Top 10 Reasons to Get a Puppy

Post written by Emily Garcia, Marketing Coordinator

puppyface10. Free acupuncture
Puppy teeth double as acupuncture needles. And they’re more than happy to use them on you!

9. New carpet
Were you on the fence about whether or not your carpet needed replacing? You won’t be after potty training a puppy!  At a minimum, you’ll be in need of a visit from your local Stanley Steemer rep!

8. Exercise benefits
Forget walking the puppy. You’ll burn far more calories sprinting to grab them when they squat on the aforementioned carpet or chasing them down before they sink those puppy tooth daggers into your favorite pair of shoes. Continue reading “Top 10 Reasons to Get a Puppy”

Dog Owners: Don’t Forget the Lepto!


Post written by Mark Niblo, Marketing Director at Durvet | Long Distance Runner | Iowa by Birth-Kansas City by Choice

One of the most overlooked and preventable diseases in dogs is infection with Leptospirosis.

Lepto is widespread in the environment and all dogs are at risk for this disease.  Even indoor dogs who have little outside exposure will end up going outside eventually.

Leptospirosis is a waterborne disease. Dogs are susceptible to infection by drinking contaminated water puddles on a walking trail, in your backyard, in city parks, or places such as water hazards at the golf course.

Water can carry Leptospirosis when infected carriers such as raccoons, opossums, squirrels, livestock and rodents urinate in open or standing water.

This disease can be fatal and is zoonotic, which means it can be transmitted from animals to people. In dogs, signs include fever, vomiting and diarrhea. Liver disease and acute kidney failure are possible.

Three ways to minimize the risk are: Continue reading “Dog Owners: Don’t Forget the Lepto!”

3 Part Flea Control

mike gallagherPost written by Mike Gallagher, Sales Coordinator

Our pets provide us with so much enjoyment. No matter how good or bad your day has gone, when you come home your dogs and cats are very happy to see you. Their moods never change…always very positive.

The same thing can’t always be said for their owners.

Owning a pet has responsibilities that accompany the ownership. Taking care of their basic needs goes along with the ownership.

Flea control is a big part of pet health that the owner needs to address. Fleas need to be prevented or serious health issues come into play with the pet. We could be talking flea bite dermatitis on the skin of the pet. Continue reading “3 Part Flea Control”

The More You Know: My Cat Grim Had a Skin Allergy

Callista BondPost written by Callista Bond, Creative Entrepreneur | Graphic Designer | Photographer | Artist | Planeteer

Keeping your pets healthy and happy is usually pretty easy… as long as you take all the proper precautions of course.

Unfortunately, there are unknowns, mystery illnesses and annoyances that may suddenly plague your pet. Paying attention to what’s going on with your pet’s health, and taking the right actions to make sure your pet’s condition doesn’t worsen, should be a top priority for every pet mom or dad.

This past fall I had to play the game of “Guess my cat’s skin allergy.” Grim, my 10-year-old fur baby, developed a sore near his right ear.  Scratches and small sores near his ears aren’t uncommon, but even though we keep Grim’s back claws trimmed and neat, he tends to find himself in prickly situations from time to time. Continue reading “The More You Know: My Cat Grim Had a Skin Allergy”

Keep Your Pets Safe This Holiday Season…By Mike Gallagher

mike gallagherPost written by Mike Gallagher, Sales Coordinator

When they asked me to write this blog, I thought I needed to do some research so I could sound like a professional.

Everything I found involving pets and Christmas paraphernalia tended to be negative….things like pets consuming things they shouldn’t, which resulted in diarrhea, vomiting or even worse. Wow! Not a good way to enjoy the holidays.

From a personal standpoint, if our two Shih Tzu’s got into something they shouldn’t during the holidays, I would be the one expected to clean up the debris from a good case of diarrhea or vomit. You see, my wife becomes ill at the sight of such nonsense, so I draw the short straw on the deal. Continue reading “Keep Your Pets Safe This Holiday Season…By Mike Gallagher”