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Pet Owner Information

Seasonal Pet Health Tips

As spring arrives, we tend to get spring fever and undertake new projects around the house. Before inspiration carries you away, please be aware that these activities affect your pet, too, and can expose them to toxins that may be harmful to their health.

Household Cleaning Supplies

Be careful that your pet does not have access to the cleaning supplies and other harmful household products. A comprehensive list of harmful cleaning and household products can be found on the ASPCA website by clicking here.

Fertilizers, Insecticides, Herbicides & Snail Bait

If you use fertilizers, insecticides, and herbicides, your pets may be at risk for exposure to them. Make sure to keep them out of reach of your pet and that you monitor them in new outdoor surroundings.

Also, click here for a list of toxic and non-toxic plants.

Standing Water

As water collects into puddles, it brings all the chemicals, bacteria, and other harmful toxins found in the grass or other areas it has run off collects. Allowing your pet to drink from standing water exposes them to all sorts of bacteria and diseases. It’s best to bring your own water supply or wait until you get them back home.


Pets have allergies too! If you notice your dog is itching, sniffling, and sneezing, please give us a call to look into it more thoroughly.

Useful Resources

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Dog-Related Sites

Basic Dog Care from Purina.

The Senior Dogs Project. A website devoted to looking out for older dogs.

The American Kennel Club’s list of dog breeds from A to Z.

Providing Love, Support, and Information for Blind Dogs.

Learn About Heartworm Disease in Dogs.

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The Cat Fancier’s Association has information on cat shows, cat breeds, cat care, as well as a showcase of top winning cats.

Cat care tips from Purina. 

Cornell University Veterinary School’s Feline Health Center website contains information on medical topics relating to cat health care.

Ohio State University’s Indoor Cat Initiative provides information related to enriching the lives of indoor cats.

Information about Feline Hyperthyroidism

The Internet Guide to Feline Diabetes.

Heartworm is not only a disease for dogs; cats can get heartworm, too. Learn more by visiting or The Feline Heartworm Society.

General Pet Sites

The ASPCA exists to promote humane principles, prevent cruelty and alleviate fear, pain, and suffering in animals.

Visit the ASPCA’s Animal Poison Control Center website for any animal poison-related emergency.

If animals could talk, you would find their voices at The Humane Society of the United States. The Humane Society promotes the protection of all animals. Here you will find many wonderful animal-related stories and lots of valuable information on pet care, pet adoption, and animal welfare issues.

Learn more about the human-animal health connection at Pet Partners.

Pet Palace A Great Source of Information for you and your pet.

Here are solutions to your Pet’s Behavior Problems provided to you by the SPCA.

Are you looking to adopt a pet? Are you looking for a lost pet? You can do both at

Growing Up With Pets provides information on helping parents foster strong, healthy relationships between their children and their pets.

Here are recommendations for diagnosing, treating, and preventing parasite infections from Pets and Parasites. 

The American Animal Hospital Association (AAHA) is the only organization that accredits small animal hospitals. AAHA-accredited hospitals adhere to the highest quality standards, which helps ensure the best care for your pet. is the pet owner website offered by AAHA, offering a wealth of information and fun activities related to pet care. is the veterinary profession’s premiere online resource, providing veterinarians, veterinary students, and the veterinary industry with the information and tools they need to address modern veterinary practice demands.

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Pet Loss Information

The University of Florida offers a Grief Support Hotline plus some articles on coping with pet loss.

Tufts University offers a Grief Support Hotline and articles regarding the loss of a pet.

Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine’s Pet Loss Support Hotline.

The University of Illinois Grief Support Hotline.

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Traveling With Your Pet

Visit DogFriendly before you plan your trip.

Traveling with your cat by the Feline Advisory Bureau

Basic information on domestic and international travel of pets by the US Department of Agriculture