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Holiday Road Trips with Your Pet

Hitting the road the right way for the holidays.

With the holidays upon us many people are traveling to visit friends and family and want to bring their dog or cat with them.   There are many things you can do to make travel easier and less stressful for your pet.

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Keep Turkey Day from Going to the Dogs

Counter surfing, scrap snatching, and other canine tricks to look out for at Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving is my favorite time of the year but it poses some challenges for dog owners.  During the holidays food is everywhere, just tempting your dog to counter surf and feed himself. Make sure all food is pushed back away from the counter’s edge, out of the reach of your dog.

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Howloween Rover-dose

What if your pooch gets into the Halloween treats? Dr. Patten has got you covered. Tips to make the season less scary (and pics of pups dressed up for the holiday).

It’s that time of year when houses are chock full of candy. Be careful — for dogs, eating a stash of chocolate can cause a lot of problems.  It is well known that chocolate can be toxic to dogs, but it is the amount and type of chocolate that matters.  Larger dogs are able to safely consume more chocolate than smaller dogs.

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Ticked Off

After a warm winter, experts predict higher tick populations in the Northeast than normal. How can you keep your pet tick free? Or remove one once it’s attached? Dr. Patten gives us the low down.

What diseases can ticks transmit to my dog?

Ticks can transmit Lyme, Erhlichia, Anaplasma, Rocky Mountain Spotted Fever and many other diseases. Signs of a tick-borne disease may include fever, lethargy, joint pain, and decreased appetite.  If you notice any of these symptoms you should

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Season of the Itch

Spring got your dog scratching? Dr. Patten helps a reader track down the source of a persistent itch.

Dear Dr. Patten,
Now that it’s gotten warmer, my dog’s scratching way more than he usually does. I’ve tried a new flea collar, Advantage treatments, even different shampoos, but it doesn’t seem to give him any relief. In fact, the poor guy’s skin is really starting to look red and irritated. What am I missing?

– Bill E.

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Cat R.I.P.

A beautiful plant poses special dangers to cats. Dr. Patten gives you the low down.

Spring is here! Flowers are blooming and you may have fresh cut flowers brightening up your home. Many cats like to nibble on and ingest the flowers and leaves from bouquets or indoor plants. Around spring time, lilies are very popular.

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Winter Warning: Safety Tips for Your Dog

It takes more than fur to make it safely through the winter. Dr. Patten shares a few tips to keep your pal safe and warm on cold winter walks.

Is sidewalk salt harmful to my dog?

Sidewalk deicers can be made up of many different chemicals, such as sodium chloride, potassium chloride, magnesium chloride, and calcium carbonate.  All of these chemicals can irritate the skin on your dog’s paws. Luckily, none of these chemicals are absorbed through the skin. To avoid the skin irritation, place booties on your dog when you walk outside, or simply wipe your dog’s paws with a wet towel when you come inside. The water will dilute any chemicals and rinse them away.

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Canine Resolutions

Dr. Patten’s 10 tips and tricks for a happy, healthy 2017!

Humans might not be so great at sticking to New Year’s resolutions, but dogs love a new challenge. Try some of these resolutions for a great New Year!

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Fido-Hazard: Health Dangers at the Dog Park

There are worse things at a dog park than a fight. Avoid parasites and communicable diseases with a few simple tips from Dr. Caroline Patten of Liberty Vet Clinic.

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Dog parks are a great place to socialize your dog and to let them burn off some energy. But there are a few precautions you should take before allowing your dog to enter a dog park.

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Keeping Canines Cool

Hot weather is expected to continue into September — and that spells danger for dogs. A few tips from Dr. Patten, of Liberty Vet Clinic, for helping your pup keep cool.

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August was a hot month and we can probably expect a few more scorchers in early September! Keep in mind that dogs are very susceptible to heat stroke. Please be very careful when outside with your dog, even if the temps don’t hit the high 90s. Signs of heat stroke include excessive panting and drooling, restlessness, agitation, and an increased body temperature.

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