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Puppy Training 101

March 2, 2018

As a veterinarian, I am often asked by new puppy owners when they can start training their pups. Some trainers are still recommending that you wait until the puppy is 6 months old. To me, this means 4 months of missed opportunity and the creation of bad habits. I believe puppy training should start the […]

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Old Dog, Cold Dog

March 1, 2018

I keep my home rather chilly in the winter. I don’t like wasting energy, and I don’t mind wearing an extra layer. (Could be this stems from my love of New England, where I met my husband.) My dogs and cats wear their fur coats all the time, so I never saw the cold house […]

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Pet Communication

February 12, 2018

Do your pets try to tell you things?  Most seem to.  Much of their communication is pretty clear, especially when you have known your pet for many years.  I’m hungry, I need to pee, let’s play.  But sometimes what needs to be communicated is more complicated.My dog, Gator, has developed many ways to tell me […]

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Combat Fleas & Ticks

July 28, 2017
Greetings, all followers of Mason's wisdom! In this article, LEARN MORE ABOUT FLEAS AND TICKS (the scourge!), how to properly REMOVE AN EMBEDDED TICK (yuck!) from your pet’s skin and deal with HOME FLEA DE-INFESTATION (because NOBODY'S got time for that!). Fleas and ticks are a MAJOR PROBLEM in our area due to this region’s [...]

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Canine Influenza

June 15, 2017
I'm sure you've heard of the Doggy Flu (aka Canine Influenza) before, right? Well, if you haven't we have some information about this disease that you should definitely know! The American Kennel Club has recently confirmed cases of Canine Influenza in dogs who have been to dog shows NC , SC, GA, FL, TN, KY, [...]

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Pet First Aid Tips

December 6, 2016
What would you do if...your dog ate the bag of semi-sweet chocolate chips that was left out on the table?...your cat had a seizure right in front of you?...your dog fell down the stairs and started limping?...your cat got into a fight and was bleeding?I know from personal experience that cats and dogs (and other [...]

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Fall Pest Management

November 1, 2016
Good day, humans!  With Fall blustering in and temperatures dropping, you might think it's ok to stop giving your cats and dogs their Flea & Tick and Heartworm medications.  But it's not!  If anything, Fall is one of the worst times for fleas and ticks as cooler weather doesn’t kill fleas and ticks!  For example, the [...]

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Help for Joint Disease

September 28, 2016
Good morning, humans!  (Well, it's morning for me, as I just woke us from my mid-morning feeding nap)  Today we are going to talk about something that's been affecting me lately, and lots of other dogs and cats I see at our hospital: Joint Disease. As our pets grow older, it becomes more probable for [...]

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AAHA Explained

June 14, 2016
It's time for another one of Mason's Mewsings!  Today, we'll be talking about AAHA, the American Animal Hospital Association.  You may have seen their logo on our website or around the hospital. So, what is AAHA?  Per Wikipedia, "The American Animal Hospital Association is a non-profit organization for companion animal veterinary hospitals.  Established in 1933, the association is the only accrediting [...]

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Low Stress at the Vet

January 26, 2016
Hello, all you followers of Mason, you!  I have a very important topic to talk about today: low-stress handling.  The name may sound self-explanatory, but there is a lot of buzz about this "new" way of handling pets.   With animals, we have to rely on rewarding behavior as soon as it happens, and we [...]

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