Whisker City® Turbo Scratcher

I just went to Petsmart to get some chinchilla food and bedding when I remembered Cooper and River had destroyed their scratcher and could probably use new one. There were scratchers better than the one they had for about $8. I should have gotten one of those, but no. I got the $15 dollar one. … Read more

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Recognizing Pain

**Work in Progress** Unlike other medications, pain medication is always as needed. You don’t have to finish it all. You just use it until the pain subsides and you are done. I was always a little shocked when I’d explain this to pet owners and they would ask, “Well how do I know he’s in … Read more

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Giardia

So you’ve been to the vet and they told you that your pet has Giardia. This is common in young animals and places where animals congregate. It is also endemic to my home state of Utah and the rest of the world as well. We see it frequently in the hospital, prescribe the common meds … Read more

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Common Health Issues

In school they always said that there were four factors that decided the heath of your pet: Genetics Food Environment Vet care They stressed often that since we only have control over three of these things, we should be vigilant to make sure they are the best possible. Provide the best foods, keep the environment … Read more

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Sterilizing

Sterilization is the process of removing all living organisms and biological agents from an item. In the hospital we use autoclaves to steam clean surgical instruments before use. After they have been scrubbed clean, lubricated and air dried they are wrapped in a pack with other tools, towels and drapes the veterinarian will use in … Read more

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Disinfecting

Not to be confused with Cleaning or Sterilizing. Disinfecting is using a chemical or other substance to kill microorganisms on a surface. It does not kill ALL organisms but it reduces the number a great amount. As they teach in vet school, and probably other schools as well: Dilution is the Solution to Pollution Disinfection … Read more

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Cleaning

This is not to be confused with Sterilizing or Disinfecting, which are different things all together. Cleaning is what you do around your house to remove dirt, dust and other gross things to keep your home fresh and hygienic. This is scooping your litter box daily and washing it out weekly (or monthly at the … Read more

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Veterinary Care

Find a good veterinarian you like early and stay with them. You will need to visit the vet at least once a year for an exam and prevention review. It’s great when they already have a history on your beloved fur child and good veterinary staff are really good at answering all the questions you … Read more

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