoid the negative effects of dental disease, it’s important to consider professional pet dental care in Bolivar, MO to get your dog into the best health possible. Why is oral hygiene so important? Your dog’s mouth is connected by its bloodstream to every... View Article

Tips for Trimming Your Dog’s Nails

October 24, 2018 10:03 pm Published by Leave your thoughts

Unlike humans, dogs have “living” nails that cover nerves and blood vessels called the quick. Because of this, dogs’ nails are exceptionally sensitive, and cutting a nail too close to the quick or cutting the quick itself can be an extremely painful experience for your dog. Trimming your dog’s nails can be a scary procedure, especially if your dog has black nails, which makes it more difficult to see where the quick begins and ends. If you’re uncomfortable trimming your dog’s nails, you can likely bring them in for a trimming session at your local vet. Many pet stores and... View Article