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Free Workshop: Litter Box Blues

January 17, 2018

Urinating Outside the Box Education Workshop

Free Litter box training workshop

Join us January 24, 2018 at 5:45 P.M. for this free educational workshop.

We will cover a few common reasons why cats stop using the litter box, along with ways to remove the odor of cat urine.

The workshop will take place at Companion Care Animal Hospital:

5117 Dixie Hwy
Fairfield, OH 45014

Space is limited! Please contact Laura to reserve a spot: (513) 829-8989.

Please, no pets!

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Our 5 Favorite Dog Coats to Make Winter Walks Warmer

January 10, 2018

From functional luxury to practical affordability, these jackets will help keep your dog warmer during those necesarry winter walks.

Kuoser Cozy Reversible Plaid Vest

This reversible, vest-style coat comes in four plaid designs and seven sizes. It has a water-resistant layer and quilted filling. Affordable, handsome and perfect for the average walk.

Price: $14.99
Retailer: Amazon.com

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Didog Reflective Dog Winter Coat

A reflective coat is perfect for the short days and long nights of winter. Keep your pet warm with added safety during walks. This coat comes in red or blue and a variety of sizes.

Price: $17.99
Retailer: Amazon.com

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PetRageous Designs Stowe Dog Puffer Coat

Show your dog’s style with this on-trend puffer coat. Choose from red or yellow. Water-resistant on the outside and fleece-lines on the inside. Plus, it’s currently on sale!

Sale Price: $19.87
Retailer: Chewy.com

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Orvis Tweed Dog Jacket

Nothing says stylish luxury like British tweed. This jacket features a corduroy collar and warm quilted lining. Pink for the ladies and olive green for the gents!

Sale Price: $55.00
Retailer: Orvis.com

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Ruffwear Powder Hound Jacket

For the dog that needs performance outerwear, this jacket combines warmth for winter weather with freedom of movement. Unlike most jackets, it provides sleeves for added protection.

Price: $89.95
Retailer: Ruffwear.com

Buy It Here

 

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How to Keep Your Pets Safe and Comfortable in Frigid Weather

January 9, 2018

How to Keep Your Pets Safe and Comfortable in Frigid WeatherAfter a week of single-digit temperatures, everyone feels the chill– dogs and cats included! Now is a good time to remember some winter weather safety tips to keep your pets healthy and comfortable.

Limit Time Outside

PetMD offers these useful cold temperature guidelines:

“In general, cold temperatures should not become a problem for most dogs until they fall below 45°F, at which point some cold-averse dogs might begin to feel uncomfortable. When temperatures fall below 32°F, owners of small breed dogs, dogs with thin coats, and/or very young, old, or sick dogs should pay close attention to their pet’s well-being. Once temperatures drop under 20°F, all owners need to be aware that their dogs could potentially develop cold-associated health problems like hypothermia and frostbite.

“The best way to monitor dogs when it’s cold is to keep a close eye on their behavior. If you notice your dog shivering, acting anxious, whining, slowing down, searching out warm locations, or holding up one or more paws, it’s time to head inside.”

Staying Warm Inside

How to Keep Your Pets Safe and Comfortable in Frigid WeatherSometimes, during extreme cold, your furnace may have trouble keeping your home warm. If you find yourself putting on an extra pair of socks, your pets may be cold, too! Here are tips to keep your cat or dog comfortable:

  • Place warm blankets where your pets enjoy lying down, so they can snuggle up
  • Put a sweater on your pet
  • If you are using a fireplace or wood stove for extra heat, use a screen to keep your pet away from the flame
  • Help your dog warm up after coming inside by removing any snow or ice from his paws and body. Dry him off quickly as the snow/ice melts.

Freezing Temps and Outdoor Pets

How to Keep Your Pets Safe and Comfortable in Frigid WeatherIn extremely low temperatures, it is not safe to keep pets outdoors. We were heart-broken to hear about a Butler County dog found frozen to death in its un-insulated dog house. Follow this advice:

The dog warden provides straw at no cost for bedding in outdoor kennels, and those who cannot care for animals in extreme temperatures can call the dog warden’s office at 513-785-6542 for assistance. Residents can report pets left in the cold to the Butler County Sheriff’s Dog Warden at 513-785-1300 or by texting “COPS” to 274637.

Stay warm and safe! And, remember, it will be spring before we know it!

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Pet Safety Tips for the Holidays

December 13, 2017

Pet Safety Tips for the Holidays

Keep Your Pet Safe this Season as You Celebrate the Holidays

We all want our pets to be part of the fun during the holidays! Keep safety in mind as you celebrate with your pets, and you’ll avoid an unseasonable visit to the veterinarian.

Holiday No-No Foods

Keep these foods away from your pets:

  • Chocolate
  • Alcohol
  • Onions and garlic
  • Candy
  • Grapes and raisins
  • Meat Bones

Watch for These Poisonous Plants

Winter is a time people often think of bringing exotic indoor plants into their homes, but many common houseplants are poisonous to pets, like:

  • Poinsettias
  • Mistletoe
  • Holly
  • Lilies

Managing Pets with Holiday Guests

Having friends and family over is one of the best parts of the holidays! Help your pet celebrate by following these suggestions:

  • Keep your pet’s tags up-to-date
  • Hold your pet while people enter the house
  • Introduce your pets to guests, and let your pets get used to them
  • Give your pet a safe space away from crowds and noise
  • Teach kids how to safely treat a pet
  • NO tinsel
  • NO table scraps

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Important Information about Canine Influenza

November 20, 2017

Vaccination against New Dog Virus Required for Boarding, Bathing and Grooming

Recently, we have received questions from pet owners about a new dog virus called canine influenza.  This illness puts dogs at risk, but you can protect your dog.

Within the last 45 days, there have been 77 positive cases in Kentucky and 35 positive cases in Ohio, including locally.  To best protect our patients, we are requiring the canine influenza vaccine for all of our boarders, baths, and grooms.

Canine influenza is a virus that causes respiratory disease in dogs. Affected dogs may develop coughing, nasal discharge, fever, lethargy and loss of appetite. The signs of infection are similar to those of other respiratory diseases in dogs. With proper medical attention, most dogs will recover. However, in some cases, canine influenza can progress to a more severe or even life-threatening condition, such as pneumonia.

Important Information about Canine InfluenzaCanine influenza is highly contagious, so dogs visiting places such as doggie day cares, dog parks, boarding and grooming facilities are at higher risk for becoming infected. Making the situation even more difficult to control is that dogs can spread the virus before signs of illness appear. Canine influenza is a highly-contagious respiratory disease that spreads easily from dog to dog or indirectly transmitted through bowls, toys, clothes, or hands of the owner. Unlike human flu, which is seasonal, canine influenza can strike year round.

The best way to protect your dog from the canine influenza is through vaccination.

The initial vaccination requires two doses of each vaccine, given 2 to 4 weeks apart. Thereafter, an annual booster for influenza is recommended for continued protection.

Please call us to discuss any questions you might have and to set up an appointment. To learn more about canine influenza, visit DogFlu.com.

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November is National Pet Diabetes Month

November 8, 2017

There’s lots to know in November! Check out our monthly chalkboard:

November Pet Theme

Cats and dogs can develop diabetes, just like people can. The disease is fairly common, in fact. Diabetes is reported to affect anywhere between 1 in 100 to 1 in 500 dogs and cats. Diabetic pets can list happy, healthy lives when their diabetes is well-regulated. The key is early diagnosis and treatment.

3 Signs Your Pet Might Have Diabetes

If you notice these signs in your pet, please make an appointment with us.

  1. Increased drinking
  2. Increased urination
  3. Weight loss, despite a good appetite (or even increased appetite)

Complications of Diabetes in Dogs and Cats

This information is from Pet Diabetes Month’s website:

“Dogs and cats with diabetes can develop other health problems, usually after living with diabetes for a year or more.

“For dogs, the most common complication of diabetes is cataract formation. Persistently high blood glucose levels make the lens of the eye become opaque, causing blindness.

“For cats, weakness of the hind legs is a common complication. Persistently high blood glucose levels may damage nerves, causing weakness and muscle wasting.

“For both dogs and cats, avoiding high blood glucose levels should help prevent or delay these complications. For this reason, early diagnosis of diabetes in your dog or cat is especially important.”

What is Life Like with a Diabetic Pet?

Watch this video of real pet owners describing the care and treatment of their diabetic pets– you’ll see that diabetes management is something most people can do!

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October is Adopt-a-Shelter-Dog Month

October 11, 2017

ASPCA’s Adopt-a-Shelter Dog Month

Shelter dogs are our favorite pups! If you’re seeking a new canine companion, consider attending one of these events sponsored by Animal Friends Humane Society.

Animal Friends Humane SocietyOctober 14, 2017 – Camping World Pet Adoption Event

October 21, 2017 – Petmobile at Pet Valu

October 22, 2017 – The HOWL

October 28, 2017 – BOO Fest

October 31, 2017 – Halloween Event at BCSO

Top 5 Reasons to Adopt a Shelter Pet

If you need a good reason to adopt a shelter pet, we have five!

  1. Adopting helps end pet homelessness
  2. Shelter pets have been behavior-tested
  3. Shelter pets have been spayed or neutered
  4. Shelters have the largest selection of pets around
  5. When you adopt a pet, you are saving a life

Other Ways to Help Rescue Dogs

Can’t adopt another pooch right now? How about joining the 5th Annual Paw Joggers Rescue Run at Sharon Woods Park?

Or volunteer your time with the Animal Adoption Foundation as a foster parent or volunteer. Donations for the care and well-being of the animals are also appreciated!

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Howl-o-ween with Your Pet!

October 5, 2017

Spooktacular Pet-Friendly Halloween Events in Cincinnati

Howl-o-ween with Your Pet!Check out these events from Cincinnati.com for some Halloween fun with your pets!

Oct. 7-29: U-Pick Pumpkins, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, noon-5 p.m. Sunday, Simmons Farms, 3020 Schaller Road, Bethel. Pumpkin patch, trebuchet pumpkin launching, hay wagon rides, 2 acre corn maze, hay mountain, farm animals, farm store. Family-friendly. Pets welcome. Free admission. 513-734-3117.

Saturday, Oct. 14: Spooky Pooch, 11 a.m.-4 p.m., Washington Park Glendale, Washington Ave., Glendale. Features grooming exhibition, lure and off leash play and costume contest. Events for humans and pups of all ages. Costume contest parade and other ticket-purchase opportunities. Benefits Multiple Animal Rescues. Free. Registration recommended. 614-286-2802; www.spookypooch.com.

Howl-o-ween with Your Pet!Sunday, Oct. 22: Howl-O-Ween in the Park, noon-3 p.m., Caldwell Nature Preserve, 430 W. North Bend, Carthage. You and your canine companion enjoy photo booth, costume contest, and goody bags. $10 per dog. 513-352-4080; parks.cincyregister.com/howloween2017.

Sunday, Oct. 22: Howl-O-Wine, noon, Vinoklet Winery and Restaurant, 11069 Colerain Ave., Colerain Township. Bring your pooch to winery and enjoy games and costume contest. Wine, beer, soft drinks, and snacks for purchase. Free admission and parking. 513-385-9309.

Sunday, Oct. 22: MainStrasse Village Dog Pawrade, 12:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m., Goebel Park, Philadelphia Street between Fifth and Sixth, Covington. This year’s theme is “Love Your Village, Love Your Pet.” Dress up dog and join fun. Dogs will walk along 6th St. Promenade at 2:30 p.m. Each registered dog receives gift bag. Prizes for best costumes. Music, vendors. photo booth and more. Free. $5 registration per dog to qualify for prizes 859-491-0458.

Sunday, Oct. 22: Barks & Broomsticks, 2-5 p.m., Urban Artifact, 1660 Blue Rock St., Northside. Bring pooch to Halloween event for animal lovers. Costume contest, raffle, games, and more. Benefits YPCA Cincinnati. $10, $5. 513-620-4729.

Howl-o-ween with Your Pet!Thursday, Oct. 26: Happy Howl-O-Ween Yappy Hour, 7-9 p.m., Tap & Screw Brewery, 4721 Red Bank Rd., Oakley. Bring dog for costume contest. Benefits the National Canine Cancer Foundation. $5 donation. 513-451-1763.

Saturday, Oct. 28: Boo Fest, noon-6 p.m., Liberty Center, 7100 Foundry Row, Liberty Township. Pet parade, kids activities, trick or treating at participating stores, and prizes. Parade begins at 1 p.m. Free. 513-644-0900.

Sunday, Oct. 29: Howlaween Parade, 1 p.m. (check-in 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.), Beech Acres Park, 6910 Salem Road, Anderson Township. Dogs and their owners can show off Halloween costumes. Advanced registration required for each dog (and adult handler) to take part in parade. Registration runs October 2-25 (or when event sells out). $5 per dog. Registration required. 513-388-4513.

 

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September is Animal Pain Awareness Month

September 12, 2017

September Pet Theme

Learn to Recognize the Signs of Chronic Pain in Your Pet

The International Veterinary Academy of Pain Management designates September as Animal Pain Awareness Month. Pets don’t always show obvious chronic pain symptoms like whining or wincing. Learn to recognize these signs of pain in cats and dogs to help your pet receive speedier relief.

Most Common Signs Your Pet is in Pain

Common Signs of Pain in PetsCall us if you notice these signs of pain in your dog or cat:

  • Not going up or down stairs like normal
  • Difficulty standing after lying down
  • Over-grooming or licking a particular area
  • Decreased appetite
  • Reluctance to jump up onto surfaces
  • Decreased activity

Treating Your Pet’s Pain

Often, your dog or cat doesn’t have to live with chronic pain. There are therapies to prevent and/or manage the pain. Your pet’s treatment will depend on his or her diagnosis. If you’re concerned your pet may be in pain, make an appointment by calling (513) 829-8989. Let’s work together to help your pet live a healthy and happy life.

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Get in the Oktoberfest Spirit with the Running of the Weiners!

September 1, 2017

Get in the Oktoberfest Spirit with the Running of the Weiners!Celebrate Zinzinnati’s favorite festival in Dachshund style! Taking place Friday, September 15 at 11:30AM, the Running of the Wieners is the annual kickoff to Oktoberfest Zinzinnati.

Each dachshund, outfitted in their provided hot dog bun costume, will run approximately 75 feet in heats of ten to their owners at the opposite end. The winner of each heat will compete in a final race to determine the winning wiener dog! Prizes will be awarded to the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place winners!

Get in the Oktoberfest Spirit with the Running of the Weiners!Check-in for participants is from 10AM-11AM, and there is a $25 entrance fee (which includes a hot dog bun costume for your dog and T-shirt for you).

Click here to register online.

Even if you don’t have a Dachshund to enter in the race, this is a fabulous spectator sport. Share your pictures with us on Instagram and Facebook!

America’s Oktoberfest

September 15-17, 2017
Second and Third Streets, between Walnut and Elm Streets, downtown Cincinnati

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