Beating Back to School Blues

Transitioning from fun, summer activities to back-to-school schedules is never an easy task. These tips and tricks might make the blues a little more bearable.


It’s Back-to-School season! While this school year may look a little different than years past, households across America are still thrust into the familiar chaos of preparing for their child’s return to learning. Schedule shifts, e-learning, sporting practices, social activities, and the general hurried rush that comes with this major change in your family’s schedule is rough on everyone in the home. And, as it often happens with big changes, your pet’s normal schedule can often become lost or confusing as everyone settles into a new routine. Instead of afternoon walks and play time in the park, their companions are suddenly unavailable, or not home at all. 

Our domesticated animals are creatures of habit, especially our canine friends. Those “back to school blues” can be a real bummer.


When to Vaccinate Your Dog: A Guide

two dogs smiling with a veterinary employee


Just like in human medicine, vaccinations are designed to help protect your pet from many dangerous, and potentially fatal diseases including rabies and lyme disease. Some of these vaccines are administered annually at your pet’s yearly appointment, some vaccines are given every 6 months, and, finally, a few are done every three years. But, remembering when to vaccinate your dog can be a bit overwhelming for many folks. This is where your pet’s trusty veterinary office comes in! Knowing when and how often these vaccines should be administered, along with maintaining other healthy habits, will help you keep your pet happy and healthy for as long as possible.

But exactly how do vaccines work?


Pet Vaccines 101: What We Protect Against

veterinarian drawing up vaccines out of a brown glass bottle
Protecting your pets from deadly diseases doesn’t have to be hard. Vaccinating your pet provides the best chances for a happy, healthy life.


Whether you buy a purebred puppy from a breeder or adopt a senior pet from a shelter, keeping them up-to-date on their vaccinations is critical to the overall health of your animal. Protecting your pet against the common infectious and parasitic diseases ensures you have your four-legged friend for as long as possible. Knowing which diseases we vaccinate your pet against, and understanding the importance of why you shouldn’t let those pet vaccines expire, will ensure you provide the best possible life for your furry friend.

But…what’s with all the vaccines?


Toxic Treats: What You Need to Know

You might want to reconsider sneaking Buddy those table scraps.


The ASPCA Poison Control Center handled more than 200,000 cases in 2018 concerning potential poisonings and toxic treats.

We’ve all done it. Your fur-baby is sitting next to your chair, those big eyes fixated on YOUR dinner plate. The anxious shift of the feet as they wait patiently for a reward for being such a good boy or girl. We don’t even think about it. We pick up a juicy cut of meat or a cheesy lump of whatever and toss it down to the eagerly awaiting critter. No big deal, right?


Poison Prevention Awareness: The Basics

pitbull dog in a plastic vet collar not feeling well
Potential toxins are everywhere. Don’t find out the hard way – know what to look for and how to avoid it.


March is Poison Prevention Awareness Month, bringing attention to many of the toxins and dangers that may lurk, unknowingly, in your home.

It’s that time of year – Poison Prevention Awareness! The third week of March was dedicated by President John F. Kennedy in 1962 as National Poison Prevention Week. For nearly 60 years, our government uses this time to educate the public on how to recognize, and protect against, poisonous substances. Over the years, Poison Prevention Awareness has unofficially expanded to the entire month of March, and now includes both humans and animals.