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Author: Dr. Caroline Patten

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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Incatinence

Cat urine outside the litter box can cause all sorts of damage to rugs, hardwood floors, and clothing (not to mention your relationship with your cat). It can also be a sign of a serious medical condition. East Fallser Dr. Caroline Patten, of Liberty Veterinary Clinic,  resident) has some tips to deal with inappropriate urination in her column this month. 

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House soiling, or inappropriate urination, is the most common behavioral problem of cats. However, when a cat urinates outside of the litter box, this behavioral problem may have an underlying medical cause.

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Happy Kitty!

How to stop kitty from hacking up hair balls? Dr. Caroline Patten of Liberty Vet Clinic has some tips in this month’s “Everything Pets” column.

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Cats will groom themselves and will swallow their hair as they do.

This hair will either pass through the cat or in some cats, the hair comes back up as a hair ball, leaving a mess on the floor for you to clean up.

With some minor changes you may be able to prevent or decrease the frequency of hair balls in your cat.

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Dog Park Dangers

A dog park fight can ruin an otherwise great day with your dog, Dr. Caroline Patten, of Liberty Vet Clinic, answers common questions about dog park “best practices” in this month’s “Everything Pets” column.

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How do I keep my dog safe at the dog park?
When you first walk into the dog park, all of the dogs crowd around the gate. This creates a stressful situation for the dog entering the park and increases the risk of a dog fight.

To deescalate this tense situation, guide your dog to the middle of the park, away from the pack of dogs at the gate.

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Canines in Cars

Hot Spot! With summer just around the corner, Dr. Caroline Patten, of Liberty Vet Clinic, provides some guidance about leaving your dog in the car in this month’s “Everything Pets” column.

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Dear Dr. Patten,

I love my dog! I have owned dogs all my life, and have always thought of myself as a great dog owner, frankly, but now a recent encounter with a total stranger has me wondering.

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Tips for Doggie Distance

With the warmer weather it’s tempting to take your best friend for a run. Here are some tips from Dr. Caroline Patten, of Liberty Vet Clinic, to keep it safe and fun.

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Training Is Key
Your dog needs to build up his stamina for longer runs just like you do. Start your dog on shorter runs and see how he tolerates them.  If he does well and can keep up with you without overheating, you can slowly increase the length of his runs.

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